Jim Scholl receives prestigious Schweitzer Fellowship!

The U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program immerses students in an experiential learning process designed to develop and sharpen the skills and abilities necessary to become lifelong Leaders in Service: individuals who are dedicated to and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved populations, and whose example influences and inspires others.

James Scholl is addressing the lack of integrated care for the medical and behavioral health concerns of underserved patients with complex biopsychosocial needs residing in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood and surrounding areas.  James is facilitating the integration of services and communication between Community Health Connection and the University of Tulsa True Blue Neighbors Behavioral Health Clinic. An integrated system of care would allow for increased health outcomes for at risk populations. He is attempting to create a model of holistic care, while providing a key educational component for trainees from a variety of clinical backgrounds.

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Ashley Clausen successfully proposes her dissertation!

One of our wonderful grad students, Ashley Clausen, successfully proposed her dissertation in the spring. It’s entitled: “Neural correlates of cardiovascular health in combat veterans”. We’re so proud of her and can’t wait to hear the results of her study!

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Rachel Micol Successfully Proposed Her Dissertation!

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Better late than never, but our very own Rachel Micol successfully proposed her dissertation: “Predicting Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in U.S. Military Service Members”. She is currently collecting data. If you know of anyone (or you yourself) are interested in participating, please go here. Congratulations on proposing, Rachel!

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K.Miller accepts post-doc at the National Center for PTSD in Palo Alto!

Our very own Katherine Miller accepted a prestigious post-doctoral position at the National Center for PTSD in Palo Alto. It is a full time two-year postdoctoral VA/Stanford Advanced Fellowship position in Mental Health Research and Treatment based at the National Center for PTSD in Palo Alto, CA.  Katherine will be working with a team of mentors from the VA and Stanford on a variety of projects surrounding trauma-related nightmares and other sleep disturbances, as well as entering the world of technology with smart-phone interventions.  She hopes to continue to publish and present findings, and prepare applications to funding agencies for research support.

Katherine will begin her post-doc this year after she finishes up her internship with the Minneapolis VA in Minnesota.

Katherine, you are truly a wonderful scholar and clinician, and the lab is SO PROUD of you! We are so excited to see all that you will do in this new post-doc position! Way to go!!

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TRAPT member accepts post-doctoral research fellowship at the Durham VA!

TRAPT is SO PROUD to announce that our very own Katherine Cunningham recently accepted a post-doctoral research fellowship with the Durham VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC; for more information click here). The MIRECC focuses on post-deployment mental health, and Katherine will focus on  posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for the duration of her fellowship.

Katherine will begin her post-doc this year after she finishes up her internship with the Baltimore VA in Maryland.

Congratulations, Katherine – you continue to demonstrate what an incredible scientist-practitioner you are with each success!

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TRAPT travels to New Orleans for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) conference!

Several TRAPT members traveled to New Orleans, LA in early November to attend this years annual International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) conference. The ISTSS conference represents a unique opportunity to learn about the latest in traumatic stress research, and clinical insights, as well as to attend workshops and network with colleagues and leaders in the field. This year’s conference theme was, “Back to Basics: Integrating Clinical and Scientific Knowledge to Advance the Field of Trauma.”

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TRAPT and honorary TRAPT members attend the ISTSS conference. From left to right: Jennifer Steward, Jim Scholl, Rachel Micol, Susan Drevo and Chelsea Shotwell-Tabke.

Several TRAPT members presented posters sessions on their current research. This was a great opportunity to spread the word about the work going on here in TRAPT! Learn more about the presentations below.

Katherine Miller presented findings from her dissertation, which was a case study examining the efficacy of Dr. Davis’ Exposure, Relaxation and Rescripting Therapy (ERRT) in individuals currently diagnosed with Bipolar disorder (B-ERRT). Katherine is currently on her internship at the Minneapolis VA, and lab members were very excited to spend time with her during the conference!

Katherine Miller presents at the ISTSS conference in NOLA.

Katherine Miller presents data form her dissertation at the ISTSS conference in NOLA.

Rachel Micol and Jennifer Steward presented their poster, “Dating Violence in Sexual Minority Students,” which explored unique tactics of dating violence in the context of sexual minority partnerships.

Rachel Micol and Jennifer Steward next to their ISTSS poster in NOLA.

Rachel Micol and Jennifer Steward next to their ISTSS poster in NOLA.

Ashley Stillman and Kelsey Hancock’s poster titled, “Stalking and PTSD in College Students,” examined the extent to which stalking experiences is related to PTSD symptomology in college students.

Kelsey presented she and Ashley's poster at the 2015 ISTSS conference in NOLA.

Kelsey presented she and Ashley’s poster at the 2015 ISTSS conference in NOLA.

In addition to their work in the TRAPT lab, Westley Youngren and Ashley Stillman spend time working at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR). They presented on data from their work at LIBR examining the ways in which sleep quality moderates the relationship between combat exposure and PTSD.

Westley presents he and Ashley's poster at the annual ISTSS conference.

Westley presents he and Ashley’s poster from their LIBR data at the annual ISTSS conference in New Orleans.

TRAPT is very proud of the hard work of both graduate and undergraduate lab members. For more information, or to learn more about the research TRAPT is currently conducting, please check out our “Current Projects” page or contact rachel-micol@utulsa.edu. Links to handouts for these posters will be located on our “Presentations” page. Thank you for stopping by our website!

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Check out this recent publication: Efficacy of a Brief Treatment for Nightmares and Sleep Disturbances for Veterans

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.

Sleep strong!

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Westley Youngren educates the lab about SLEEP!

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!

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

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Dr. Davis Appreciation Day – 2015!

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.

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

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Newest TRAPT Doctoral Candidate – Jennifer Steward!

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!

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! 

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