Awareness to Action: Book Club Edition

I hurried out the door on Wednesday to drive across town to a book club at the home of someone I’d never met to spend the evening with people I didn’t know. After a few mishaps (read: I forgot my own copy of the book and had to circle home), I found myself in someone’sContinue reading “Awareness to Action: Book Club Edition”

Launching A New Study of Self Harm and Pain after Interpersonal Trauma

by Adi Rosenthal, 5th Year Graduate Student, Child Clinical and DCN Programs Survivors of interpersonal trauma are two times more likely than people in the general population to intentionally injure themselves, sometimes referred to as self-harm.  The risk of self-harm goes up even higher if survivors meet criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Over theContinue reading “Launching A New Study of Self Harm and Pain after Interpersonal Trauma”

A New Alum + New Adventures

Congratulations to Dr. Naomi Wright, who graduated in August after completing her internship at Denver Health! As is TSS Group tradition, she made one more visit to our offices to add her handprint to the wall, representing the mark she has left on our team. Next up, Dr. Wright begins a postdoctoral fellowship at theContinue reading “A New Alum + New Adventures”

Hope and the Radical Acknowledgment of the World As It Is

I woke up on that last Friday of June with to-do lists and half-memorized remarks running through my head. I was facing down a morning packed with meetings ahead of attending the Rose Andom Center‘s Summer Connections Gala where I was to receive their Building Hope Award. I’d been working on my remarks all week.Continue reading “Hope and the Radical Acknowledgment of the World As It Is”

Taking Action with the TSS Group

We know more than ever about violence against women — and yet violence against women remains dreadfully common. A central theme of Every 90 Seconds — which launched this month — is how to transform that awareness to widespread, collaborative action. In the book, I argue that collaborative action will require recognizing that each ofContinue reading “Taking Action with the TSS Group”

At the Nexus of Intimate Partner Abuse, Asthma, and Brain Injury

by Anne DePrince and Eileen Wang Intimate partner violence (IPV) is associated with a host of health impacts — including worsened adult asthma outcomes among adult victims and their children. That’s what Dr. Eileen Wang from National Jewish Hospital documented in a recent review of some three dozen research studies on the topic. Looking closer,Continue reading “At the Nexus of Intimate Partner Abuse, Asthma, and Brain Injury”

Every 90 Seconds: A Book Launch and A Path Forward

Every 90 Seconds has (finally) arrived! The book’s launch this month is a culmination of a journey that has involved so many of you: The survivors who shared their stories and perspectives with the TSS Group. The victim service providers who work in our communities day in and day out. The colleagues who collaborated withContinue reading “Every 90 Seconds: A Book Launch and A Path Forward”

3 Ways to Respond to a Sexual Assault Disclosure

Sexual assault is dreadfully common – so common that many of us are likely to hear disclosures from people we know. Indeed, when survivors do disclose, it’s often to friends, family, or other informal support people.  How we respond to sexual assault disclosure matters – sometimes for the worse. Unfortunately, there are many unhelpful and even hurtful ways toContinue reading “3 Ways to Respond to a Sexual Assault Disclosure”

Where Research Meets Denim This April

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM) comes around each April, offering a chance for us to transform increased attention to sexual assault into collaborative action for change. This year, the Traumatic Stress Studies Group is participating in #SAAM by getting the word out about sexual assault research on Prevalence (Week 1), Common Reactions to Disclosures (WeekContinue reading “Where Research Meets Denim This April”

A Rideshare on the Road to Change

The four of us left the restaurant together, having celebrated a friend’s birthday. Laughing and carrying on, we made our way to the Lyft that idled across the street. A woman smiled warmly at us from the driver’s seat. As she drove us through Portland’s nighttime streets, our banter turned to the kinds of conversationsContinue reading “A Rideshare on the Road to Change”