Julie Anne Laser-Maira
addictions and substance use, children and youth, clinical social work, families and family systems, international social work/global practice, Latinx populations, mental and behavioral health, school of social work, trauma, veterans and the military
Associate Professor Julie Anne Laser-Maira's research focus is on resiliency, particularly the relevance of specific ecological and internal protective and risk factors by culture and gender. She has completed large studies of resilience in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Ghanian and Senegalese youth, as well as homeless American youth. She is currently researching human trafficking in Latin America and in the US. Additionally, she researches the efficacy of experiential therapy in hopes of increasing its stature as a main stream clinical intervention.
Laser-Maira has over 30 years of clinical social work experience, with over half of those years employed as a school social worker in both urban and rural school districts. She is particularly interested in school social work education and has created the School Social Work Certificate.
Her clinical expertise is in experiential therapy, working with military families, PTSD and trauma focused therapy, parenting issues, child and adolescent healthy development, couples therapy, adolescent substance abuse, working with human trafficking victims, well-being throughout the life cycle, play therapy and art therapy.
Laser-Maira continues to maintain a small private practice of children, youth, families, couples and clinical supervision. She has worked as a clinician in Mexico, Peru, Italy and Bolivia.
- MSW, University of Michigan
- PhD, Family and Child Ecology (Developmental Psychology, Michigan State University)