Erika Grafsky

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Erika Grafsky, an assistant professor of human development in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, for her research on the psychosocial health and well-being of sexual minority youth and their families.

Photo of Scholar of the Week Erika GrafskyGrafsky is a member of the marriage and family therapy department, where she focuses on LGBTQ studies and affirmative therapy practices, family relationships, and marriage and family therapy. Her current research plan includes a series of projects to collect pertinent data to inform the development of a web-based intervention to help young people make safe and successful sexual orientation disclosure decisions. 

She is a faculty affiliate of the Women and Gender Studies program and the Health Sciences, Translational Biology, Medicine and Health program at Virginia Tech, and a member of the National Council on Family Relations.

In 2016 she received the “Favorite Faculty Member” award from Virginia Tech’s Office of Housing and Residential Life.

Grafsky received her B.S. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and her master’s from the University of Kentucky.



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