CTR - Graduate Training in Trauma Studies
We appreciate your interest in our graduate
student training program. Educating graduate students about trauma and trauma-related
issues is a major goal for the Center for Trauma Recovery (CTR). Dr. Steven Bruce is the director at the CTR and a member of the clinical psychology faculty. Dr. Tara Galovksi is also a member of the clinical psychology facutly and conducts treatment outcome research on PTSD.
Students must first be admitted to the Clinical Psychology
Graduate Program in order to receive
specialized training in trauma therapy or research. Our research training of students at CTR works on a mentorship model. Thus, the most important criterion is that your interests and experience fit closely with a faculty mentor at CTR who is accepting a student in the upcoming year. Successful applicants typically have actual working experience in trauma or anxiety/affective disorders research.
The Center for Trauma Recovery employs cognitive
behavior theory in its approach to therapy. Students at the Center
for Trauma Recovery will be introduced to various cognitive
behavioral techniques for the treatment of trauma and post
traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
First Year Students
First year graduate students receiving an
appointment to the Center for Trauma Recovery are required to work
fifteen hours a week at the Center. These hours are in addition to
any program hours required at Community
Psychological Services as part of the
Clinical Psychology Graduate
Program. Each appointment is for eleven or
The tasks a first year student can expect
- Phone screens for individuals entering either the clinic or
one of the research studies
- Enter and double-check research data from various studies
- Assist with gathering data for psychophysiological research,
including placing data-collecting devices and conducting
- Assist with non-diagnostic clinical interviews
- Opportunities to lecture and mentor undergraduate research
Senior Graduate Students
Specialized training in research, assessment and
therapy is available for senior graduate students accepted for
clerkship positions at the Center for Trauma Recovery. Clerkship
positions are typically twenty hours a week. Each appointment is for
Some of the tasks a senior graduate student may
- See clients for trauma focused therapy through the Center Trauma Clinic. Students can expect to
have two to three clients at a time and will be under the
supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist.
- Students have the opportunity to work with several special
populations: including rape, physical assault, and domestic violence survivors.
- Assist with diagnostic interviewing.
- Do screens for admission to the clinic.
- Help with administration of the clinic.
- Community outreach including talks at local agencies,
participation in rallies such as Take Back the Night, and guest
speaking on local radio shows.
In addition, graduate students are encouraged to
attend the Center's colloquium
series, and may receive training in
conducting cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure, and
stress inoculation in our annual training workshops conducted by the
staff of the Center.
Research Opportunities at the
Multiple opportunities to become involved with
research at various levels from gathering data to co-writing book
chapters and articles. Clinical graduate students may
conduct research for their independent research project (Master's
thesis equivalent), specialty paper, or dissertation under the
supervision of Steven Bruce, Ph.D. or Tara Galovski, Ph.D. Some
of the previous research projects conducted by graduate students are listed
A partial list of graduate student research projects:
- Reduction of Self-Blame in Cognitive Processing Therapy and its Effects on the Accuracy of Traumatic Memory
- Self-Efficacy and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Why do we Blame Victims of Sexual Assault?
- Emotional Response Patterns and Emotional Numbing in Trauma Victims
- The Incidence of Victimization in a Chemically Dependent
- The Effects of Witnessing Parental Violence on Children in
Shelters for Battered Women
- Sexual Coercion and Rape in Dating Relationships
- Reciprocal Attributes Among Men and Women that Facilitates
- Influence of Attributions of Causality, Responsibility, and
Self-Blame on Long-Term Reactions and Recovery from Personal
- Attributions, Depression, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder:
What is the Relationship?
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adolescent Witnesses of
- Coping and Postpartum Depression: An Analysis of Coping and
Depression During Pregnancy and the Puerperium
- Self-Blame in Rape Victims Seeking Treatment: Its Relationship
with Rape Reactions
A number of advanced graduate students have
received research assistantships on projects being conducted at the
Center. The number of assistantships varies as a function of funding
levels on grants and the current assistants' progress in the program.
These assistantships offer experience in the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder and other Axis I disorders and
experience in conducting ongoing research with trauma victims.