Kellie is interested in the ways dissociation manifests from chronic and complex trauma, and how it can be identified through psychophysiological measures. In particular, she addresses trauma from a feminist lens, identifying notions of choice and control, or lack thereof, in regards to reproductive and obstetric health. In addition, she is also curious about the cognitive and social mechanisms underlying cooperation and prosociality among inter- and intra-group relations, specifically attending to aspects of decision-making, risk assessment and altruistic tendencies. In her free time, Kellie enjoys reading about, cooking and eating food, and taking long nature walks.
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Gabriella’s research interests include psychophysiology, and culturally sensitive treatments for underserved populations in regards to trauma and substance abuse. Her past experience includes working as a clinical research interviewer on a research study of genetic and trauma-related risk factors for posttraumatic stress disorder in a highly traumatized, low socioeconomic status, African American, urban population. Additionally, she worked as a neurophysiology research assistant to assess fear-related physiology for the longitudinal study: Trauma Exposure and Stress Response in Mothers and Their Children - Mechanisms of Intergenerational Impact of Maternal Trauma.
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Wesley's primary research interest is examining factors that contribute to the development of self-injurious behavior. Specifically, she is interested in examining the relationship between self-compassion and pain perception in the context of trauma. Her past experiences include working in the Aggression Lab of Gettysburg College examining the appraisal and decision processes in the General Aggression Model. She also has experience conducting diagnostic interviews for Gettysburg College's Personality Lab.
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Brandon is a second year MA student. His research interests include the impact of trauma on emotional well-being, as well as the development of a sense of self and the ability to be intrinsically motivated. He is particularly interested in emotional trauma's relationship to the ability to experience complete immersion and absorption in a variety of situations, in other words, the ability of those who have experienced trauma to experience "flow states". He is also interested in exploring the psychophysiological traits associated with resilience as well as the implications of using dissociation as a copy strategy, and predictive factors of positive change in trauma survivors following treatment.
Lina is a fourth-year undergraduate and first-year MA psychology student in the BA/MA dual degree program for psychology with a concentration in substance abuse counselling. She hopes to fulfill her dream of treating substance abuse disorders through a harm reduction oriented scope and integrating a trauma-centered lens through research. Lina has maintained her status as Dean's List recipient and awardee throughout her educational career, and is very excited to be part of the lab.
Prescilla's primary research is in investigating the cognitive, psychological, social and biological factors that influence and maintain trauma stress responses. She is interested in understanding the relationship between childhood trauma and attachment styles, and exploring potential neural markers for risk and resilience to PTSD. In addition to this, Prescilla is also interested in exploring the mechanisms involved in the learning and unlearning of trauma responses and understanding how the emotional significance of stimuli play a role in fear acquisition and extinction processes of learned fear. She believes that clinical practice with populations vulnerable to trauma stress can be significantly improved with better understanding of how specific cues impact the learning and unlearning of fear as well as the biomarkers for risk and resilience to PTSD.
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Jacqueline is primarily interested in the way complex trauma manifests in somatic symptoms, and ways in which interoceptive awareness can mitigate the effect. In addition, she is also interested in how culture can affect trauma symptom presentation. Her past experience include working as a research assistant at the Brain Injury Research Center and the Spinal Cord Injury Center at Mount Sinai.