LB Klein

Credentials: PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MPA, University of Colorado Denver; MSW, Washington University in St. Louis; BA Washington University in St. Louis

Position title: Assistant Professor


315 Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work

Curriculum Vitae
LB Klein in hallway wearing blue jacket over black top.

–Dr. Klein WILL be considering doctoral student applications for Fall 2025

LB Klein (they/them or she/her) is an intervention researcher and prevention scientist whose research focuses on interpersonal violence (e.g., sexual assault/harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking, and anti-queer/trans harassment) prevention and LGBTIQ+ well-being. Dr. Klein leads the Gender, LGBTQ+, Interpersonal Trauma, and Translational Equity Research or GLITTER Lab.

In one line of research, they are developing, adapting, and testing LGBTIQ+-affirming and -centered sexual and intimate partner violence prevention programming for college and university students. Through their second line of research as a part of a transdisciplinary UW-Madison team, Dr. Klein is working to reduce barriers and enhance facilitators for minoritized survivors to receive trauma- and violence-informed and survivor-centered post-assault services. In a third line of research, she partners with Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association to understand and improve interpersonal violence prevention and survivor advocacy practices on college and university campuses. You can read Dr. Klein’s publications on Google Scholar.

Dr. Klein uses mixed methods, community-centered, and intersectional approaches and is committed to trauma-informed and anti-oppressive pedagogy, disability and racial justice, translational research, and practice-informed research. They teach Interpersonal Violence, Social Work Practice with LGBTQIA2S+ Individuals and Communities, and Advanced Macro Practice. She is also a core faculty member of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative at UW-Madison as well as a faculty affiliate in LGBTQ+ Studies and of the Institute for Diversity Science. Dr. Klein also serves as faculty co-advisor of the SRSSW’s LGBTIQ+ student organization.

Dr. Klein serves on the executive board of the Caucus of Social Work Students and Faculty (Q Caucus) and as co-chair of the Society for Social Work and Research’s Gender-Based Violence Caucus. They have worked in various capacities (e.g., survivor advocate, prevention educator, program director, evaluator, trainer, researcher, consultant) to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence and promote LGBTIQ+ well-being for nearly two decades.