Congratulations to our Graduates!

This year TRAPT graduated four of our wonderful undergraduate students. We will miss them but are incredibly excited to see what amazing things they’ll do down the road!

Ashley Bailey will be attending medical school at OU in the fall.

Mariah Rubino will be attending medical school at OU in the fall.

Hannah Cole will be working with Dr. Casey Taft at the National Center for PTSD, Behavioral Sciences Division in Boston, MA.

Savannah Phillips will be working on her master’s in biomedical science at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in the fall.

Congratulations to our graduates!

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Jenny Lee and Tim McDermott Present Pre-Candidacy Projects

Two of our grad students, Jenny Lee and Tim McDermott, presented their pre-candidacy projects. A huge congratulations to both of them for completing a big program milestone!

 

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TRAPT presents at TU Research Colloquium

A number of our undergrad and grad student members presented at the annual TU research colloquium in April. We hosted a special topic symposium related to the campus climate survey entitled “The state of TU-nion: An examination of sexual assault and interpersonal violence at the University of Tulsa” with presentations by Chelsea Cogan, Jess LaPlant, Savannah Phillips, and Shianne Andrew.

Hannah Cole and Jenny Lee both presented oral presentations and Ashley Bailey presented a poster. Please check our presentations page for more information about these presentations.

 From left to right: Jess LaPlant, Savannah Phillips, Chelsea Cogan, and Shianne Andrew

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Welcome to TRAPT, Matt!

TRAPT got extra lucky this year and is bringing in a second clinical psychology Ph.D. student, Matthew Crowley!

His research interests are related to improving the treatment outcomes of PTSD in military populations and using novel technologies to improve the dissemination of evidence based treatments.

When asked about what he’s looking forward to about Tulsa, he replied, “I’m excited to move to Tulsa as its a part of the country that I’ve never lived in before, and I’m ready for a contrast from DC life.  I’m also eager to start to work with the TRAPT team on the studies that are currently happening, and to learn more about ERRT and sleep disturbances.”

All of here at TRAPT are incredibly excited for you to join us in August, Matt!

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Welcome to TRAPT, Caitlin!

TRAPT is excited to announce that Caitlin Paquet will be joining us in Fall 2018 as a clinical psychology Ph.D student! Currently, she’s an intern at the Charleston VA where she conducts CBT with Veterans with insomnia and depression. Research-wise, she works as a research specialist at MUSC investigating the interaction between olfaction and mental health.

Her research interests include examining the role of sleep in the etiology and maintenance of mental health disorders and improving EBPs for comorbid insomnia and mental health disorders.

When asked why she chose Tulsa, Caitlin said “I chose Tulsa because of the warm and supportive atmosphere in the psychology department as well as the high quality of research going on within the department! I chose TRAPT because I am inspired by Dr. Davis’ passion for helping people who have experienced a trauma as well as her passion for research. I hope to work with Dr. Davis and her lab on increasing the effectiveness of ERRT and understanding how treating insomnia can improve treatment outcomes for people with PTSD and other mental health disorders.”

We’re all looking forward to you getting started with us, Caitlin!

 

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Rachel Micol Accepts Postdoc at the Boston VA!

Rachel Micol (presently at the Boston VA on internship) recently accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Boston VA for next year! It is a one-year clinical postdoctoral position for the PTSD track at the VA Boston Healthcare System. The position allows for advanced training in the integration of various approaches to PTSD treatment and to the treatment of other trauma-related and comorbid disorders. Clinical training is split between two VA Boston clinical programs affiliated with the VA National Center for PTSD: the PTSD Clinical Team (PCT) and the Women’s Stress Disorder Treatment Team (WSDTT), which allows for provision of clinical services in a population diverse on all sociodemographic characteristics. In addition to provision of direct clinical care, the fellowship offers unique training opportunities related to administration, supervision, and consultation. Further, fellows have the opportunity to engage in research through the VA National Center for PTSD Behavioral Science Division (BSD) and/or Women’s Health Sciences Division (WHSD).

All of us here in TRAPT are incredibly proud of Rachel!

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Ashley Clausen Accepts Postdoc at Duke University!

Ashley Clausen (currently on internship at the Durham VAMC) recently accepted a wonderful postdoctoral fellowship at Brain Imaging Analysis Center at Duke University Medical Center.

When asked about the fellowship, Ashley wrote: “I will be completing this fellowship in order to specialize in neuroimaging techniques to assess relationships between PTSD and neurological health, including traumatic brain injury, in veteran populations. I will also be examining the impact of PTSD on physical health including biomarkers of subclinical disease. Understanding how PTSD may relate to biomarkers such as inflammation will help optimize PTSD treatment to reduce the impact of PTSD on physical health. My primary role as a fellow will be research dissemination, grant writing, as well as developing my own line of research and establish a career as an independent clinical scientist in the fields of neuroscience, trauma and health psychology.”

Congratulations on this amazing fellowship, Ashley! All of us here at TRAPT are so proud of you!

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Jim Scholl Matches to Boston University School of Medicine!

Our very own Jim Scholl is headed to The Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at the Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine for his internship! His training site has a primary mission of training multiculturally oriented psychologists to work with inner-city, low income and racially/ethnically diverse populations. We’re so proud of Jim and despite being sad to see him go this summer, we’ll be excited to see all the great things he accomplishes!

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TRAPT Travels to ISTSS

Members of the TRAPT lab will be attending ISTSS this year in Chicago. We encourage prospective students to seek us out at various events to discuss interests and gain more information about our lab and the University of Tulsa more broadly.

The University of Tulsa will have a table at the graduate school networking fair immediately following the student luncheon on Friday (11/10) from 1:30-3:30 pm in the State Ballroom.

Additionally, we will be at all author-attended poster sessions, with posters at LUN 247, LUN 248, LUN 249, THU 184, THU 269, and FRI 166.

Please come say hello!

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Jess LaPlant to Receive the Fabulous Five Award

Jess LaPlant, one of our amazing undergrads, was recently nominated for and is set to be awarded the Fabulous Five Award by the University of Tulsa Psychology of Department. This award is given to psychology majors who have the potential for making outstanding contributions to the field of psychology. We’re so proud of you, Jess! Congratulations!!

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