TRAPT Alum, Noelle Balliet, Ph.D., along with current lab member, Katherine Miller, M.A., and lab director, Joanne Davis, Ph.D. recently published an article titled, Efficacy of a Brief Treatment for Nightmares and Sleep Disturbances for Veterans. This article describes the findings of a pilot study, which evaluated the efficacy of Exposure, Relaxation, and Rescripting therapy for the Military (ERRT-M) in improving sleep quality and quantity and reducing nightmares, symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, and depression in a trauma-exposed, Veteran sample. Results of this pilot study suggest that directly targeting sleep and nightmares is successful in alleviating sleep disturbances and related psychopathology in some Veterans.
To read the full article, please visit: http://orgs.utulsa.edu/trapt/errt/?p=170, and click on the link (BalliettDavisMiller.2015) to the retrieve the PDF version.
In a previous post, we shared with everyone our very own Westley Youngren was selected for a prestigious SLEEP FOR SCIENCE apprenticeship at the E.P. Bradley Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School! He traveled to Rhode Island for several months over the summer and served as a research assistant conducting data collection (such as polysomnographic [PSG] recording), data reduction and data entry. While there, he learned a TON about SLEEP! When he returned, he shared some of what he learned with lab members in two separate presentations. The first dealt with sleep and its relationship to emotion regulation, and the second provided lab members with a fantastic overview of sleep and sleep architecture.
Wes teaches the lab about sleep and emotion regulation!
Given how much our lab’s research focuses on sleep, it was wonderful for one of our very own lab members to share such valuable information with everyone in the lab. Way to go, Wes! Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge with us! #SleepStrong
October 6 marked this Dr. Davis Appreciation Day, and TRAPT members celebrated her with yummy goodies and fun times! Each year, TRAPT sets out to let Dr. Davis know how much she is valued and cherished as the incredible leader she most certainly is to each and every lab member!
Each year, TRAPT members seek to celebrate and thank Dr. Davis for all of her hard work and support.
We cannot wait until next year! Thank you, Dr. Davis, for all you have done, continue to do every day, and are certain to do in the future – your unwavering support, brilliance, and passion is the platform upon which we all stand!
-LOVE, TRAPT Grads and Undergrads
It is NEVER too late to congratulate one of our very own on an incredible accomplishment. Jennifer Steward, a fifth year doctoral student in the TRAPT lab, successfully proposed her dissertation over the summer. TRAPT is so proud of Jenn, and are very excited for her research!
Jennifer Steward just after successfully proposing her dissertation!
Jenn’s dissertation, titled, “Building Upon Bystander Intervention: A Multi-Component Prevention Programming Approach For University Sorority Members,” will evaluate two separate programs aimed at reducing sexual violence on college campus by engaging students as prosocial bystanders and building conceptualizations of healthy romantic relationships in college. The programs, as well as pre-post assessments will be conducted with five separate sorority organizations, with the overall goal of determining whether or not there is an additive effect for students by doing both programs together.
Join TRAPT in congratulating Jenn, and her incredible research!
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!
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 email@example.com.
Rachel, Dr. Davis, and Jim taking a picture after finishing the 8-hour CE workshop!
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!
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!
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.
Gabby will be attending medical school. Soon, we will be calling her Dr. Pierce!!
Sonja will be pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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!
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!