Kathryn G. Low

Professor of Psychology



Pettengill Hall, Room 370



Dr. Graff Low is currently on leave and is not teaching.  Her current projects include institutional research and ongoing work on women’s health and sexuality.

Summary of Interests

  • Women’s health
  • Sexual health, including sexual function and sexually transmitted infections
  • College student health and mental health
  • Cardiovascular disease, including psychological risk factors and metabolic syndrome
  • Public Health and health disparities
  • Psychoneuroimmunology


  • B.A., Bowdoin College (1978)
  • Ed.M., Harvard University (1981)
  • Ph.D., Stanford University (1991)

Courses Taught

  • FYS 305 Corporal Culture: Body and Health in America
  • Psychology 235 Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology 261 Research Methods
  • Psychology 322 Child Psychopathology
  • Psychology 333 Topics in Advanced Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology 303 Health Psychology
  • Psychology/Gender and Sexuality Studies 343 Women, Culture and Health
  • Psychology 211 Personality
  • S30 Contemporary Psychotherapies
  • S15 Health, Culture and Community

Selected Publications

Bakow, B. & Low, K. (2018). A South African experience:  Cultural determinants of Ukuthwasa.  Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 49, 436-452.

Budwig, N. & Low, K.G. (2018).  Institutional readiness for signature work.  Peer Review, 20, 20-23.

Coville, A., Miklowitz, D.J., Taylor, D.T., & Low, K.G. (2008).  Correlates of high expressed emotion attitudes among parents of bipolar adolescents.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64,438-449.

Cremers, G. & Low, K.  (2014). Attitudes toward placentophagy:  A brief report. Health Care for Women International, 35, 113-119.

Doherty, K. A., & Low, K.G. (2009).  The effects of a web-based intervention on college students’ knowledge of HPV and attitudes toward vaccination.  International Journal of Sexual Health, 20, 223-232.

Greene, M. & Low, K.G. (2014).  Public integrity, private hypocrisy and the moral licensing effect.  Social Behavior and Personality:  An International Journal, 42, 391-401.

Low, K.G. (2011).  Flourishing, substance use, and engagement in students entering college:  A preliminary study.  Journal of American College Health, 59, 555-562

Low, K.G., Charanasomboon, S., Lesser, J., Reinhalter, K., Martin, R., Jones, H., Winzelberg, A., Abascal, L., & Taylor, C.B.. (2006).  Effectiveness of a computer-based eating disorders prevention program at long term follow up.  Eating Disorders:  The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 14, 17-30.

Low, K.G. & Gendaszek, A. (2002).  Stimulant abuse in college undergraduates.  Psychology, Health and Medicine, 7, 283-287.

Low, K.G., Giasson, H., Connors, S., Weiss, R. & Freeman, D. (2012).  Testing the effectiveness of motivational interviewing as a weight reduction strategy for obese cardiac patients:  A pilot study.  International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, DOI:  10.1007/s1259-011-9219-0.

Low, K.G., Kelen, S.A., Kopko, K., McClellan, F., & Bata, M. (2018).  Assessing signature work.  Peer Review, 20, 24-28

Low, K.G., Massa, L., & Lehman, D. (2005).  Insulin pump use in young adolescents with type 1 diabetes:  A descriptive study.  Pediatric Diabetes, 6, 22-31.

Robbins, N., Low, K.G., & Query, A. (2016).  A qualitative exploration of the “Coming Out’ process for asexual individuals.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45:751-760.

Rosania, A., Low, K.G., Rosania, D. & McCormick, C. (2009).  Stress, depression, cortisol and periodontal disease.  Journal of Periodontology, 80, 260-266.

Weiss, H. & Low (2017).  Dissociation and attention in relation to sleep and mood.  Psychology of Consciousness:  Theory, Research and Practice, 4, 381-395.