The primary objective of the Sub-plan in Trauma Psychology is to prepare graduate students for further academic and/or clinical training at the doctoral level or for post-MA work in this field in settings such as hospitals, VA clinics, and emergency relief centers. Students who complete this program will also be able to pursue PhD level work in the areas of clinical or experimental psychology focusing on trauma, homeland security, and public policy.
Trauma Psychology Sub-Plan Components
Students in the Trauma Sub-plan must (a) complete all the requirements of the Clinical or Psychological Science track of the Psychology MA Program, (b) take the core content course in Trauma Psychology (PSY 6160), and (c) complete a research thesis in this area and be supervised by a relevant faculty member. Students in the Psychological Science MA track must also participate in sub-plan activities such as colloquia, and students in the Clinical MA track must complete their clinical practicum in a setting relevant to trauma psychology. Appropriate placements will focus on clinical interventions for trauma recovery as well as prevention programs for secondary trauma.
Several additional courses outside of the Psychology Department are available. Please discuss with the Sub-Plan Coordinator for more details if you have room in your curriculum plan for additional courses.
Trauma Psychology Sub-Plan Faculty
Charles C. Benight, PhD (Sub-Plan Coordinator): Social Cognitive Theory and Trauma Recovery
Eve Gruntfest, PhD: Disaster Warning Systems
Robert Durham, PhD: Sex Offenders and Abuse Issues
Tom Pyszczynski, PhD: Terror Management Theory and Trauma
Brandon Gavett, PhD: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy