Connecting Trauma-Informed to Community-Engaged

In the years before #MeToo exploded into public awareness, conversations about trauma and its impact on schools and other institutions were growing under the banner of becoming trauma-informed. Trauma-informed principles such as those outlined by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offered new ways to think about institutional policies and practices that recognize andContinue reading “Connecting Trauma-Informed to Community-Engaged”

Three Friends, Two Strangers, One Smashed Phone, and a Purple Balloon: A NYE Story

I don’t recall rain, which seems strange for December 31st in downtown Seattle. We had only a few hours to go until we said goodbye to a dreadful year. A year in which the dot-com crash wreaked havoc in the Seattle economy and evening news reports described businesses dumping their no-longer-needed office furniture in desolateContinue reading “Three Friends, Two Strangers, One Smashed Phone, and a Purple Balloon: A NYE Story”

Wishing you Creature Comfort this New Year

A few years back, I heard Tarana Burke speak at a Blue Bench event in Denver. In fielding questions about how she has navigated a high profile career addressing sexual assault and trauma, she spoke of curating joy in her life. I think of her phrase – curating joy – often. Growing up professionally inContinue reading “Wishing you Creature Comfort this New Year”

Welcoming a New Team Member!

One of the best parts of fall — beyond even this year’s amazing leaves — is welcoming new members to our team. This fall, I’m delighted to welcome Courtney McCrimmon, a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Psychology’s clinical program. Courtney joins returning graduate team members Maria-Ernestina Christl, Kim-Chi Pham, Adi Rosenthal, and BeckyContinue reading “Welcoming a New Team Member!”

Overlapping Difficulties: Preliminary Findings on PTSD and TBI Symptoms

by Anne P. DePrince & Naomi Wright Our team and others around the country have sounded the alarm about the high rates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among women seeking services for intimate partner abuse (IPA). While many people recover from TBIs without complications, consequences can persist for some people. Some of those consequences, suchContinue reading “Overlapping Difficulties: Preliminary Findings on PTSD and TBI Symptoms”

A Cover and Now a Countdown: Every 90 Seconds

Book writing is kind of lonely, I’ve learned. Until recently, my career as an academic trauma psychologist focused on writing with other people — students, colleagues, community partners — to publish journal articles, book chapters, and edited volumes. I understand the pace and process of that kind of writing. Trade book writing is different, though.Continue reading “A Cover and Now a Countdown: Every 90 Seconds”

Of Deserts, Dialectics, and Trauma Work

My camera in hand, the desert’s quickly changing light and sweeping landscapes always bring to mind a dialectic. We are small compared to the passage of time, recorded in the history of a dry river bed. We are tiny compared to the enormity of a sky that that can hold a full moon setting asContinue reading “Of Deserts, Dialectics, and Trauma Work”

Tracing a Path from the TSS Group to Interdisciplinary Advocacy

by Ryan Matlow, Ph.D., ’13 When I was member of the Traumatic Stress Studies Group and a clinical psychology graduate student within the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience specialization, I had the special opportunity to learn the foundational science that informs our understanding of children’s reactions to stress, adversity, and trauma exposure. In particular, I developed a knowledgeContinue reading “Tracing a Path from the TSS Group to Interdisciplinary Advocacy”

Reflecting on Research into Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations

We spend a lot of time thinking about teams here at the Traumatic Stress Studies (TSS) Group, particularly the impact that multidisciplinary teams can have in responding to trauma and violence in our communities. Whether communities are responding to sexual assault or domestic violence, older adult maltreatment or campus sexual assault, we’ve found that multidisciplinaryContinue reading “Reflecting on Research into Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations”

Awareness is Not Enough: An Update on the Forthcoming “Every 90 Seconds”

“Awareness, though, is not enough.” That was my response to a recent question about whether awareness of the sexual harassment in the Governor’s office in New York state was going to change things. I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of letting go of the promise that awareness will change violence against women whileContinue reading “Awareness is Not Enough: An Update on the Forthcoming “Every 90 Seconds””