Laura Schwab Reese

Assistant Professor

The primary goal of Dr. Schwab Reese’s work is to inform, develop, and evaluate interventions to reduce intentional and unintentional injuries. She has worked in a wide range of injury topics, including intimate partner violence, suicide, opioid overdose, traffic safety culture, bullying, teen driving, sports injury, and child abuse, but she is particularly interested in primary prevention of violence perpetration.

Her approach to violence prevention is guided by a theoretical framework that suggests internal factors, such as mental health, substance use, and adverse childhood experiences, contribute to a behavioral predisposition to perpetration. However, the physical and psychosocial context may escalate or deescalate this predisposition to violence.

As a trained counselor, health educator and public health researcher, her focus is understanding and intervening at the intersection of the internal and external environment.

Beyond her primary research interests, she is also passionate about using her expertise to support state and local communities. She frequently collaborates with community organizations, public health departments, and others to address community concerns about injuries and violence.


Berger Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017) The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora CO
PhD (2015) Community & Behavioral Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Graduate Certificate (2013) Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
MA (2010) Community & Rehabilitation Counseling, College of Education, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
BS (2008) Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


  • Prevention of injuries and violence
  • Understanding how the environment shapes individual experience
  • Measuring violence in public health research and practice


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