Dr. Newman's work focuses upon assessing, understanding, and treating maladaptive responses to traumatic life events.  Her current work involves applying evidence about trauma to other disciplines. Dr. Newman is the research director for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and her work is focused on the intersection of journalism and traumatic stress studies including examining PTSD among journalists, reader response to news, and victims’ responses to news coverage about them.

Dr. Newman has authored over 100 articles, books, and publications examining topics such as trauma and substance abuse, treatment and assessment, teaching, and substance use effects.  Given the importance of understanding the cultural and political context of violence, she also has expertise in gender issues and has published work in the area.  Past research has focused on developing methods to measure trauma-related cognitive and affective themes, the assessment and nosology of complex PTSD, a longitudinal study of veterans, the development of a child interview for post-traumatic stress disorder, health outcomes and PTSD, and the role of PTSD in delinquency assessment and treatment. She has also focused on research ethics and understanding and defining the risks of trauma research.

Teaching Interests:

• Psychology of Women

• Clinical Supervision

• Advanced Psychotherapies

Education and Degrees Earned:

• Ph.D. 1993 Clinical Psychology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

• M.A. 1988 Psychology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

• B.A. 1986 Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Awards and Recognitions:

• Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research Award, 2013

• Shining Star Award, Family and Children’s Services, March, 2011

• Community Service Council Recognition Award, December, 2010

• Frank Ochberg Award for Media and Trauma Study, ISTSS, 2009

• Mentor of the Year Award, Women Study Program, 2009

• Medicine Wheel Award, University of Tulsa, 2007

• President, International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, 2006-2007

• Oscar Parson’s Distinguished Lecturer Award, Oklahoma Psychological Association, Division of Research and Training, 2002