Sub-Plan in Trauma Psychology (Clinical and Psychological Science MA)

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.

In addition, all students can choose to take additional courses related to trauma psychology from other departments. Options include:


GEO 4550 Disasters and Society

Public Administration

PAD 5950 Introduction to Homeland Defense
PAD 5951 Interagency Relationships in Homeland Security & Homeland Defense
PAD 5957 Understanding the Threat
PAD 5954 Democracy, Policy & Security
PAD 5955 Counterterrorism Intelligence

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 Eve Gruntfest, PhD: Disaster Warning Systems

Mike Kisley, PhD: Cognitive Processing and Trauma

Tom Pyszczynski, PhD: Terror Management Theory and Trauma

Sandy Wurtele, PhD: Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

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