Laura A. Voith, MSW, PhD

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

MSW, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

BA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Room 216
Case Western Reserve University
11235 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Stemming from her macro and direct practice work with domestic violence and sexual assault services, Dr. Voith focuses on violence prevention and intervention, particularly violence against women and children, and implementation science on the delivery of violence prevention programs. Her research on social inequalities contributing to the risk of violence exposure, subsequent health disparities resulting from violence exposure, and the prevention of such violence is carried out through two lines of research. (1) Dr. Voith examines the effects of individual- and neighborhood-level cumulative risk and protective factors on the relation between violence exposure and risky outcomes with children and adolescents. (2) Dr. Voith examines how men’s exposure to trauma, violence, and adversities contribute to violent perpetration and victimization, and how individual factors, such as men’s social networks, interact with neighborhood-level characteristics to enhance or diminish the risk of men’s use of violence in intimate relationships.  These two lines of research will inform the development and evaluation of violence prevention programs with at-risk children and adolescents, and the improvement of batterer intervention programming with men.


Course List:

Master’s Courses

  • SASS 441: Human Development II: Adults
  • SASS 478: Macro and Policy Practice Skills


Doctoral Student Mentoring:

Dr. Voith is committed to the development of the Mandel School’s doctoral and masters-level students. Her mentoring philosophy is grounded in the basic tenet that through scaffolded, collaborative, and experiential learning opportunities, students will develop the requisite skills to launch their careers as independent scholars. Working with Dr. Voith, students will have the opportunities to learn the processes of grant writing and manuscript development, co-author manuscripts, and present at national conferences. She also welcomes the opportunity for doctoral students to complete a teaching mentorship in one of her current courses.


Scholarly Interests:

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Boys and men’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Violence prevention and intervention



  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Council for Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
  • The Institute for Child and Family Wellbeing (ICFW)


Laura Voith in the News

  • Voith Publishes New Study of Intimate Partner Violence Among College-Aged Men
    by Ann Blackman on July 21, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    The majority of college-aged male aggressors of physical, sexual and emotional violence also reported being victims of violence themselves, both in childhood and as young adults According to new Mandel School research, 60 percent of college-aged men reported being both victims and perpetrators of violence with an intimate partner in the year before their participation [… […]

  • Voith Publishes Study of Violent Victimization Among Disadvantaged Young Adults
    by Mandel School on April 28, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Laura A. Voith, PhD, Assistant Professor, was the lead author of “Violent Victimization Among Disadvantaged Young Adults Exposed to Early Family Conflict and Abuse: A 24-Year Prospective Study of the Victimization Cycle Across Gender,” a study published in the journal Violence and Victims that examined connections from family conflict exposure and physical abuse in childhood to violent crime [… […]

  • Voith Publishes Exploratory Study on Empowering Traumatized Girls
    by Mandel School on April 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Laura A. Voith, PhD, Assistant Professor, was lead author of an exploratory study published in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma which used focus groups and participant-observation to examine areas of personal development, knowledge, and skills that former graduates, staff, and administrators of a Philippines-based independent living program believed essential for the success of young women with [… […]