Summer 2021 | Vol. 16 No. 2

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Presidential Voice

Tyson Bailey, PsyD, ABPP


Reflecting on the past year brings up a conversation I have with my clients regularly, one that focuses on how terrible our culture is with grief and loss. I often state that we only allow people 37 seconds to grieve in an incredibly narrow set of circumstances.These expectations leave many of the clients who choose to share their stories with a profound sense of “brokenness” because they cannot “just get over” the pain and distress. It has been a consistently novel idea that they are and have been experiencing a persistently activated loss throughout a majority of their time on this planet. While validating, this conversation also brings with it a newly recognized experience of loss—one associated with how many important life events have been impacted by the pain, impaired self-development, and distress that is common in the wake of repeated trauma. Read Full Article

Editor's Note

Viann Nguyen-Feng, PhD, MPH

Dear TPN friends,

THE EDITORIAL TEAM & I WISH YOU THE WARMEST WELCOME to Trauma Psychology News' Summer 2021 issue.

Halfway into 2021, we now sit in this liminal space between pandemic living and the "new normal" that awaits. May this issue remind us that this shifting space is shared. We each carry seemingly antagonistic sentiments, to varying degrees. Hope glimmers alongside the realization that last year—last month, last week—were not too long ago. And for many, the wonderment of reopening and reemergence occurs with fear; there is the anxiety of reentering a space in which we were unwelcome in the very first place. As we look forward, we must not forget the stories and histories laid before us. Read Full Article

Feature Article

Complex Trauma, Complex PTSD, and Resiliency

Fabiana Franco, PhD

TRAUMAS DEVELOPED AND TRANSMITTED in the family have particularly profound effects when they involve a dependent infant or child (Isobel et al., 2019). Understanding the pathways between childhood trauma and negative mental health consequences in adulthood, as well as the interplay between the early traumatic experiences and the family environment in childhood can help mental health professionals to provide effective trauma-informed care. Read Full Review


Charles R. Figley, PhD

What is your current occupation?

Tulane University hosted my appointment ceremony when I became the first Distinguished Chair` and Professor of Disaster Mental Health in 2008. Since that time, I have directed the Tulane Traumatology Institute in the School of Social Work. This led to my serving as co-founder and member of the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy faculty. I am also the founding member and initial program director of the City, Culture, and Community PhD Program.

I will now loosen up my tie, and savor the comfort of my home office from which I’ve “Zoomed” since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.


`Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health granted by the Tulane University faculty. Read Full Article

International Section

APA international stipend AWARDEES

Elizabeth Carll, PhD


Division 56 provides an annual $1,000 travel stipend for international students who are citizens of developing countries to attend the APA Convention. The award is a project of the International Committee with a subcommittee determining a recipient who is (a) enrolled in a graduate psychology program and (b) has a trauma-related poster / paper accepted or is a panel / symposium participant at the convention. The convention is virtual this year and travel will not take place, yet support for international students from developing countries engaged in trauma-related research and activities is important to continue, especially given the challenges resulting from the pandemic. Therefore, it was decided that the stipend will be awarded for the virtual presentation at the 2021 APA Convention. Read Full Article.



Military & Veterans Section

Community Reintegration of Veterans in a Pandemic Environment

Teresa Ann Grenawalt, PhD, CRC & Emre Umucu, PhD, Section Editor

TRANSITIONING FROM THE STRUCTURED MILITARY SERVICE to a less regimented civilian lifestyle may cause psychosocial readjustment issues for service members and veterans (Sayer et al., 2014). While survivorship rates have increased compared to earlier conflicts, this is not without physical and psychological consequences (Tanielian et al., 2016) that undoubtedly affect reintegration into their communities. The combination of improved body armor and advancements in medical care in combat, many surviving veterans seek disability benefits for physical injuries and the “invisible’ wounds of war” (Resnik et al., 2012, p. 2). For instance, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common military service-related health concerns (US Department of Veteran Affairs [VA], 2021). As wounded warriors separate from the military, they are faced with the challenges of processing their combat experiences, psychosocial adjustment to disability, and entering community life. Full Article

Multicultural & Diversity

Institute for Disaster Mental Health

Lessons from 20 Years of Disaster Mental Health

Amy Nitza, PhD LMHC & Andrew O'Meara

THE INSTITUTE FOR DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH (IDMH) provides lessons from two decades of disaster response. IDMH was founded shortly after the events of September 11, 2001, at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz to support the ongoing mental health and disaster response needs of the World Trade Center attacks. Through seeking to address the diversity of disaster mental health demands in the region, state, nation, and the global community, all those impacted by disaster and trauma may have access to the mental health support they need. To accomplish this goal, leadership advances the field of disaster mental health and trauma response through training, research, consultation, and service. By working to establish and disseminate best practices, we can ensure that disaster mental health services are evidence-supported and culturally sensitive. Full Article

Student Section

Racial Trauma: Definition, Impact, and Culturally Grounded Intervention

John Samuels, MA

RACIAL TRAUMA REFERS TO the stressful reactions of Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) individuals to dangerous experiences of racial discrimination (Comas-Díaz et al., 2019). Racial trauma can be defined in emotional, physical, interpersonal, and institutional terms, reflecting the multiple contexts wherein racism manifests, and the myriad harms it engenders (Bryant-Davis, 2007). A number of researchers have investigated the deleterious effects of racial trauma on mental and physical wellbeing, even developing specialized trauma screens (Geller et al., 2014; Williams et al., 2018). Clinical interventions targeting racial trauma have also been developed, but research on these interventions is limited (Comas-Díaz et al., 2019). This article will discuss several types of racial trauma and review literature on their psychological impact, concluding with a discussion of extant interventions for racial trauma that demonstrate the importance of cultural responsivity to efficacious service delivery.Full Article

Fellows Section

Initial Fellows Applications Due October 1, 2021

Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, Section Editor

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 above Division 56 Fellow criteria. We also ask for one (1) letter of recommendation from a current Division 56 Fellow (listed on our website; and a CV.


Please submit these materials directly by email. We accept these applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. 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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