Laura Johnson

Assistant Professor
Social Work
1301 Cecil B Moore Avenue


Laura Johnson is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University. She holds a PhD and MSW in social work from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Prior to joining Temple, she worked at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at the Rutgers School of Social Work for over eight years, where she served on the senior leadership team and conducted research and evaluation related to the prevention and intervention of violence against women.

The goal of Laura’s research is to support the mental and physical health of survivors of interpersonal violence, as well as their safety and empowerment, through the development and adaptation of measures and interventions. She is also interested in community-based evaluations, and research focused on intervention implementation and strengthening interagency collaborations.


  • PhD, Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • MSW, Clinical Social Work Concentration, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • BA, International Relations, Lehigh University

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




SSWG 5005

Social Welfare Policies and Services I


SSWG 5006

Social Welfare Policies and Services II


SSWG 8607

Advanced Policy - Gender and Sexuality


Selected Publications

  • McMahon, S., Connor, R.A., Frye, V., Cusano, J., & Johnson, L. (2023). The presence, action, and influence of bystanders who witness sexual harassment against medical students. Med Teach, 45(10), pp. 1134-1139. England. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2023.2193306

  • Johnson, L. & Winter, S.C. (2023). Someone you can count on: Examining the mediating effect of social support on economic abuse and depression. Am J Community Psychol, 72(1-2), pp. 3-14. England. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12666

  • Cusano, J., Kirkner, A., Johnson, L., & McMahon, S. (2023). Sexual violence prevalence and disclosure patterns among college undergraduates: exploring types of sexual violence and incident-specific characteristics. J Am Coll Health, 71(3), pp. 725-735. United States. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2021.1905648

  • Winter, S., Johnson, L., Obara, L.M., & Nair, D. (2023). Exploring Non-partner Violence in Informal Settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. J Interpers Violence, 38(1-2), pp. NP2017-NP2047. United States. doi: 10.1177/08862605221097444

  • Johnson, L. (2023). Intimate Partner Violence, Child Custody, and Financial Issues Among Female Suicide Decedents With Known Intimate Partner Problems: National Violent Death Reporting System, 2018. Womens Health Issues, 33(5), pp. 532-540. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2023.04.005

  • Johnson, L., Nikolova, K., Hoge, G.L., & Postmus, J.L. (2022). Exploring Factors Associated with Intimate Partner Violence Survivors' Use of Financial Safety Planning Strategies. Violence Against Women, p. 10778012221147913. United States. doi: 10.1177/10778012221147913

  • Winter, S.C., Obara, L.M., Aguilar, N.J., & Johnson, L. (2022). Breaking the Cycle: Women's Perceptions of the Causes of Violence and Crime in Informal Settlements in Nairobi, Kenya, and Their Strategies for Response and Prevention. J Interpers Violence, 37(19-20), pp. NP17394-NP17428. United States. doi: 10.1177/08862605211028013

  • Winter, S.C., Aguilar, N.J., Obara, L.M., & Johnson, L. (2022). "Next, it will be you": Women's Fear of Victimization and Precautionary Safety Behaviors in Informal Settlement Communities in Nairobi, Kenya. Violence Against Women, 28(12-13), pp. 2966-2991. United States. doi: 10.1177/10778012211045718

  • Postmus, J.L., Nikolova, K., Lin, H., & Johnson, L. (2022). Women's Economic Abuse Experiences: Results from the UN Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific. J Interpers Violence, 37(15-16), pp. NP13115-NP13142. United States. doi: 10.1177/08862605211003168

  • Cardenas, I., Johnson, L., & Postmus, J.L. (2022). Improving Quality of Life Among Latina Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Through Economic Empowerment. J Interpers Violence, 37(15-16), pp. NP14564-NP14587. United States. doi: 10.1177/08862605211013958

  • Johnson, L., Chen, Y., Stylianou, A., & Arnold, A. (2022). Examining the impact of economic abuse on survivors of intimate partner violence: a scoping review. BMC Public Health, 22(1), p. 1014. England. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-13297-4

  • Johnson, L. & Stylianou, A.M. (2022). Coordinated Community Responses to Domestic Violence: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Trauma Violence Abuse, 23(2), pp. 506-522. United States. doi: 10.1177/1524838020957984

  • Johnson, L., Cusano, J.L., Nikolova, K., Steiner, J.J., & Postmus, J.L. (2022). Do You Believe Your Partner is Capable of Killing You? An Examination of Female IPV Survivors' Perceptions of Fatality Risk Indicators. J Interpers Violence, 37(1-2), pp. NP594-NP619. United States. doi: 10.1177/0886260520916273

  • Winter, S.C., Johnson, L., & Obara, L.M. (2021). Neighborhood Cohesion, Perceptions of Disorder, and the Geography of Women's Fear of Crime in Informal Settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. Am J Community Psychol, 68(3-4), pp. 385-401. England. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12519

  • Johnson, L. (2021). Exploring factors associated with pregnant women's experiences of material hardship during COVID-19: a cross-sectional Qualtrics survey in the United States. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 21(1), p. 755. England. doi: 10.1186/s12884-021-04234-1

  • Johnson, L., Hoge, G.L., Nikolova, K., & Postmus, J.L. (2021). Escala de Abuso Economico: Validating the Scale of Economic Abuse-12 (SEA-12) in Spanish. Journal of Family Violence, 36(7), pp. 885-897. doi: 10.1007/s10896-021-00251-y

  • Johnson, L. (2021). Increasing Financial Empowerment among Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: A Growth Curve Analysis. Am J Community Psychol, 68(1-2), pp. 29-46. England. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12491

  • Johnson, L., Davidoff, E., & DeSilva, A.R. (2021). Motivations for Police Support of Domestic Violence Response Team Implementation With Advocates. Violence Against Women, 27(9), pp. 1150-1172. United States. doi: 10.1177/1077801220930821

  • McMahon, S.M., Hoge, G.L., Johnson, L., & McMahon, S. (2021). "Stand Up and Do Something": Exploring Students' Perspectives on Bystander Intervention. J Interpers Violence, 36(7-8), pp. NP3869-NP3888. United States. doi: 10.1177/0886260518782984

  • Johnson, L. (2021). Economic abuse within intimate relationships. In The Routledge International Handbook of Domestic Violence and Abuse (pp. 297-310).

  • Nikolova, K., Steiner, J.J., Postmus, J.L., Hetling, A., & Johnson, L. (2021). Administering the U.S. Family Violence Option: The role of stigma in waiver recommendations. Health Soc Care Community, 29(1), pp. 66-77. England. doi: 10.1111/hsc.13069

  • Steiner, J.J., Johnson, L., Postmus, J.L., & Davis, R. (2021). Sexual Violence of Liberian School Age Students: An Investigation of Perpetration, Gender, and Forms of Abuse. J Child Sex Abus, 30(1), pp. 21-40. United States. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2018.1549176

  • Davila, A.L., Johnson, L., & Postmus, J.L. (2021). Examining the Relationship Between Economic Abuse and Mental Health Among Latina Intimate Partner Violence Survivors in the United States. J Interpers Violence, 36(1-2), pp. NP287-NP310. United States. doi: 10.1177/0886260517731311

  • Backes, B.L., Johnson, L., & Postmus, J. (2020). Guest Editor Introduction: Special Issue on Intimate Partner Stalking. Journal of Family Violence, 35(7), pp. 659-663. doi: 10.1007/s10896-020-00166-0

  • Dreke, R.J., Johnson, L., & Landhuis, J. (2020). Challenges with and Recommendations for Intimate Partner Stalking Policy and Practice: a Practitioner Perspective. Journal of Family Violence, 35(7), pp. 769-779. doi: 10.1007/s10896-020-00164-2

  • Johnson, L., Postmus, J.L., Hetling, A., Steiner, J., Riordan, A., & Braasch, L. (2020). Divergent Attitudes among Domestic Violence Risk Assessors and County Welfare Agency Staff during the Family Violence Option Process. Human Service Organizations Management, Leadership and Governance, 44(2), pp. 169-186. doi: 10.1080/23303131.2019.1702129

  • Steiner, J.J., Johnson, L., Hetling, A., Lin, H., & Postmus, J.L. (2020). Creating a Tool for Assessing Domestic Violence Risk and Impact Among TANF Clients. Advances in Social Work, 19(1), pp. 157-180. doi: 10.18060/22606

  • Duron, J.F., Johnson, L., Hoge, G.L., & Postmus, J.L. (2020). Observing Coercive Control Beyond Intimate Partner Violence: Examining the Perceptions of Professionals About Common Tactics Used in Victimization. Psychology of Violence. doi: 10.1037/vio0000354

  • Johnson, L., Postmus, J.L., Khetarpal, R., Schwartz, R., Buttner, C., & McMahon, S. (2019). The Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University. Research on Social Work Practice, 29(2), pp. 234-240. doi: 10.1177/1049731518798698

  • Seabrook, R.C., McMahon, S., Duquaine, B.C., Johnson, L., & DeSilva, A. (2018). Sexual Assault Victimization and Perceptions of University Climate Among Bisexual Women. Journal of Bisexuality, 18(4), pp. 425-445. doi: 10.1080/15299716.2018.1485070

  • Johnson, L., Sapiro, B., Buttner, C., & Postmus, J.L. (2018). Ambiguous Agency as a Diagnostic of Power: Efforts of Child Welfare Providers to Promote Responsible Agency Among Youth Involved in Sex Trades. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 27(6), pp. 577-597. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2018.1468375