Laura McCloskey

Director, I.U. Center for Research on Health Disparities
Applied Health Science

Applied Health Science
(812) 855-4980
Sycamore 237

  • University of Rochester, P.D., 1988
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., 1986
  • University of Washington-Seattle, B.S., 1979
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 1976
  • SPH 310
  • SPH 457
  • SPH 717
  • Director, Center for Research on Health Disparities, Indiana University, SPH, 2011-present
  • Director, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Detroit MI, 2006-2008
Past External Grants (R01)
  • "The costs and benefits of interventions for domestic violence," Agency for healthcare research quality 2000-2005
  • "The intergenerational transmission of aggression in children," NIMH 1995-2000
Research Interests

I have studied the origins and effects of gender-based violence across the life-course on girls' and women's mental and reproductive health. Current projects examine racial disparities in birth outcomes in Indiana; the antecedents of dating violence among adolescent girls; and the development of new interventions for the children of HIV-positive women in South Africa.

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications
Bailey, J. A., & McCloskey, L. A. (2005). Pathways to adolescent substance use among sexually abused girls. Journal of abnormal child psychology, 33(1), 39-53.

McCloskey, L. A., Williams, C., & Larsen, U. (2005). Gender inequality and intimate partner violence among women in Moshi, Tanzania. International family planning perspectives, 124-130.

Williams, C., Larsen, U., & McCloskey, L. A. (2010). The impact of childhood sexual abuse and intimate partner violence on sexually transmitted infections. Violence and victims, 25(6), 787-798.

Becker, K. D., Stuewig, J., & McCloskey, L. A. (2010). Traumatic stress symptoms of women exposed to different forms of childhood victimization and intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25(9), 1699-1715.

McCloskey, L. A. (2013). The intergenerational transfer of mother-daughter risk for gender-based abuse. Psychodynamic psychiatry, 41(2), 303-328.

McCloskey, L.A. (in press, 2015) The intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment: Determinants of maternal risk.  Chapter to appear in D. Teti (Ed) The Pennsylvania State Symposium on Child Maltreament. Lawrence Erlbaum