Shonda Craft


Assistant Professor

Family Social Science

Room 299H McNH
1985 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

Tel: 612-626-4354

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Areas of Interest

Sexuality and Public Health (HIV; sexual identity, womens health)
Intimate Partner Violence
Couple and Family Therapy
Cultural Identity

Recent News

Craft presents at HIV/AIDS Awareness Gala

Craft discusses forgiveness in videos by Forgiveness 360 Project

Craft's advice for those struggling with SAD

Craft talks about MN well-being ranking with Fox9 News

Craft featured in Huffington Post


Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Ohio State University
M.S., Family Science, Ohio State University
B.S., Psychology, Ohio State University

Honors & Awards

2007 President's Award, Ohio Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Teaching & Learning

FSoS 5032: Family Systems Theories and Interventions

FSoS 8033: Problems in Families

Research & Discovery

My research interests are focused on the cultural context of the etiology and maintenance of physical, emotional, and mental health conditions within family systems. My research goal is to design, implement, and disseminate culturally informed, multisystemic prevention and intervention models that develop and promote wellness in the following areas:

  • Infectious and chronic illness - particularly focused on HIV and STI
  • Sexual health - sexual authenticity (congruence among identity, attraction, orientation, behaviors, and exploration/fantasies); sexual victimization; early initiation of sexual activity among adolescents
  • Women's health - pregnancy decisions; postpartum depression; intimate partner violence
  • Nutrition and weight management - sedentary behaviors and disordered eating


  1. Doherty, W. J., & Craft, S. M. (in press). Single mothers raising children with male positive attitudes. Family Process.

  2. Serovich, J. M., Grafsky, E. L., & Craft, S. M. (in press). Does family matter to HIV-positive men who have sex with men? Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

  3. Serovich, J. M., Craft, S. M., McDowell, T. L., Grafsky, E., & Andrist, D. (2009). Methods of promoting safer sex behaviors utilized by men who have sex with men with male casual sexual partners. AIDS Education & Prevention, 21(1), 1-13.

  4. Craft, S. M., & Serovich, J. M. (2008). Sexual need fulfillment in the relationships of straight and bisexual men with HIV. AIDS Education & Prevention, 20(3), 239-248.

  5. Craft, S. M., Serovich, J. M., McKenry, P. C., & Lim, J. (2008). Stress, attachment and partner violence in same-sex relationships. Journal of GLBT Family Studies.

  6. Serovich, J. M., Craft, S. M., Toviessi, P., Gangamma, R., & McDowell, T. (2008). A systematic review of the research base on sexual reorientation therapies. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34(2), 227-238.

  7. Craft, S. M., & Serovich, J. M. (2007). The impact of mental health, sexual desire, and sexual importance on the sexual behavior of women with HIV. AIDS Education and Prevention.

  8. Craft, S. M., Delaney, R. O., & Bautista, D. T., & Serovich, J. M. (2007). Pregnancy decisions for women with HIV. AIDS and Behavior.

  9. Serovich, J. M., Craft, S. M., & Yoon, H. J. (in press). Women’s HIV disclosure to immediate family. AIDS Patient Care and STDs.

  10. Craft, S. M., & Serovich, J. M. (2005). Family-of-Origin Factors and Partner Violence in the Intimate Relationships of Gay Men Who Are HIV Positive. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 20, 777-791.

  11. Craft, S. M., Smith, S. A., Serovich, J. M., & Bautista, D. T. (2005). Need fulfillment in the sexual relationships of HIV-infected men who have sex with men. AIDS Education and Prevention, 17(3), 217-226.

  12. Serovich, J. M., & Craft, S. M. (2005). HIV/AIDS. In R. H. Coombs (Ed.), Family Therapy Review: Preparing for comprehensive and licensing examinations, Chapter 23, pp. 509-530. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.