Elizabeth P Cramer                          
Professor
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work
PO BOX 842027
1000 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, VA 23284-2027

(Work) 804-828-9029
(Fax) 804-828-0716
Email Address: ecramer@vcu.edu



Research/Scholarship Areas 

Domestic Violence; Abuse of Persons with Disabilities; Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Issues; Group Methods in Social Work Practice

Teaching Areas 

Social Work and Social Justice; Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups I and II; Lesbian and Bisexual Women; Social Work and Oppressed Groups; Social Work Education and Teaching.

Current and Recent Research, Training, and Advocacy Projects 

I-CAN! Accessibility Project (PI). Grant funded by the Department of Criminal Justice Services, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Victim Fund (funded since 2007 in two year cycles).  The primary purpose of this project is to make legal protections more accessible for abused persons with disabilities and to train disability service professionals to assist individuals with disabilities who are being abused. 

Leadership for Empowerment and Abuse Prevention (LEAP) (co-PI). Grant funded by the Virginia Board for Persons with Disabilities, October, 2013 - September, 2015.  The primary purpose of this project is to make provide education about abuse to persons with developmental and other disabilities.

Food Landscapes: A nutrition and arts-focused service-learning project for youth at the Neighborhood Resource Center (co-PI). Grant funded by the VCU Community Engagement Division, July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014. Food Landscapes is a multi-faceted program designed to engage youth in learning about cooking, art, food justice, and their role in their community through workshops, participatory videography, and working with others.

Faculty Learning Community on Addressing Issues of Diversity and Oppression in the Classroom (co-facilitator).  Academic year 2009 - 2010.  This was a joint FLC with Norfolk State University.

Network VA: Building LGBTQ Coalitions for Change on Campus (co-founder).  Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Initiative funded grant project.  Virginia consortium of colleges and universities and the AAUP.  Held a successful statewide conference in 2007 and a workshop on LGBTQ curricular issues in 2009 during the Generation Equality conference.

Current Community and Professional Service

Chesterfield County Domestic Violence Task Force Board Member.  DELTA committee (primary prevention).

Virginia Standards for Batterers' Intervention Programs, Advisory Group Member.

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, VAdata Advisory Committee Member.

Neighborhood Resource Center Volunteer.

Publications 

Books

Cramer, E.P. (Ed.) (2003). Addressing homophobia and heterosexism on college campuses. New York: Haworth Press. (Also published as Journal of Lesbian Studies, volume 6, number 3.)

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Choi, Y.J., & Cramer, E.P. (in press). An exploratory study of female Korean American church leaders and their views on domestic violence. Family Violence & Ethnic Populations.

Cramer, E.P., Brady, S.R., & McLeod, D.A. (2013). Building capacity to address the abuse of persons with disabilities. Journal of Community Practice, 21(1-2), 124-144.

Cramer, E.P., Ford, C.H., & Arroyo, A. (2012). An account of an inter-institutional faculty learning community on addressing issues of diversity and oppression in the classroom.  Learning Communities Journal, 4, 5-35.

Cramer, E.P., & Brady, S.R. (2013).  Competing values in serving older and vulnerable adults: Adult Protective Services, mandated reporting, and domestic violence programs.  Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 25(5), 453-468.

Cramer, E.P., Ryosho, N., & Nguyen, P. V. (2012).  Using experiential exercises to teach about diversity, oppression, and social justice.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 32(1), 1-13.

McAllister, C.A., Harold, R.D., Ahmedani, B.K., & Cramer, E.P. (2009).  Targeted mentoring: Evaluation of a program.  Journal of Social Work Education, 45(1), 89-104.

Cramer, E.P, & Plummer, S. (2009).  People of color with disabilities and the criminal justice system: Intersectionality as a framework for analyzing intimate partner violence in social, historical, and political contexts.  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 18(2), 162-181.

Matthews, J., & Cramer, E.P. (2008).  Using technology to enhance qualitative research with hidden populations.  The Qualitative Report, 13(2), 301-315.

Cramer, E.P., & Clark, P. (2006).  The cut out domestic violence program in Virginia.  Family Violence and Sexual Assault Bulletin, 22(3/4), 5-12.

Matthews, J. D., & Cramer, E. P.  (2006).  Envisaging the adoption process to strengthen gay and lesbian-headed families: Recommendations for adoption professionals.  Child Welfare, 85(2), 317-340.

Matthews, J. D. & Cramer, E. P.  (2005).  Parallel process issues for lesbian and gay adoptive parents and their adopted children.  Journal of Family Social Work, 9(3), 35-56.

Cramer, E.P. (2004). Unintended consequences of constructing criminal justice as a dominant paradigm in understanding and intervening in intimate partner violence.  Women's Studies Quarterly, 32(3/4), 164-180.

Cramer, E.P., Gilson, S.F., & DePoy, E. (2003). Women with disabilities and experiences of abuse. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 7(3/4), 183-199.

Hash, K., & Cramer, E.P. (2003). Research on midlife and older gay men and lesbians: A retrospect.  Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 15(1/2), 47-63.

Gilson, S.F., Cramer, E.P, & DePoy, E. (2001). Redefining abuse of women with disabilities: A paradox of limitation and expansion. AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, 16(2), 220-235.

Gilson, S.F., DePoy, E., & Cramer, E.P. (2001). Linking the assessment of self reported functional capacity with abuse experiences of women with disabilities. Violence Against Women, 7(4), 418-431.

Gross, M., Cramer, E.P., Forte, J., Gordon, J., Kunkel, T., & Moriarty, L. (2000). The impact of sentencing options on recidivism among domestic violence offenders: A case study. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 24(2), 301-312.

Cramer, E.P. (1999). Variables that predict verdicts in domestic violence cases. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 14(11), 1137-1150.

Cramer, E.P. (1999). Hate crime laws and sexual orientation. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 26(3), 5-24.

Black, B., Oles, T.P., Cramer, E.P., & Bennett, C.K. (1999). Attitudes and behaviors of social work students toward lesbian and gay male clients: Can panel presentations make a difference? Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 9(4), 47-68.

Oles, T.P., Black, B.M., & Cramer, E.P. (1999). From attitude change to effective practice with gay male and lesbian clients: Exploring the relationship. Journal of Social Work Education, 35(1), 87-100.

Cramer, E.P., & Gilson, S.F. (1999). Queers and crips: Parallel identity development processes for persons with nonvisible disabilities and lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons. Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity, 4(1), 23-37.

Cramer, E.P. (1997). Effects of an educational unit about lesbian identity development and disclosure in a social work methods course. Journal of Social Work Education, 33(3), 461-472.

Cramer, E. P., & Eldridge, T. (1997). Les Ms.: Creating an education and support group for lesbians. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 7(1), 49 - 72.

Cramer, E.P., Oles, T. P., & Black, B. M. (1997). Reducing social work students' homophobia: An evaluation of teaching strategies. Arete, 21(2), 36-49.

Sohng, S., Porterfield, S., Langston, S., Kehle, L., Cramer, E., Chang, V.N., Bryson, B.J., & Bricker-Jenkins, M. (1996). Femschool: A work in progress. AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, 11(1), 111-123.

Cramer, E. P. (1995). Feminist pedagogy and teaching social work practice with groups: A case study. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 11(1/2), 193-215.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

Cramer, E.P. (2012).  Talking the talk and walking the walk with the sexuality and gender identity group.  In L. Grobman & J. Clements (Eds.).  Riding the mutual aid bus and other adventures in group work: A days in the lives of social workers collection (pp. 129-135).  Harrisburg, PA: White Hat Communications.

Cramer, E.P. (2006).  The day we shared our coming out stories.  In L. Messinger & D. Morrow (Eds.).  Sexual orientation and gender expression: A casebook (pp. 75-79).  New York: Columbia University Press.

Cramer, E.P., Gilson, S.F., & DePoy, E. (2003). Women with disabilities and experiences of abuse. In N. Smyth (Ed.).  Women and girls in the social environment: Behavioral perspectives (pp. 183-199).  Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.

Hash, K., & Cramer, E.P. (2003). Research on midlife and older gay men and lesbians: A retrospect.  In W. Meezan & J.I. Martin (Eds.).  Research methods with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender populations (pp. 47-63).  New York: Haworth Press.

Cramer, E.P. (2003). Making connections: Parallel process in lesbian and bisexual women’s recovery from addiction and healing from homophobia. In J. S. Whitman & C.J. Boyd (Eds.). The therapist’s notebook for lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients: Homework, handouts, and activities for use in psychotherapy (pp. 256-261). Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press Clinical Practice Press.

Cramer, E. P. (1997). Strategies for reducing social work students' homophobia. In J. T. Sears & W.L. Williams (Eds.). Overcoming heterosexism and homophobia: Strategies that work (pp. 287-298). New York: Columbia University Press. 

Peer Reviewed Publications (Other)

Cramer, E.P., Gilson, S.F., & DePoy, E. (2004). Impact of domestic violence on women with disabilities.  In F.S. Danis & L.L. Lockhart (Eds.).  Breaking the silence of social work education: Domestic violence modules for foundation courses (pp. 109-112).  Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.

Cramer, E.P. (2000). Lesbian and bisexual women. In C.J. Smith, J. Gabriel, B. Lott, and M. Hirano (Eds.). Teaching racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity in social work: A collection of model course outlines. Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.

Invited Book Chapters

Cramer, E, & Hutchison, E.  (2012). Small groups and families. In E. Hutchison (Ed.), Essentials of human behavior: Integrating person, environment, and the life course (pp. 327-372). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Cramer, E.P., & Plummer, S. (2010).  Social work practice with abused persons with disabilities.  In Lockhart, L., & Danis, F. (Eds.).  Domestic violence: Intersectionality and culturally competent practice (pp. 128-154).  New York: Columbia University Press.

Cramer, E. P.  (2009).  Considerations in choosing an LGBTTQ-focused scholarship agenda in social work.  In W. Meezan & J. I. Martin (Eds.).  Handbook of research methods with GLBT populations (pp. 402-412).  New York: Routledge.

Cramer, E. P. (2008). Small groups. In E. Hutchison (Ed.). Dimensions of human behavior. Person and environment (3rd ed.) (pp. 375-405).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

DePoy, E., Gilson, S.F., & Cramer, E.P. (2003). Understanding the experiences of and advocating for the service and resource needs of abused, disabled women. In A. Hans & A. Patri (Eds.). Women, disability and identity (pp. 177-187). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Cramer, E. P. (2003). Small groups. In E. Hutchison (Ed.). Dimensions of human behavior. Person and environment (2nd ed.) (pp. 437-470). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Cramer, E. P. (1999). Small groups. In E. Hutchison (Ed.). Dimensions of human behavior. Person and environment (pp. 379-406). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Cramer, E.P. (1997). Learning from Les Ms. In L.D. Brimner (Ed.). Letters to our children: Lesbian and gay adults speak to the new generation (pp. 108-113). New York: Franklin Watts. 

CD Roms

Gilson, S., DePoy, E., & Cramer, E. (2003).  Violence against women with disabilities.  Washington, DC: Office on Women's Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

Magazine Articles

Cramer, E.P., & Ford, C.H. (2011, September-October).  Gay rights on campus, circa, 2011.  Academe.  Available at: http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/2011/SO/Feat/cram.htm

Web-based Publications

Matthews, J.D., & Cramer, E.P. (2006).  Using the Internet to reach hidden populations.  Available at: http://www.4researchers.org/articles/298.  A technical assistance project from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Community and University Publications

Robinson, J., Cramer, E.P., Dellinger-Wray, M., & Varky, S. (2013).  Understanding Family Abuse Protective Orders in Richmond, Virginia.  English, Spanish, Braille and large print versions.  Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and Partnership for People with Disabilities.

Brady, S. R., Cramer, E., Dellinger-Wray, M., & Johnston, S. (2009).  Resources for Independent Living staff training curriculum: Risk assessment and safety planning.  Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and Partnership for People with Disabilities, YWCA of Richmond, and Resources for Independent Living.

Brady, S. R., Cramer, E., Dellinger-Wray, M., & Johnston, S. (2009).  Resources for Independent Living staff training curriculum: Risk assessment and safety planning suggestions for facilitators.  Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and Partnership for People with Disabilities, YWCA of Richmond, and Resources for Independent Living.

Johnston, S., Carrow, R., Cramer, E., Dellinger-Wray, M., & Guardino, M. (2009).  Resources for Independent Living staff training curriculum: Sexual violence intervention.  Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and Partnership for People with Disabilities, YWCA of Richmond, and Resources for Independent Living.

Johnston, S., Cramer, E.P., Dellinger-Wray, M., Haw, E., Lee, N.L., McCollum, H.R., & Mercer, K.  (2008).  Resources for Independent Living staff training curriculum: Domestic violence and legal protections.  Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and Partnership for People with Disabilities, Supreme Court of Virginia, Office of the Executive Secretary, and YWCA of Richmond.

Dellinger-Wray, M., Cramer, E.P., Johnston, S., Mercer, K., & Vandergrift, K.F. (2008).  Understanding Family Abuse Protective Orders in Richmond, Virginia.  English, Spanish, and Braille versions.  Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and Partnership for People with Disabilities.

Cramer, E.P., Gilson, S.F., & DePoy, E. (March, 2000). Abused women with disabilities study. Executive Summary.

Cramer, E. P. (1995, December). Counseling lesbian and gay male clients. Perspectives on Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity, Virginia Commonwealth University, pp. 10 - 12.

Cramer, E. (1994). Re-professionalizing public child welfare: The collaborative systems-changing MSW project in South Carolina. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, Center for Child and Family Studies.

Cramer, L. (1993). Women on AFDC. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Voice, Summer issue, 11-12.

Cramer, L. (1990). Recommendations for working with Jewish battered women. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Voice, Fall issue, 4-5.

Research Reports

Cramer, E.P., McLeod, D.A., & Jones, R. (2012). Focus Group with Peer Mentors for the Relate Program. January 31, 2012. Matoaca High School.

Cramer, E.P., McLeod, D.A., & Jones, R. (2012). Focus Group with Peer Mentors for the Relate Program. March 20, 2012. James River High School.

Cramer, E.P., & Brady, S.R. (2010, June 24).  Faculty Learning Community comparison of pre/post assessments and participatory outcomes.  Richmond, VA: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.

Cramer, E.P. (2005, May).  Focus group for the RELATE Project.  A report for the Chesterfield County Domestic Violence Task Force and Chesterfield Mental Health, Prevention services.

Cramer, E. P., & Clark, P. G. (2004, June).  Evaluation of the Cut Out Domestic Violence Program in Virginia.  A report for the Attorney General's Office, Commonwealth of Virginia.

Gross, M., Cramer, E., Forte, J., Gordon, J.A., Kunkel, T., & Moriarty, L.J. (2001). What is the best way to reduce domestic violence? Impact of sentencing options on recidivism among domestic violence offenders: A case study. Criminal Justice Reports, 2(3), 40-41.

Gross, M., Cramer, E., Forte, J., Gordon, J.A., Kunkel, T., & Moriarty, L.J. (2000). Court sentencing options and recidivism among domestic violence offenders. Domestic Violence Report, 5(4), 49 - 50, 60 – 62.

Cramer, E.P., and Forte, J. (1998). Factors influencing case outcomes in domestic violence trials. Domestic Violence Report, 3(6), 81+.

Chesterfield County Domestic Violence Task Force (1996, September). Data Collection and Monitoring Committee Report.

Sarri, R., duRivage, V., & Cramer, L. (1984). The status of women in Michigan: A statistical portrait. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, School of Social Work.

Conference Proceedings and Discussion Papers

DePoy, E., Gilson, S.F., & Cramer, E.P. (2001, July). Abuse and disability: The intersection of limitation and vulnerability. Conference abstract. 7th International Family Violence Research Conference. Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Gross, M., Cramer, L, Forte, J., Gordon, J., Kunkel, T., & Moriarty, L. (1999, September). The impact of sentencing options on recidivism among domestic violence offenders. Conference abstract. Southern Criminal Justice Association. Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Cramer, E.P., & Forte, J. (1998, July). Factors influencing case outcomes in domestic violence trials. Discussion Paper. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Conference. Denver, CO.

Cramer, E.P., & Beverly, W. (1998, January). The defining function of social work: A multi-method, emergent study of social work practitioners and students. Research for Social Work Practice Conference. Miami, Florida.

Book Reviews

Cramer, E.P. (2001, Fall). Book Review of Lesbians and Gays & the Empowerment Perspective. The Lesbian Review of Books, 8(1), 8-9.

Cramer, E.P. (2001). Book Review of Neither Separate Nor Equal: Women, Race, and Class in the South. AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, 16(1), 110-111.

Cramer, E.P. (2000). Book Review of Social Work with Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals: A Strengths Perspective. The Lesbian Review of Books, 6(3), 9.

Cramer, E.P. (1999). Book Review of Confronting Sexism and Violence Against Women: A Challenge for Social Work. AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, 14(2), 246-248.

Cramer, E.P. (1999). Book Review of Foundations of Social Work Practice with Lesbians and Gay Persons. The Lesbian Review of Books, 5(2), 9-10.

 

Reviewer Activities
     

Reviewer, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 2011 – present.

Editorial board member, Journal of Lesbian Studies, September, 2002 - 2005.

Grant Panel Reviewer.  Promising practices for serving crime victims with disabilities.  U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.  SafePlace, Austin, TX.  January, 2003.

Grant Panel Reviewer, U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, 2002 Education and Technical Assistance Grants to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities, Washington, DC.

Peer reviewer for Journal of Social Work Education’s Special Section on Domestic Violence.  June, 2002.

Peer reviewer for Integrating Domestic Violence Content in the Social Work Curriculum.  Council on Social Work Education Publications and Media Commission. June, 2002.

Peer reviewer for the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, 2000, 2003.

Peer reviewer for the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior, 2000.

Reviewer of prospecti and book chapters for various book publishers including Allyn and Bacon, Longman Publishing, McGraw Hill, NASW Press, Taylor and Francis, and Worth Publishers.


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