Elana Newman, Ph.D., established the Center in Fall of 2002, although it has been operating loosely since September 1996. The Center’s mission as well as previous, current, and future projects are outlined below. Students at the Center have presented at local and national conferences, won awards for scholarship, and co-authored publications.
Substance abuse and trauma among emergency rescue workers, minorities, battered women, and college students; participants’ responses to trauma-related research; ethical conduct of trauma research; disaster mental health; trauma-informed interventions; evaluation of adolescent mental health programs in partnership with Center for Community Research and Development; cultural idioms of distress and PTSD in India; and prenatal exposure to methamphetamine.
Effectiveness of training for journalists, educational needs of journalists, PTSD, moral injury and occupational dysfunction among journalists, harassment of journalists, and disaster mental health.
Dr. Newman continues to work on issues related to trauma-informed interventions for individuals and organizations, ethics and trauma research, and disaster mental health projects. Some of this work continues to involve students.
Dr. Newman continues to have interests in ethics of trauma, trauma-focused interventions, and mass disaster but the TACTS lab is moving toward a specialty in understanding various aspects of trauma and journalism. Specifically, lab members are examining PTSD and resilience among journalists, workplace issues for journalists, the impact of trauma-related news on sources, harassment of journalists, trauma and safety training needs and effectiveness, and other related topics. Further, we are developing methods to assess the impact of trauma news on consumers
The mission of the Center is to conduct research on the assessment, treatment, and prevention of the subsequent effects of traumatic stress injury. Besides research, members are involved in educating the community on issues regarding trauma and mental health. The lab values and endorses high ethical integrity and the need to combine scholarship with practice.
TACTS Lab at TU
Treatment and Assessment Center for Traumatic Stress
Psychology Lab at The University of Tulsa
800 S Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104