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‌‌Laura E. T. Swan

Ph.D. candidate


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M.S.W., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
B.S., Appalachian State University

Laura E. T. Swan is a doctoral candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Appalachian State University and a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Swan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and prior to coming to VCU, she worked with survivors of physical trauma at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Laura’s research focuses on understanding reproductive decision making through an intersectional feminist and reproductive justice lens. She is particularly interested in enhancing reproductive autonomy by increasing access to reproductive health and family planning services and reducing provider bias among low-income patients and people living in rural areas. Swan is currently engaged in independent and collaborative research exploring abortion stories, unmet family planning needs in Appalachia, rural college students’ reproductive experiences, and interpersonal violence victimization, including reproductive coercion. Swan is also interested in extending the reach of research and addressing the research-to-practice gap through the use of infographics and social media to disseminate research findings outside of the academy.

Swan is excited to have begun teaching B.S.W. students in fall 2019. Her teaching philosophy focuses on providing clear expectations and meaningful learning while preparing students to be effective and passionate social workers. Swan believes in self-care and boundary setting and enjoys hiking, cooking, reading autobiographies, and dabbling in fine arts and graphic design.


Twitter: @LauraETSwan

Notable awards, honors and appointments

  • School of Social Work Service & Leadership Award, April 2019 Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work, Richmond, VA
  • Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship, April 2019 Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Social Work, Richmond, VA
  • Community and Public Health Research Award, April 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA


Swan, L. E. T., Mennicke, A., & Kim, Y. (under review). Reproductive coercion and interpersonal violence victimization among college women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Bouchard, L. M., Price, S. K., & Swan, L. E. T. (in press). The role of the contemporary Christian Church in the rural American South: Philosophical approaches to operationalizing religion in research. Social Work & Christianity.

Swan, L. E. T., Henry, R. S., Smith, E. R., Aguayo Arelis, A., Rabago, B., & Perrin, P. B. (in press). Discrimination and intimate partner violence victimization and perpetration among a convenience sample of LGBT individuals in Latin America. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Ferguson, A., Swan, L. E. T., & Im, H. (in press). A domains approach to perceived problems and solutions for community empowerment in an urban refugee community in Kenya. Global Social Welfare.

Im, H., & Swan, L. E. T. (2019). Qualitative exploration of critical health literacy among Afghan and Congolese refugees resettled in the USA. Health Education Journal, 78(1), 38-50.