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‌‌Laura E. T. Swan

Ph.D. student


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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 student 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 interests focus on women’s reproductive decision making from the perspective of intersectional feminist theory and using a reproductive justice framework.  She is particularly interested in increasing access to reproductive health information and family planning services, understanding the role of social norms, and reducing provider bias among low-income women and women living in rural areas. 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 begin 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. In her free time, Swan enjoys hiking, 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

Select publications

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.

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.