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”

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””

Welcoming a New Team Member

With September comes the start of our Fall Quarter at the University of Denver. One of the most exciting parts of kicking off an academic year is when new graduate students join our team. This year, the TSS Group gets to welcome Becky Suzuki to our team. A first-year doctoral student in the Department ofContinue reading “Welcoming a New Team Member”

Naming Relationship Abuse

Psychologists have a role to play in educating the public about relationship abuse. At least, that’s what we believe in the Traumatic Stress Studies Group. Graduate students Adi Rosenthal and Maria-Ernestina Christl took up that education charge when they penned a commentary for The Denver Post, entitled Tiger King, Abuse, and Coercive Control. Their opinionContinue reading “Naming Relationship Abuse”

Bringing Trauma Science to the 2020 News Cycle

The news in 2020 has been fast and furious. In January and February, the world watched as Harvey Weinstein stood trial for (and was convicted on) multiple counts of sexual assault. By March, our worlds were turned upside down by the coronavirus crisis. These whirlwind events have had numerous implications for victims, survivors, and serviceContinue reading “Bringing Trauma Science to the 2020 News Cycle”

Sexual Assault Awareness in a Pandemic

Last month’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month looked different from past years. Instead of group shots on Denim Day, the TSS Group found ourselves piecing together photo montages from different corners of Denver and the world. Instead of showing up to events focused on consent or what it means to start by believing, we’ve found ourselvesContinue reading “Sexual Assault Awareness in a Pandemic”

What’s in a Measure? Developing the Trauma Appraisal Questionnaire

Clinicians and researchers have long recognized that violence and abuse affect how people make meaning — of the world and themselves. For example, survivors might blame themselves or feel rage at others. Those appraisals of the trauma can, in turn, affect psychological distress and healing. Measuring appraisals, then, can be important to both clinical workContinue reading “What’s in a Measure? Developing the Trauma Appraisal Questionnaire”

With Sexual Assault in the Spotlight, Sharing Science

  What does research have to say about common myths that might come up during sexual assault trials? What does science have to say about so-called false memories of sexual assault? Questions like these have come to the forefront with the start of the trial of media mogul Harvey Weinstein on multiple counts of sexualContinue reading “With Sexual Assault in the Spotlight, Sharing Science”