Samuelson Lab in Traumatic Stress Research

Samuelson Lab for Traumatic Stress Research

UCCS

Dr. Kristi Samuelson is an Associate Professor at UCCS and Associate Director of Clinical Training.  Dr. Samuelson teaches primarily in the graduate clinical psychology program, trauma track.  She will likely be accepting one PhD student in to her lab for Fall 2020 and at least one MA student. 

Dr. Samuelson's research has specialized in the field of trauma psychology since 2001, with much of her work surrounding neuropsychological functioning in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Her early work documented neuropsychological deficits in adults and children with PTSD, and more recent work involves the development and testing of interventions targeting neurocognitive processes.  In addition, she is interested in the disconnect between a patient’s appraisals of his or her cognitive deficits when compared to objective neurocognitive performance.  Dr. Samuelson has expanded her work on neuropsychological functioning and PTSD to involve the comorbid diagnoses of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and chronic pain.  The lab recently developed a web-based training program for primary care providers in the  assessment and management of mTBI. 

Dr. Samuelson is particularly interested in the notion of cognitive resilience – the building of cognitive skills to both buffer and protect against the effects of stress and trauma.   She and her students developed a cognitive resilience program entitled Integrated Brain-Body Training (IBBT).  The lab has also partnered with Colorado Springs high schools to deliver a psychological cognitive resilience training curriculum entitled Strong Smart.  

The lab members are broadly interested in neurocognitive markers that underlie trauma symptoms and recovery processes.  For example, lab members examine the role of psychological flexibility in complex PTSD, the role of executive functioning in risk taking behavior in PTSD, and the relationship between the trauma memory narrative and generalized neuropsychological functioning.  The ultimate goal is to develop adjunctive or precursor interventions to support recovery via evidence-based interventions for PTSD.

News!

Krista Engle Wins the Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholar Award

November, 2019 | MORE

Tyler Powers Awarded the Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region (PSPPR) Outstanding Clinical MA Student Award


Alisa Bartel Awarded the Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region (PSPPR) Outstanding Clinical PhD Student Award


Krista Engle Recieves the Psi Chi Graduate Research Grant

January, 2019 | MORE