Maria Vukovich

Maria Vukovich

Associate Research Professor & Co-Director, International Disaster Psychology Program

What I do

I am a research faculty member with a portfolio of projects focused on redress, rehabilitation and reintegration interventions for populations affected by human rights abuses, violence, and migration to strengthen safety and wellbeing. I also co-direct a graduate program in International Disaster Psychology: Trauma & Global Mental Health with Dr. Gwen Mitchell. I am currently developing a Global MHPSS Network for service, consultation, training, and research with 25+ sites across Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia in response to the needs of communities affected by adversity including conflict, disaster, human rights abuses, migration, and violence.

Professional Biography

Maria Vukovich, PhD, is an applied researcher and statistician with interests in human rights, global health, migration, intergenerational trauma, integrated care, and violence prevention. For over 15 years, Maria has led applied research and evaluation of humanitarian and direct service programs with populations affected by conflict, human rights abuses, and migration. Her research utilizes human-centered and participatory mixed method approaches and has included feasibility studies, randomized control trials, cross-cultural measurement studies, and large-scale population surveys with community-based organizations in global (East Africa, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, Southeast Asia) and U.S. settings (Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis-St Paul, Washington, DC). This work has been supported by the U.S. State Dept, U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, ORR, CDC, NIH, WHO, PAHO, IOM, USAID, UNHCR, and UNOCT. Her research has been published in Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Areas of Armed Conflict, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Health and Social Care in the Community, BMC Family Practice, BMC Psychiatry, Traumatology, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Torture Journal, Conflict and Health, and more.


  • BA, Psychology, Spanish, University of Virginia
  • MA, International Disaster Psychology: Trauma & Global Mental Health, University of Denver
  • Ph.D., Research Methods & Statistics, Human Rights & Global Health Concentrations, University of Denver