Maria Vukovich

Maria Vukovich

Associate Research Professor

  • Faculty

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: Global Mental Health and Trauma with Dr. Gwen Mitchell. I am currently developing a global MHPSS network for service, consultation, 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 disaster, trauma, conflict, violence, extremism, and migration.

Professional Biography

Maria Vukovich has over 15 years of experience leading projects and conducting applied research and evaluation of humanitarian and direct service programs with populations affected by human rights abuses, terror, war, violence, and migration. Her work has included randomized control trials, cross-cultural measurement studies, population-based surveys, and community-participatory engaged mixed methods projects 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 sponsored by the U.S. State Dept, U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, ORR, CDC, NIH, USAID, UNHCR, UNOCT, and WHO. Her research has been published in Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Areas of Armed Conflict, Journal of International Migration, Health and Social Care, 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