Dr. Newman has an active research lab, Treatment and Assessment Center for Traumatic Stress. Major projects include studying journalism and trauma and evaluating a prison-diversion program for substance-abusing women. Smaller projects include campus sexual assault and consultation. Dr. Newman is the Research Director for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The University of Tulsa houses the Dart Center Research Center and is one of 7 Dart Center offices across the world. The Research Center is conducting studies on the occupational health of journalists, scholarly literature reviews about the field of journalism in addition to understanding readers responses to particular types of news presentations about trauma. The TU office also produced the Dart Research Database. Dr. Newman regularly provides training to professional journalists both in the US and abroad. She has spoken at specialty trainings, journalism conferences all over the world, including Haiti, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Australia and several European countries. From January 2002-July 2002, Dr. Newman took a leave of absence from the University of Tulsa to create and directed the first satellite office of the Dart Center for Trauma and Journalism, dubbed Dart Center - Ground Zero Office. The Center provided educational and psychological support for journalists covering traumatic events.
Dr. Newman is a co-director of the Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Abuse, and iNjustice, an interdisciplinary institute committed to evidence-based education, scholarship, research, and service that reduce the incidence and impact of trauma and adversity.
Dr. Newman is also a founding member of the Center for Community Research and Development The center provides a link between the University of Tulsa and local community-based organizations, by using faculty and student research and technical expertise to improve the effectiveness of community organizations by drawing upon the research.