Fall 2021 | Vol. 16 No. 3

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Presidential Voice

Tyson Bailey, PsyD, ABPP

AS 2021 BEGINS TO WIND DOWN, I have been focusing on recognizing gratitude as much as possible. Fall and winter are frequently a time of significant difficulties for those who share their stories in therapy, as there is a constant pull between what this time of the year is “supposed” to represent and the realities clients have faced, particularly when they think those experiences are their fault. The holidays and moments where spending Read Full Article

Editor's Note

Viann Nguyen-Feng, PhD, MPH

Dear TPN friends,

THE EDITORIAL TEAM & I WISH YOU A FRESH WELCOME to the Trauma Psychology News Fall 2021 issue.

As the foliage changes color in the Northern Hemisphere, we are reminded of the now-gone green leaves as well as the winter season ahead. May we honor the joy and life within each fallen leaf while acknowledging the opportunities for change that lie before us. This brings us to our first themed TPN issue, Honoring the past: Where we've been and where we need to go.

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Feature Article

Lessons Learned from Ground Zero

James Halpern, PhD

EVERYONE HAS A 9/11 STORY, where they were, who they knew, what they thought. On September 11, 2021, I led the first American Red Cross mental health team to Ground Zero looking for “walking wounded.” On September 12, I began a week-long assignment managing the Missing Persons Hotline. Over the next few weeks, I escorted family members of first responders to Ground Zero as they looked over the site to see where their loved ones perished. For the next year, I supported memorials, funerals, counseled survivors, first responders, reporters, government officials, and clergy who worked at the site. Most of us who responded were shocked, confused, disoriented, vicariously traumatized, and because there was so little research and guidance, I went on to found the Institute of Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz; write, train, and present on Disaster Mental Health locally, nationally and internationally; and coauthor three textbooks on disaster mental health. I continue to serve as a Red Cross volunteer and member of the Board of Directors of the Hudson Valley Chapter, planning for and responding to COVID and other disasters. Read Full Review


Oyenike Balogun-Mwangi, PhD

What led you to this field and career path?

While I was not at all considering psychology as a career path, I made the switch after taking an introductory psychology elective as a senior in high school. I was transfixed by one assignment in particular—applying psychological theories/concepts to characters in the film Ordinary People. This one class changed my trajectory, and I haven’t looked back. Read Full Article

International Section

APA International Stipend AWARDEES

Elizabeth Carll, PhD

AS THE 2021 AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CONVENTION was virtual this year and travel did not take place, it was recognized that support for international students from developing countries, engaged in trauma-related research and activities was important to continue, especially given the challenges occurring as a result of the pandemic. Therefore, it was decided to award the travel stipend for virtual presentations at the 2021 APA Convention to help support students from developing countries.

Division 56 has been providing an annual travel stipend of $1,000 for international students who are citizens of developing countries to attend the APA Convention. The annual stipend is a project of the International Committee with a subcommittee determining the recipient(s) who is enrolled in a graduate psychology program and has a trauma-related poster or paper accepted or is a participant in a panel/symposium at the convention.

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Military & Veterans Section

The Aftermath of 9/11 for Families of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

Charles Edmund Degeneffe, PhD, MSSW, CRC & Emre Umucu, PhD, Section Editor

SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 MARKS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY of acts of terrorism against the United States at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the fields of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In response, the United States and its allies engaged in the Global War on Terrorism, with military operations focused on Afghanistan (Enduring Freedom, Freedom Sentinel) and Iraq (Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Inherent Resolve). Across these operations, as of September 6, 2021, a total of 7,053 US service members have been killed in action (US Department of Defense, 2021). With the departure of the last remaining troops from the Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 30, 2021, all military operations in Afghanistan ended.  Full Article

Multicultural & Diversity

Behind the Cover Art and the Emergence of Two Cedars

Leila Johnson & Roy Henry Vickers

The Fall 2021 cover image of Trauma Psychology News features Roy Henry Vickers' Nisg̱a’a Mountain, artwork of a Lax̱g̱altsʼap Community member in a mountain form with Northern Canada mountains behind her. The woman participated in a trauma workshop held by Leila Johnson.

HOW CAN MOVEMENT HELP HEAL intergenerational trauma or traumatic stress? When we are free to make choices based on how we feel in the present moment, we help heal the mind-body experience. Therefore, two of the most powerful questions we can ask ourselves in a trauma-informed practice are:

  • What am I noticing in my body?
  • What do I want to do about that?

Here begins the story of Two Cedars, Roy Henry Vickers' trauma-sensitive yoga art project aiming to represent actual Community and promote inclusion of all body types. Full Article

Member Section

Cyber Harassment in the Academy

Heather Littleton, PhD & Amie Grills, PhD

UNFORTUNATELY, BEING THE TARGET OF CYBER HARASSMENT is an extremely common experience among academics, particularly among those who are members of marginalized and minoritized groups. As trauma researchers and clinicians, we are uniquely situated to advocate for better protections and support for those targeted by cyber harassment within the academy. We hope that by highlighting this issue and sharing our own experiences with cyber harassment, we can help destigmatize this experience and increase awareness regarding the potential long-term impacts of these experiences. Full Article

Student Section

Addressing Trauma in Asian Americans

A Call to Action for Dissemination & Implementation Science

Wendy Chu, BA & Andrea Chi Ern Ng, BA

ASIAN AMERICANS ARE THE MOST DIVERSE and fastest growing ethnic group in the United States (Sue et al., 2021). However, issues affecting Asian Americans remain invisible due to cultural phenomena such as the model minority myth that assumes Asian Americans are universally high-achieving and successful (Yip et al., 2021). This has consequently diverted attention from the mental health needs of Asian Americans. Anti-Asian racism increased drastically during the COVID-19 pandemic as Stop AAPI Hate (2021) found a 153% increase in hate incident reports from March 2020 to March 2021. This spur in racial violence further exacerbates existing mental health disparities (Wu et al., 2021). Thus, it is both crucial and timely to advance our ability to address and understand trauma in Asian Americans. Full Article

Early Career Professionals Section

Call for Papers

Shavonne Moore-Lobban, PhD Section Editor

Are you interested in submitting a paper to Trauma Psychology News?

Do you want to share information that would be helpful to early career psychologists?

Then this call is for you!

Trauma Psychology News (TPN) is thrilled to extend the invitation for papers within our Early Career Psychologists (ECP) Section. The editorial team welcomes papers that are focused on information relevant to ECPs, and of course, that are aligned with the mission of TPN. We encourage submissions that are from ECPs, or other colleagues who are writing about topics that are especially relevant to ECPs.

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We encourage all who are interested and qualified to apply! Although self-nominations are welcome, if you know of someone who qualifies for Fellow status please encourage them to apply. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process please feel free to contact me directly.

Fellows Section

Become a DIV56 Fellow

Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, PhD Section Editor

There are two types of Fellows applications:

(1) INITIAL FELLOWS. APA members who are not Fellows of any division must meet APA Initial Fellow criteria, apply for Fellow status according to APA procedures, and complete forms via the APA application portal. In addition to meeting APA Fellow criteria, applicants must meet two or more of the specific Division 56 Fellow criteria.

(2) CURRENT FELLOWS. If you are a current Fellow in another APA division, we ask that you write a letter describing how your work meets the Division 56 Fellow criteria. We also ask for one letter of recommendation from a current Division 56 Fellow (listed on our website); and a CV. Full Article.


We encourage all who are interested and qualified to apply! Although self-nominations are welcome, if you know of someone who qualifies for Fellow status please encourage them to apply. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process please feel free to contact me directly.

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Book Reviews, Resources, Media, & More

Book Review

Gold, S. N. (2020).

Contextual trauma therapy: Overcoming traumatization and reaching full potential

Review by Bianca Harper, DSW, LCSW, Arizona State University

While the assessment and treatment of complex trauma has been examined in a variety of academic and practice settings, there exists an ongoing need to evaluate and enhance current practices by utilizing the lived experiences of complex trauma survivors. These nuanced experiences assist researchers and clinicians in better understanding the myriad ways that complex trauma impacts the lives of survivors and informs best practices to foster healing. In Contextual Trauma Therapy (CTT), Gold provides a unique contextual lens that is critical to understanding the multifaceted ways development is disrupted by complex trauma and strategies to help complex trauma survivors resolve trauma and enhance overall well-being. Read Full Article.