The Trauma Research, Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment (TRAPT) lab wants to wish everyone a happy and productive new school year!

First FALL 2015 Lab meeting of the year for TRAPT!

First FALL 2015 Lab meeting of the year for TRAPT!

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TRAPT Members Travel to Toronto, Canada for the APA Conference!

Dr. Joanne Davis, Rachel Micol and Jim Scholl traveled internationally to Toronto, Canada to conduct a day-long continuing education (CE) Workshop at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) on August 8. The workshop, title, “Sleep Strong: Helping Your Client Take Charge of Trauma-Related Nightmares,” provided participants with information on a variety of related topics, and trained participants on Dr. Davis’ nightmare treatment – Exposure, Relaxation, and Rescripting Therapy (ERRT). The workshop was a huge success, and Dr. Davis, Rachel, and Jim enjoyed traveling to Toronto!

To learn more about Dr. Davis’ nightmare treatment, please visit the website: nightmaretreatment.org, or contact tu.nightmarestudy@gmail.com.

Rachel, Dr. Davis, and Jim taking a picture after finishing the 8-hour CE workshop!

Rachel, Dr. Davis, and Jim taking a picture after finishing the 8-hour CE workshop!

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Katherine Miller – RIPPR Award!

Better late than never, right?! TRAPT cannot miss the opportunity to share how proud we are of our very own Katherine Miller. Right now, she is on internship in MN, but just before leaving she received the prestigious Research informed Practice/Practice informed Research (RIPPR) award from the University of Tulsa Psychology Department. This award denotes outstanding achievement in the translation of research to practice and  practice into research respectively. This award is the embodiment of the ideal approach that the clinical psychology program utilizes at the University of Tulsa.

Katherine’s research efforts undoubtedly deserve this recognition. We are so proud of her, and look forward to all she continues to do to bridge psychological research and practice!

Katherine Miller showing her well-deserved award! We miss you, Katherine!

Katherine Miller showing her well-deserved award! We miss you, Katherine!



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Dr. Cranston receives prestigious award!

Dr. Chris Cranston, TRAPT Alum was awarded the C.J. Rosecrans Intern of the Year Award from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Center for Psychiatric Medicine. The award is given to one intern who, “stands out and demonstrated exceptional performance and outstanding promise in the field of clinical psychology.”  Dr. Cranston will continue his training as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins in August.

We are so proud of you, Dr. Cranston!

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TRAPT Undergrads Off to Pursue Post-Undergraduate Work!

TRAPT is so proud to announce that our graduating seniors are off to pursue post-undergraduate work at various locations throughout (and out of) the country! Way to go, ladies!

Patrizia Perazzo Marino

Patrizia has accepted a position to pursue her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Boston College.

Gabriella Pierce

Gabby will be attending medical school. Soon, we will be calling her Dr. Pierce!!

Sonja Worthy

Sonja will be pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Elisabeth Akeman

Elisabeth has been afforded the incredible opportunity to spend the summer in Italy, where she will work for a family to help teach their children English!

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Read about Dr. Davis’ Psychology of Trauma Course!

Check out this fantastic article that describes Dr. Davis’ Psychology of Trauma course, and discusses the incredible impact that this course has on both the TU students who take it, and the community members who benefit from the students’ hard work.


To read more about the community service action projects of previous Psychology of Trauma students, click here.

We are both proud and honored to know such an incredible and inspiring teacher in Dr. Davis! 

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Congratulations class of 2015!

TRAPT sends a huge congratulations to all of those who graduated today!  :lol:

We are especially proud of our UG seniors – Elisabeth Akeman, Gabriella Pierce, Sonja Worthy and Patrizia Perazzo Marino!

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TRAPT Goes to Kansas for SWPA 2015!

Grads Jennifer Steward, Rachel Micol, Jim Scholl and Kelsey Hancock, and undergrad Westley Youngren traveled to Wichita, KS in mid-April for the 2015 Southwestern Psychological Association’s annual conference.

Westley Youngren presented a poster, also authored by lab members Katherine Miller and Jim Scholl, titled Are Sleep Quality and Nightmares related to Difficulties with Emotion Regulation? Wes had some great conversations with individuals at the conference about the importance of sleep. Go, Wes!

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Westley presenting his poster at the annual Southwestern Psychological Association.

Rachel Micol presented a poster, second authored by lab member Katherine Miller, titled Exploring the Impact of the Time to Report on Sexual Violence Victimization. Several individuals stopped by the poster and expressed interest in this very important topic!

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Rachel presents at the annual SWPA meeting.

Jennifer Steward, Kelsey Hancock, Jim Scholl, and Rachel Micol presented a symposium titled, Alright Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Strategies to Reduce Sexual Violence on Campus. The symposium addressed important topics including: definitions, prevalence, causes and consequences of sexual violence on campuses; the role of legislation in response to sexual violence; prevalence of intimate partner violence in specialized student groups; and best practices in sexual assault prevention.

Rachel, Jennifer, Kelsey, and Jim after their symposium at SWPA.

Rachel, Jennifer, Kelsey, and Jim after their symposium at SWPA.

Awesome job representing TRAPT lab, everyone! :)

To read the White House Task For Report on Campus Sexual Assault Programming, visit: https://www.notalone.gov/ and https://www.notalone.gov/assets/report.pdf

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TRAPT sure is getting lucky this year! We are delighted to announce that our very own Ashley Stillman has accepted her offer to continue on to her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology here at the University of Tulsa.

Ashley with her dog, Skitch.

Ashley Stillman with her dog, Skitch.

Ashley joined TRAPT in Fall 2014 as a transfer student from the University of Kansas. She is queen of time management, as she splits her time between TRAPT and the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR). Even with the high demand over the past year, Ashley has flourished, and TRAPT is beyond proud of what she has accomplished. Beyond her productivity, but she has found a home in our TRAPT hearts, and we are SO thrilled that she has chosen to continue her journey with us.

When asked why she chose to stay with TRAPT and TU, Ashley wrote, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to finish my doctoral training at the University of Tulsa! I am confident that the co-mentorship of Dr. Joanne Davis and Dr. Robin Aupperle (Laureate Institute for Brain Research) will foster an unparalleled training experience in trauma and neuroimaging blending my interdisciplinary interests in neuroscience, post traumatic stress disorder and physical health. I am absolutely stoked to join a team of incredibly motivated and supportive graduate students in the TRAPT lab!”

 XOXO! Looking forward to incredible times ahead!

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Welcome to TRAPT, Chelsea!

TRAPT is SO EXCITED to announce that we will welcome Chelsea Cogan to the lab as a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student beginning Fall 2015.

Chelsea Cogan with her OFFICIAL University of Tulsa acceptance letter!

Chelsea Cogan with her OFFICIAL University of Tulsa acceptance letter!

Chelsea currently works at the National Center for PTSD in the Women’s Health Sciences Division and the Behavioral Sciences Division, both of which are housed in the Boston VA. Here, she works on the Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Implementation Program which helps trains clinicians in VAs around the country in CPT and she also works on a large scale (17 site, 900 participant) head to head comparison of Prolonged Exposure (PE) and CPT. Chelsea also organizes the National PTSD Awareness Day for the VA Boston Healthcare System (PHEW, she is a busy gal!).  As if she does not already do enough fantastic work, she is also the student rep for the ISTSS Planning Committee with Dr. Davis.

When asked why she chose TU and the TRAPT lab, Chelsea wrote, “There are so many things that made the program and the TRAPT lab stand head and shoulders above any other program I visited, but I’d have to say that the research being done within the TRAPT lab was extremely exciting to me. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the RCT on CPT and ERRT. I also really enjoyed the company of everyone I met within the lab and could really see myself thriving with such supportive labmates. Additionally, no other mentor I met was as warm and personable as Dr. Davis, I knew she’d be the perfect mentor for what I was looking for out of my graduate school experience.”

Chelsea, we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with you while you were here interviewing, and were are beyond excited for you to join us for more great times, as well as to share in all that you are sure to accomplish! :)

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