Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology


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,

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