PSY Students and Faculty Present Research at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The Trauma Outcomes and Recovery (TOAR) Lab was well represented at this year’s annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. This year’s theme was “Promoting Societal Change: Integrating Traumatic Stress Research, Practice and Policy for Vulnerable Populations.”

Students preseting their research posters.

Photo by: Dr. Valdez

TOAR Lab students Trevor Stevens (left), Jessica Totaan (middle), and Kendall Whitney (right).

Three students presented two posters from a current mixed-methods study examining trauma in relation to posttraumatic stress and growth, as well as trauma as a motivating factor for prosocial advocacy and activism among former gang members to end gang violence:

Whitney, K., Stevens, T., Conen, K., Fields, L., & Valdez, C. E. (2018, November). Posttraumatic distress and posttraumatic growth: Narratives and correlates of trauma and community violence exposure in a sample of former gang members.

Whitney, K., Totaan, J., Conen, K., Fields, L., & Valdez, C. E. (2018, November). What ex-gang members say about joining and leaving gangs: Impacts of societal conditions that create and perpetuate trauma, and potential for prosocial advocacy.

Dr. Valdez gave an oral presentation focused on experiences of trauma, mental health, and barriers to treatment among former gang members:

Valdez, C. E., Fields, L., Conen, K., Whitney, K. (2018, November). Posttraumatic distress and barriers to treatment among former gang members: Implications for improving access to traumatic stress resources in marginalized populations.

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