TRAPT GRAD ACCEPTED TO Ph.D. PROGRAM!

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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TRAPT UG Receives Distinguished SLEEP FOR SCIENCE Apprenticeship!

Wes_AwardTRAPT’s very own UG Westley Youngren (is there anything he cannot do?!) was accepted to the Sleep For Science  Apprenticeship program at the E.P. Bradley Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School in Rhode Island! Sleep for Science is a an esteemed sleep research lab that focuses on the examination of sleep patterns, circadian rhythms, and related processes in adolescents and young adults. Visit their website: http://www.sleepforscience.org/.

During the summer, the program brings adolescent participants into the lab for thorough examination of sleep and circadian rhythm control mechanisms, including how these processes relate to food intake. As an apprentice, Wes will travel to Brown for several months this summer to work on this project conducting data collection (such as polysomnographic [PSG] recording), data reduction and data entry.  For more information about this INCREDIBLE apprenticeship, and to read about what Wes will do this summer, visit http://www.sleepforscience.org/academic/apprenticeship.php#Learn.

We are so very proud of you, Wes! We cannot wait to hear all about your experience, and all that you are sure to learn. Go, Wes, Go!

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Three TRAPT members star in VAGINA MONOLOGUES!

TRAPT is very proud of lab members Kelsey Hancock, Sonja Worthy and Destinee Yandell for their INCREDIBLE, awe-inspiring performances at the Vagina Monologues that took place at TU on Friday, February 27. TRAPT would also like to commend Abby Meadors and Hayley Higgs, students in Dr. Davis’ Psychology of Trauma course, for pulling the performance together in just a few short weeks! It was amazing!

“The Vagina Monologues” is a series of monologues based on Eve Ensler’s interviews with women from around the world on relationships, sex, violence against women and the perception of vaginas (http://www.eveensler.org/plays/the-vagina-monologues/). V-Day is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to putting an end to violence against women and girls around the world. This year, 90 percent of the proceeds from the TU Vagina Monologues tickets benefited DVIS/Call Rape (http://dvis.org/) – a local non-profit agency dedicated to providing comprehensive services to those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.

TRAPT could not be prouder of these ladies for helping to raise awareness for such an important cause! You all are truly super stars

Destinee performs, 'My Short Skirt,' at the TU production of the Vagina Monologues. Our favorite line, "My short skirt is NOT ABOUT YOU!"

Destinee performs, ‘My Short Skirt,’ at the TU production of the Vagina Monologues. Our favorite line, “My short skirt is NOT ABOUT YOU!”

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TRAPT member receives post-doctoral fellowship!

P3-1We have yet MORE exciting news to share! Our very own Christopher Cranston received a post-doctoral fellowship, and will complete his neuropsychology residency at none other than the prestigious John’s Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, MD. TRAPT is so proud of all of Chris’s incredible accomplishments, and wish him luck as he embarks on this exciting new journey! You never cease to amaze us, Chris!

Johns Hopkins

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Congrats to two fabulous lab members on their clinical internships!

TRAPT is proud to share that two of its members, Katherine Miller and Katherine Cunningham, successfully matched for their clinical internships! Clinical internships are a program requirement for clinical psychology doctoral students to receive their Ph.D. While on internship, doctoral students receive high-quality training in clinical practice and specialties. (For more information: http://www.apa.org/education/grad/internship.aspx.) So, while the lab is sad that this means the two ladies will be leaving Tulsa come summertime – we are also very happy for the opportunities that are sure to lie ahead for these two wonderful people!

K-Miller PhotoKatherine Miller will be returning to her home in Minnesota and completing her internship at the Minneapolis VA.

 

 

 

kccKatherine Cunningham will be traveling back to the East Coast to complete her internship at the Baltimore VA.

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS, KATHERINE & KATHERINE! THE LAB IS SO PROUD OF YOU BOTH!

TRAPT Lab Grads & Dr. Davis celebrating Katherine and Katherine on MATCH DAY! :)

TRAPT Lab Grads & Dr. Davis celebrating Katherine and Katherine at McNellie’s on MATCH DAY! :)

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Happy New Year!

From our lab to all of you – sending wishes for a happy,  and prolific year! :-)

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TRAPT members and their family flaunt their best holiday sweaters at the annual TRAPT holiday party 2014!

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TRAPT members present at OPA 2014 at the Tulsa Zoo!

TRAPT members are super busy this fall semester! Graduate lab member Ashley Stillman and Undergraduate lab member Westley Youngren both presented at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Psychological Association (OPA) at none other than the Tulsa Zoo! In between saying hello to the zoo critters, Ashley delivered an oral presentation titled, ‘The Heart of a Soldier: Relationships between Combat, PTSD, Autonomic Function and Cardiovascular Disease,’ and Westley presented his poster titled, ‘Exploring the Relationships between Sleep Quality and Work Outcomes.’  Way to go, Ashley and Wes!

Westley Youngren presenting his poster, 'Exploring the Relationships between Sleep Quality and Work Outcomes,' at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Psychological Association (OPA).

Westley Youngren presenting his poster, ‘Exploring the Relationships between Sleep Quality and Work Outcomes,’ at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Psychological Association (OPA).

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And the 2014-2015 Outstanding Junior Award goes to…

Wes_AwardOur very own Westley Youngren! How lucky are we to have you as part of the TRAPT lab?! (The answer: VERY!) The Outstanding Junior Award is given to the junior psychology major who excels in multiple areas including coursework, departmental involvement, research productivity, and community service. This is a very well-deserved award for Wes! He will be honored for his incredible accomplishments on December 9 at the Undergraduate Awards Breakfast. We are so proud of you, Westley!

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TRAPT Goes to MIAMI for ISTSS 2014!

Dr. Davis and Katherine Miller traveled to Miami for the annual International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) conference. Dr. Davis was named to the ISTSS board of directors. This is a HUGE accomplishment, and the lab is so proud of her! Katherine Miller presented two posters (talk about impressive!). One of her posters examined the differences in level of believability between medical condition and childhood interpersonal violence disclosures.  The other poster examined nightmare treatment outcome differences among participants with and without childhood trauma histories.   Well done, Katherine and Dr. Davis! 

Dr. Davis made sure to take a few minutes out of her busy conference schedule to dip her toes in the beautiful ocean while in Miami for the ISTSS conference!

Dr. Davis made sure to take a few minutes out of her busy conference schedule to dip her toes in the beautiful ocean while in Miami for the ISTSS conference!

Who says conferences have to be all about work? Dr. Davis and several TRAPT members both past and present took time to catch up at Bayfont Park!

Who says conferences have to be all about work? Dr. Davis and several TRAPT members, both past and present, took time to catch up at Bayfont Park!

Lab member Katherine Miller demonstrated her openness to try any food once when she (quite literally) ate a glass of fish! Yummm...

Lab member Katherine Miller demonstrated her openness to try any food once when she (quite literally) ate a glass of fish while in Miami for the ISTSS conference! Yummm…

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