Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma's

Research Lab @ The University of Tulsa

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Research in partnership with the Dart Center: dartcenter.org  

The University of Tulsa contains the Research Lab for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. This lab completes psychological and interdisciplinary research on trauma on journalists, traumatic media and the public, and trauma reporting and victims. It consists of clinial psychology researchers from the TACTS lab and industrial-organizational psychology researchers working with Dr. Bradley Brummel.

How do the Dart Center and clinical psychology fit together?

Journalists are a unique population often exposed to trauma as they cover stories about war, accidents, illness, and other situations. Clinical psychologists, and clinical psychology students, provide important information about how journalists cope with trauma and how PTSD symptoms can be avoided and reduced in this population. At the University of Tulsa, clinical psychologists work together with industrial organizational psychologists to better understand, target, and provide information and aid to this occupational group. This aid can take many forms, including tools to help protect journalists, to help journalists sensitively interview vicitims of trauma, and help journalists thoughtfully protray traumatic events to consumers.

Expertise in trauma and psychology can also help address many of the current problems facing journalists. Dr. Newman was recently featured in a campaign by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for the Safety of Female Journalists Online.

 

How can a clinical psychology student benefit from working with Dart?

Dart provides a unique opportunity for clinical students to do pure psychology or interdisciplinary trauma research with respect to traumatic stress theory, methods, and unique journalist samples. All work done by the Dart Lab is naturally of an interdisciplinary nature as students work at the intersection of communication, clinical psychology, and industrial organizational psychology. Dart's mission includes educating and advocating, and students who work with Dart have the opportunity to produce original research while also creating material designed to educate journalist populations. Students also have the opportunity to serve as advocates for journalists and their sources.

Students working with the Dart Center learn to:
-hone reserach skills
-critical thinking
-translate psychology science by removing jargon

How can an industrial organizational psychology student benefit from working with Dart?

The clinical psychology students in Dr. Newman's lab work with I/O students advised by Dr. Bradley Brummel to better understand journalism and trauma. also provides an opportunity for I/O students to do pure psychology or interdisciplinary work with respect to management theory, occupational distress, and training. All work done by the Dart Lab is naturally of an interdisciplinary nature as students work at the intersection of communication, clinical psychology, and industrial organizational psychology. Dart's mission includes educating and advocating, and students who work with Dart have the opportunity to produce original research while also creating material designed to educate journalist populations. Students also have the opportunity to serve as advocates for journalists and their sources.

Current Research

Current projects include: safety training for journalists, the effects of occupational and social support for journalists, substance abuse in journalists.

Previous Research (Dissertations)

The war on journalists: Pathways to posttraumatic stress and occupational dysfunction among journalists - Susan Drevo
This dissertation examines the extent to which occupational intimidation, sexual harassment, and moral injury impact journalists’ health and ability to perform their job relative to personal and coverage-related trauma exposure by examining hierarchical predictor models of posttraumatic stress symptoms and occupational dysfunction.  

Aggression against journalists: Understanding occupational intimidation of journalists using comparisons with sexual harassment - Kelsey Parker
This dissertation introduces the construct of occupational intimidation as a form of occupation-specific aggression faced by journalists. In order to better understand the functioning of occupational intimidation, it is compared to an empirically supported model of the risk factors and consequences associated with sexual harassment.

Emotional intelligence as a predictor of occupational functioning and probable posttraumatic stress disorder in American journalists - Summer Nelson
This study aims to strengthen the research literature about journalists by exploring both PTSD and occupational dysfunction. Additionally, the utility of emotional intelligence as a predictor of both PTSD symptomology and occupational dysfunction is explored.

Trauma and journalism: exploring a model of risk and resilience - River Smith
The study examines the impact of covering work-related traumatic events. To expand upon previous research examining exposure to work-related trauma among journalists, a model of risk and resilience is explored.

Previous Research Completed by Dr. Newman
Newman, E., Drevo, S., Brummel, B., Rees, G., & Shapiro, B. (2016). Online abuse of women journalists: Towards an evidence-based approach to prevention and intervention. In B. Gardiner (Ed.), New challenges to freedom of expression: Countering online abuse of female journalists (pp. 46-52). The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), an intergovernmental agency.

Newman, E. & Shapiro, B. (2014). Clinicians and journalists responding to disaster. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 24(1), 32-8. doi: 10.1089/cap.2013.0068

Newman, E. (2007). Summary of Empirical Questions Pertaining to Trauma Research. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 2, 57-59.

Pyevich, C., Newman, E. & Daleidan, E. (2003). The relationship among cognitive schemas, job-related traumatic exposure, and PTSD in journalists. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 16 (4): 325-328,

Newman, E., Simpson, R. & Handschuh, D. (2003) Trauma exposure and post-traumatic Stress Disorder among Photojournalists. Visual Communication Quarterly. 10, 1.4-13.

Previous and Current Dart Students (Where are they now?)

Bret Arnold
I/O Doctoral Student

Bret is a second year doctoral student of Industrial and Organizational (IO) psychology. His IO research focuses on burnout interventions and their intercultural transferability. For Dart, Bret explores how the IO principles of occupational health psychology, organizational climate, and training can help news organizations address trauma at work.

Susan Drevo
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 2017

Clinically, Susan's interests involve those who are often first to arrive at traumatic scenes and who endure repeated and prolonged trauma exposure as a result of their occupational duties.  Her specific interests include traditional first responders (e.g., police officers, firefighters, paramedics, etc.), journalists covering traumatic stories around the globe, veterans, and active duty combat soldiers. Susan is currently a post doctoral fellow at the National Center for Organizational Development where she provides organizational health services for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), nationwide.

Anushka Patel

Anushka Patel
Clinical Psychology Student

Anushka is a fourth year doctoral student. She spent the 2015 summer conducting a needs assessment of trauma exposure and common mental disorders in slums of Bombay, India. Her future goal is to culturally-adapt evidence-based trauma treatments for low-income settings. Anushka's clinical interests include assessing and treating the psychological sequelae of trauma exposure, especially in low-income settings and with ethnic minority populations.

Autumn Slaughter
Clinical Psychology Student

Autumn is a second year doctoral student and the TACTS lab manager. She works at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Current projects include research into journalists’ experiences with hostile environment, first aid and safety training programs. Autumn’s clinical interests include journalists covering traumatic news and psychology advoacy/public policy.