Trauma, Health and Hazards Center (THHC)

Our Mission is to reduce the impact of extreme human events through social science cross-disciplinary scholarship, scientifically informed policy directives, and select educational initiatives across the spectrum of extreme human adversity (i.e., terrorist attacks, natural disasters, mass violence). The THHC provides cutting edge research, decision support, and innovation to an array of critical concerns important to both individual and collective adaptation.

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THHC News and Events

THHC News & Event Archive

We are excited to announce that Kristi Samuelson and colleagues recently published a paper! Below is the citation of the paper and the online PDF 
Samuelson, K. W., Newman, J., Abu Amara, D., Qian, M., Li, M., Schultebraucks, K., Purchia, E., Genfi, A., Laska, E., Siegel, C., Hammamieh, R., Gautam, A., Jett, M., & Marmar, C. R. (2019, December 2). Predeployment Neurocognitive Functioning Predicts Postdeployment Posttraumatic Stress in Army Personnel. Neuropsychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/neu0000603
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Margaret Morrison and Megan Wendling recruiting students in Columbine Hall to participate in research at the THHC! 
Students and researches from the Trauma, Health & Hazards Center at UCCS presented current research at ISTSS 35th annual meeting. See below under "Faculty and Student Highlights" or Click here to view a slideshow from the conference!
The next Trauma Training Program starts on January 20th, 2020! Click here to see more information and how to register for the class!
Join us for a talk presented by Dr. Carol Keane on Wednesday, November 20th, from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Information on the talk can be found below!
Dr. David Griffin will be presenting in Berger hall on Friday, December 6th, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Dr. Griffin was the engineer of the first-arriving engine for the Charleston 9, where 9 firefighters perished in a warehouse fire. Dr. Griffin will relate how this experience changed education and training on a national level. To learn more about and/or sign up for this talk, please click here 
Graduate students from both Charles Benight and Kristi Samuelson's lab are preparing to present their posters at the ISTSS 35th Annual Meeting. Congratulations and good luck, students!
Dr. Charles Benight, Colin Mahoney, and Shannon Lynch, recently published a paper in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence titled, "The Indirect Effect of Coping Self-Efficacy on the Relation Between Sexual Violence and PTSD Symptoms." Click here to view a full PDF! 
We are excited to announce that Kristi Samuelson's lab has two new publications authored by students! Below are citations of the papers and online PDF's. 
Engle, K., Talbot, M., & Samuelson, K. W. (2019, August 5). Is Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk) a Comparable Recruitment Source for Trauma Studies?. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000502
Bartel A, Jordan J, Correll D, Devane A, Samuelson KW. Somatic burden and perceived cognitive problems in trauma‐exposed adults with posttraumatic stress symptoms or pain. J. Clin. Psychol. 2019;1–15. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22855
On Saturday, October 5th, students from Charles Benight's research lab attended the TESSA 5k run! The run allowed survivors to run together in solidarity, with the support of friends, family, and the community. THHC provided resources and research opportunities to survivors while also participating in the run directly. Below are pictures from the event featuring Julie Hurd and Margaret Morrison.

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Join us for our resilient families groups below! These groups are for parents/caregivers and their teens who want to learn more about ways to build family resilience after experiencing trauma. Look at the flyers below for more information! 
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We are excited to welcome Sudhanshu Kumar Semwal, Ph.D., as a new affilate with the THHC! Dr. Semwal is currently a Professor of Computer Science and a Director of the Honors Program at UCCS. He is interested in virtual reality and connecting with Trauma. You can view Dr. Semwal's Faculty page by clicking here. Welcome, Dr. Semwal!
We are pleased to announce that Krista Engle, fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology Phd program (Trauma track), has received the ISTSS Travel Award! This award is given to help assist students with travel costs to the ISTSS annual conference. Krista will be presenting a poster examining physiological markers assessed during a trauma trigger as predictors of PTSD development longitudinally. Click here to learn more about the conference!
We are pleased to announce that Krista Engle, fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology Phd program (Trauma track), has received the ISTSS Putnam Award! Awardees are selected from student members who are judged to have the potential to make the greatest contribution to the field of traumatic stress. Click here to learn more about the award!
UCCS Trauma,Health and Hazards Center July Newsletter – we are excited to share this with you! Click Here
Next online TRAUMA TRAINING FOUNDATION I course starts August 26th. For registration instructions Click Here. For more info on online courses Click Here
UCCS Trauma,Health and Hazards Center February Newsletter – we are excited to share this with you! Click Here
The Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic was awarded a one-year grant from the Colorado Springs Health Foundation to develop programming for at-risk teens (12 and older) and their parents. “Resilient Teens” and “Resilient Parents” are two new 6-8 week groups that will be launched in Summer, 2019, for parents and teens who have experienced trauma. For more information, contact VHTC Director Kathryn Dosch at 719-255-8003.
Check out the THHC's new Trauma Training for Professionals Program! The class begins on March 11th, 2019 (Last day to register) and ends on May 6th, 2019. To learn more about the class and how to apply, click here! Click Here 
Dr. Charles Benight, Director of the Trauma, Health and Hazards Center, has been featured in an article by Communique! To learn more about Dr. Benight and why he does what he does Click Here 
Introducing the THHC's new podcast "Eye of the Storm" focusing on resilience and how individuals cope with trauma and contribute to the empowerment of others. Please enjoy our first episode "Trauma, Asylum Seeking, and the Dilley Pro Bono Project" featuring Dr. Kristin Samuelson.  Click Here to listen to the podcast!
Resilience in our First Responder Community: A Wellness Event! Check it out Friday, November 16th, 2018. Click Here for more information
Dr. Lisa Brenner gave a presentation on: TBI, Negative Psychiatric Outcomes, and Novel Intervention Strategies. Information from the event can be found here!
UCCS Trauma,Health and Hazards Center October Newsletter – we are excited to share this with you! Click Here
UCCS Trauma,Health and Hazards Center June Newsletter – we are excited to share this with you! Click Here
UCCS Communique Article: Headstrong, UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic offer expanded access for veterans - Click Here
CMT competition - Amanda's presentation
CMT competition - Alisa's presentation
News5 Video Interview with Dr. Valerie Anderson
UCCS Trauma,Health and Hazards Center March Newsletter – we are excited to share this with you! Click Here
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Our own Pamela Weisman receives the Outstanding Clinical Psychology Masters Student Award from the Psychology Society for the Pikes Pea k Region! Way to go Pamela! (Pamela is pictured here with Dr. Charles Benight at the event)

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