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.

LB Klein’s (they/them or she/her) is an assistant professor in the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work and a core faculty member of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative at UW-Madison. Dr. Klein leads the Gender, LGBTQ+, Interpersonal Trauma, and Translational Equity Research or GLITTER Lab. Their research focuses on gender-based violence (GBV; e.g., sexual assault/harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking, and anti-queer/trans harassment) prevention, survivor advocacy, and LGBTIQ+ health.  

In one line of research, they are developing, adapting, and testing LGBTIQ+-affirming and -centered 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 build more trauma-informed and survivor-centered post-assault health and mental health services for minoritized survivors, including LGBTIQ+, Black, Indigenous, and disabled survivors as well as survivors living in poverty. In a third line of research, she is seeking to understand and improve institutional GBV prevention and survivor advocacy practices. 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, translational research, practice-informed research, and building more accessible and inclusive campus environments. They teach Interpersonal Violence, GLBT Individuals and Social Welfare, and Advanced Macro Practice. Dr. Klein has worked in various capacities (e.g., survivor advocate, prevention educator, program director, evaluator, trainer, researcher, consultant) to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence for nearly two decades.