Erika Grafsky 2020-06-18T03:42:22+00:00

Erika Grafsky

Associate Professor

Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.S., University of Kentucky
B.S., The Ohio State University

  • Faculty Affiliate, Virginia Tech Women and Gender Studies Program
  • Member, National Council on Family Relations
  • Pre-Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor Candidate, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Email:  erikagrafsky@vt.edu
Phone:  540-231-6782
Office:  840 University City Blvd, Suite 1
Blacksburg, VA 24060

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About Erika:

The goal of my research is to improve the psychosocial health of sexual and gender minority individuals and their families.  I use qualitative and mixed-methods analytic strategies to understand the processes through which individuals and their families experience non-heterosexual sexualities and diverse gender identities, with a focus on sexual orientation disclosure decision making and well-being.  I engage traditional and critical theories to emphasize relational processes informed by human development and embedded within larger contexts.  My clinical scholarship centers on LGBTQ+ affirmative family therapy practices.  I encourage supervisees to develop confidence in their therapeutic approach, transfer their conceptualization into their treatment planning and clinical practice and to utilize processes occurring in the therapy room to effect change.  I regularly teach Traditional MFT Theories, Qualitative Methods, and Practicum Supervision at the graduate level.

Selected Publications:

Grafsky, E. L. (2018). Deciding to come out to family: Towards a model of sexual orientation disclosure decisions. Family Process, 57(3), 783-799. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12313

Grafsky, E. L., & Gary, E. A. (2018). What LGBT youth want in a program to assist with disclosing to their family. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 30(2), 172-191. https://doi.org/10.1080/10538720.2018.1444526

Grafsky, E. L., Hickey, K. A., Nguyen, H., & Wall, J. (2018). Youth disclosure of sexual orientation to siblings and extended family. Family Relations, 67(1), 147-160. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12299

Lavender-Stott, E. S., Grafsky, E. L., Nguyen, H. N., Haugen, E., & Steelman, S. M. (2018). Challenges and strategies of sexual minority research in Southwest Virginia. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(6), 691-704. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2017.1364104

Nguyen, H. N., Grafsky, E. L., & Lambert-Shute, J. (2018). The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer international students: A systematic review. Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress, 1(1)80-94. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1193211

Nguyen, H. N., Grafsky, E. L., & Piercy, F. P. (2016). MFT program policies on referral of LGBTQ clients. Contemporary Family Therapy, 38(3), 307-317. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10591-016-9389-3

Grafsky, E. L. (2014). Becoming the parent of a GLB son or daughter. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 10(1-2), 36-57. https://doi.org/10.1080/1550428X.2014.857240