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The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
was established in the fall of 2002 by Dr. Gaithri Fernando, and is
intended to bring together students from different ethnocultural
backgrounds and countries. Students are provided the opportunity to
learn about trauma-relevant events occurring in countries other than the
United States, as the lab has an international focus.

The lab is driven by the visions of the
students and the director, and as such several research studies are
currently underway. A developmental psychopathology model is used to
conduct research on the effects of trauma, including war trauma such as
torture. Other topics under study include the effects of witnessing
interparental physical violence and ethnocultural influences on
traumatic stress. Considerations of culturally relevant treatment models
are also within the scope of the lab. Undergraduate and graduate
students work collaboratively, and seminars on posttraumatic stress and
research methods are held regularly.

The Center maintains collaborative
relationships with clinicians and researchers around the world,
including Denmark, Sri Lanka, and England. Students present their work
at several research symposia and conferences, including the Western
Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.
Students with a passion for understanding the correlates and effects of
posttraumatic stress and wish to know more about the Center may contact
Dr. Fernando by e-mail,