Wishing you Creature Comfort this Holiday Season

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 Holiday Season”

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”

Evolving Perspectives

Science and discovery require learning to see the world all around us in new ways. Focusing on trauma and violence requires truth-telling about the harm that humans cause each other as well as curating hope, joy, and mindfulness of the moment. Here are some images from my photo practice through which I seek to doContinue reading “Evolving Perspectives”

Tracking COVID-19 Impacts and Legal Needs in Colorado

by Anne P. DePrince & Adi Rosenthal As the world reeled from the first wave of the coronavirus in the Spring, lots of conversations turned towards concern about the impact on victims/survivors and victim service agencies. To track these concerns, we started to ask victim service providers to share what they saw as the biggestContinue reading “Tracking COVID-19 Impacts and Legal Needs in Colorado”

Sharing Research in Socially-Distanced Times

The pandemic has only amplified the importance of doing research into the causes and consequences of violence as well as effective responses. However, sharing that research looks different these days. In the Fall, our team typically heads off to the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) to share our workContinue reading “Sharing Research in Socially-Distanced Times”

Tracking Victim Services in Colorado

by Anne P. DePrince & Naomi Wright Would more money help? More precisely: Would increases in funding for victim services across Colorado change service provision, improve organizational capacity to service victims, and improve collaboration across service agencies? That kind of change is a tall order. But that’s what our colleagues at the Office for VictimsContinue reading “Tracking Victim Services in Colorado”

Check-in + Check Out: Traumatic Brain Injury and Intimate Partner Abuse

For many years, the term traumatic brain injury (or TBI) has evoked thoughts about the perils that faced combat troops or world-class athletes. Recently, victim advocates and researchers have pointed out the importance of recognizing that TBIs also affect victims and survivors of intimate partner abuse (IPA). Here at the Traumatic Stress Studies (TSS) Group,Continue reading “Check-in + Check Out: Traumatic Brain Injury and Intimate Partner Abuse”