The TACTS Lab

For clinical applicants, Dr. Newman is especially interested in students (2018-2019) with a focus in:
Journalism and Trauma.

Elana Newman, Ph.D., established the Center in Fall of 2002, although it has been operating loosely since September 1996. The Center's mission as well as previous, current, and future projects are outlined below. Students at the Center have presented at local and national conferences, won awards for scholarship, and co-authored publications.

MISSION: The mission of the Center is to conduct research on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of the subsequent effects of traumatic stress injury. Besides research, members are involved in educating the community on issues regarding trauma and mental health. The lab values and endorses high ethical integrity and the need to combine scholarship with practice.

PREVIOUS PROJECTS: Trauma and PTSD among emergency rescue workers, minorities, battered women, and college students; participants' responses to trauma-releated research; ethical conduct of trauma research; disaster mental health; trauma-informed interventions; evaulation of adolescent mental health programs in partnership with Community Research and Development.

CURRENT PROJECTS: substance abuse and trauma, effectiveness of safety training for journalists, PTSD, moral injury and occupational dysfunction among journalists, harassment of journalists, and cultural idioms of distress in India.

Dr. Newman continues to work on issues related to trauma-informed interventions for individuals and organizations, ethics and trauma research, and disaster mental health projects. Some of this work continues to involve students.

FUTURE PROJECTS: Dr. Newman continues to have interests in ethics of trauma, trauma-focused interventions, and mass disaster but the TACTS lab is moving toward a specality in understanding various aspects of trauma and journalism. Specifically lab members are examining PTSD and resilience among journalists, workplace issues for journalists, the impact of trauma-related news on sources, harassment of journalists and other related topics.