Past Research

Domestic Violence Dangerousness Assessment
This study utilizes an assessment of dangerousness given to domestic violence victims following an incident. The study then looks at whether or not these women were later killed by the perpetrators.

Lethality Assessment from Victim Statements

This study aimed to develop a coding system based on the dangerousness assessment in attempt to discriminate between DV victim impact statements by women who were later killed by the perpetrator and women who are still living.

Nightmare Themes Study

The Nightmare Themes study was part of a larger study evaluating the efficacy of treatments for trauma-related nightmares. This study utilized transcriptions of nightmares from participants in a clinical sample of chronic nightmare sufferers and looked at themes within the narratives using qualitative methods.

Oklahoma Community Readiness Training for Military Trauma: Wounded Warriors

A learning community initiative intended to increase the Tulsa community’s knowledge of military culture and to facilitate rapid delivery and sustained use of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in mental health agencies.

Mitigating the Effects of Sexual Assault

This study examined depression, substance use, positive and negative life changes, social support, health, rape attributions, and nightmare-related symptoms in addition to anxiety and posttraumatic stress among sexual assault survivors.  Additionally, this study investigated the utilization of a brief video intervention. Lastly, this study investigated possible relationships between genetic variations and distress via salivary samples.

Coping with Substance Abuse: TWCC

This project examined psychological and social issues in a sample of women in an intensive inpatient treatment for substance abuse. In particular, researchers examined parenting skills, mental health, and readiness to change of women in intensive treatment for substance abuse. This study replicated the Reducing Incarceration of Substance-Abusing Women study, but in a one-time design rather than pre/post.

Personality Characteristics, Organizational Structure and Job Satisfaction of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE)

This project was designed to investigate personality characteristics of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) and the organizational structure present in their work environments and which, if either, have an impact on job satisfaction and retention.

Assessment of Mental Health Practices in Oklahoma

This study surveyed mental health professionals in the Tulsa-area regarding treatment of returning veterans. This study aimed to understand the current level of training, common practices, and interest in future education pertaining to this population.

Newspaper Accounts of Domestic Violence Homicides in Oklahoma

This study employed content analysis and examined the way that domestic violence is framed in newspaper accounts of domestic violence homicides in Oklahoma.

SANE Case Tracking

Data from sexual assault cases of adolescents and adults through the case files provided by the Tulsa Police Department [TPD], Tulsa Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner [SANE] Program, and the Oklahoma State Courts Network [OCSN] were collected for cases from 2004.

SANE Framing

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Framing was a qualitative project that analyzed in-depth interviews with SANE directors across the United States.

Dangerousness Assessment

Examined whether higher Danger Assessment (DA) total scores were linked to higher level of physical harm.

SANE Program Satisfaction (OCAST)

This study assessed behavioral, emotional, and communicative abilities of nurses using a brief, self-report questionnaire.

GIS Class Project: Mapping (OCAST)

The GIS Class Project examined the geographical and sociodemographics of those who seek forensic physical exams following sexual assault.

Impact of Mass Disaster News Coverage on Adults

This meta-analysis project sought to gather and analyze literature about clinical interventions for PTSD and other mental health outcomes in children exposed to disaster and/or terrorism.

Intervention Outcomes Among Child Disaster Survivors: A Meta-Analysis

This critical review of the current base of research examined the effects of trauma-related news media on adults.