Maria Graf

Assistant Professor, International Studies Coordinator
College of Nursing


  • - PhD Nursing, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2022
  • - MSN Nursing Educator, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 2015
  • - BS Nursing, Universidad San Luis Gonzaga de Ica-Peru, 1996



  • - Registered Nurse Licensure, State of Wisconsin, 2012-current
  • - Basic Life Support (BLS), 2012-current
  • - Advanced Transcultural Nurse, 2015-current



  • - Med-Surg
  • - ICU
  • - Nurse Educator
  • - Global Health



  • - Anderson, A. A., Dressel, A. E., Dear, E., Krueger, E., Graf, M.D.C., Pittman, B., Schmitt, M., Kako, P. M., Ochoa-Nordstrum, B., & Mkandawire, Valhmu, L. Substance Misuse Themes among Women Living in Transitional Housing: Effects on Children, Intimate Partner Relationships, and Social Relationships. Journal of Addictions Nursing (Accepted for publication)
  • - Deal, E., Hawkins, M., Graf, M.D. C., Dressel, A., Ruiz, A., Pittman, B., Lopez, A., Schmitt, M., Krueger, E., Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., & Kako, P. (2022). Centering our voices: experiences of violence among homeless African American women. Violence against Women.
  • - Graf, M. D. C., Dressel, A. E., Schmitt, M., Deal, E., Pittman, B., & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2022).  “I was broken in so many different ways:” The Intersection of Complex Factors Impacting African American Women’s Mental Health and Wellbeing. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 31(1), 167-178.
  • - Graf, M. D. C., Ruiz, A. M., Luebke, J., Olukotun, O., Kendrick, A., Warczak, L., Lopez, A. A., Snethen, J., Silvestre, E. & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2022).  Application of Postcolonial Feminist Theory, Chicana Feminist Thought and Black Feminist Thought in Analyzing the Mental Health Needs of Latina Migrant Farmworkers: A Shared Legacy. Advances in Nursing Science, 45(1), 38-52. 
  • - Krueger, E., Deal, E., Lopez, A. A., Dressel, A. E., Graf, M., Pittman, B., Schmitt, M., Hawkins, M., Kako, P. M., Mkandawire-Vahlmu, L. (2022). Successful substance use disorder recovery in transitional housing: Perspectives from African American women Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 30(5), 714-724. doi:10.1037/pha0000527
  • - Schmitt, M., Dressel, A. E., Graf, M. D. C., Pittman, B., Deal, E., Krueger, E., Anderson, A. A., Kako, P. M., & Mkandawire, Valhmu, L. (2022). Adverse Childhood Experiences among Previously Homeless African American Women. Public Health Nursing, 39(2), 446-455.
  • - Weitzel, J., Luebke, J., Wesp, L., Graf, M., Ruiz, A., Dressel, A. & Mkandawire-Valhmu, L. (2020). The role of nurses as accomplices against racism and discrimination: An analysis of key resistance movements of our time. Advances in Nursing Science, 43(2), 102-113



  • - A Qualitative Analysis of Latina Migrant Farmworkers’ Perception of Mental Health: Voices from the Upper Midwest (Podium Presentation)- Transcultural Nursing Society (November 2022)
  • - “Soy una luchona” Take Back the Night - Fox Valley Take Back the Night (October 2022)
  • - The impact of mental health on Latinos Health - UW Oshkosh (October 2022)
  • - The analysis of the new gender roles of Latinas within their family and community - UW Oshkosh (March 2022)
  • - CETL Teaching and Learning Symposium - UW Milwaukee (January 2022)
  • - Best Practice US Latino Series Programming - UW Oshkosh (September 2021)
  • - Latinos' Health: The impact of COVID-19 on Latinos' mental health - UW Oshkosh Hispanic Heritage Month (September 2021)
  • - Covid 19 and the Latinx Community - UW Oshkosh Student Organization of Latinos (March 2021)
  • - Virtual Scholarship Day - UW Oshkosh Student Organization of Latinos (January 2021)
  • - How Covid-19 Has Impacted Latinos - UW Oshkosh Hispanic Heritage Month (October 2020)
  • - Latino Men Supporting Latina Women Panel (Moderator) - UW Oshkosh Hispanic Heritage Month (October 2020)
  • - The role of the Latino nurse in America’s healthcare - UW Oshkosh First annual Latinx/Hispanic Scholar Day (February 2019)


Award(s) and Honor(s)

  • - University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Dean Scholarship $16,000. 2017



  • - Community Health Improvement Project (CHIp). $ 5000. 2016-2017
  • - Aurora - Better Together Fund. $ 75000. 2016-2017