Kathryn Graff Low

Professor, Associate Dean of Faculty

Low, Kathryn G.

Professor of Psychology


Psychology 207-786-6186Pettengill Hall, Room 370




Prof. Low is on leave for the 2018-19 academic year

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
  • Psychoneuroimmunology


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

Research Interests

Dr. Graff Low is currently an Associate Dean of the Faculty, and is not teaching.  Her current projects include a collaboration with the local medical residency on hospital-based research, a study exploring the use of smartphones for behavioral interventions, and ongoing work on women’s health and sexuality.

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

Child, M., Low, K.G., McCormick, C. & Cocciarella, A. (1996).  Personal advertisements of transsexuals, homosexuals and heterosexuals.  Sex Roles, 34,  447-455.

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. Graff (1996).  Psychosocial factors and nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.  Journal of Gender, Culture and Health, 1, 151-172.

Low, K. Graff (1999).  Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.  Women’s Health  Issues, Division 35 publication, Fall/Winter, American Psychological Association.

Low, K.G. (2003).  Gender, Work Stress and Health, (review), Sex Roles, 49, 553-554.

Low, K.G. (2010).  Flourishing and student engagement, BTTP Newsletter, AACU, May.

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., Brown, C., Hiltunen, G., Long, K., Reinhalter, K. & Jones, H. (2003).  Internalization of the thin ideal, weight and body image concerns.  Social Behavior and Personality:  an International Journal., 31, 81-90.

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., Casey, G., Megroz, A., McGuffie, K., & Briand, L. (2001).  Hostility, oral contraceptives, and cardiovascular reactivity in women.  Psychology and Health, 16, 675-687.

Low, K.G., Fleisher, C., Colman, R., Dionne, A., Legendre, S. (1998).  Psychosocial variables, age, and angiographically determined coronary artery disease in women.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 20, 221-226.

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

McGuffie, K. & Low, K.G. (1999).  Sequelae of depression in college undergraduates.  Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 13, 19-36.

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