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Labs and Institutes

Students are encouraged to pursue research in collaboration with faculty to develop their skills and gain experience. In our state of the art laboratories and interdisciplinary institutes, psychology faculty conduct research in a wide variety of areas such as personality influences on workplace accomplishment, personality assessment, treatment and prevention of trauma and its effects, reducing the effects of occupational stress and exploring factors that can influence one’s perception of pain. From undergraduates to doctoral students, there is place for you to not only research but also publish your findings. Explore your many research opportunities.

“TITAN is easily the best thing that has happened to me in college. I’ve gotten so much experience that I would have never imagined myself getting as an undergrad.” – Jessica LaPlant, Psychology Sophomore 

The University of Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity, and Injustice (TITAN)

TITAN is an interdisciplinary research institute that engages scholars, scientists, professionals and students. We are a center for foundational knowledge about trauma and adversity that is informed by diverse perspectives. We conduct and support scholarship and research, and we facilitate innovative exchanges across disciplines. We disseminate knowledge through publication, education and consultation. We impact students, scholars, law and policy makers and practitioners.

Students can participate in research projects on an array of topics: chronic nightmares, interpersonal violence, reducing incarceration of substance-abusing women, mental health profile of student athletes and much more. Students share how TITAN has not only shaped their academic interested but also their careers.

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Institute for Biochemical and Psychological Study of Individual Differences

The Institute for Biochemical and Psychological Study of Individual Differences is an interdisciplinary institute that analyzes the structures and signals of the major adaptive emotional systems. We focus on human individual differences in the systems that control the seeking of reward opportunities, the avoidance of dangers, risk-taking, risk analyses, and an individual’s capacity to build realistic cognitive models of external reality.

Meet the Director of IBPID Allan Harkness.

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Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience (PLAN)

Research in the PLAN laboratory broadly spans the area of affective neuroscience with a specific focus on the interface of emotion and pain processing. The laboratory uses a variety of psychophysiological assessment techniques (e.g., electromyography, skin conductance, electrocardiography, electroencephalography) to assess pain, nociceptive responding, and other potentially related reactions (e.g., startle response). The eventual goal of this research is to identify mechanisms that contribute to and/or maintain chronic pain conditions, and to develop non-invasive methods for assessing individuals at risk for developing chronic pain.

Meet the Director of PLAN Jamie Rhudy.

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Personality Assessment Lab

The Personality Assessment Lab is a branch of the Institute for Biochemical and Psychological Study of Individual Differences (IBPID) at TU. Our lab focuses broadly on measurement and application of individual differences, such as our research on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF). Specifically, lab advisors, Drs. Allan Harkness and John McNulty have created a five-factor personality model (known as the Personality Psychopathology Five; PSY-5) using the MMPI-2-RF. More recent projects have focused on applying individual differences science to adaptive psychological systems. Our current focus has been interdisciplinary collaboration on a project using multiple personality measures collected over multiple days to create richly assessed individuals.

Meet the Lab Advisors: John McNulty and Allan Harkness.

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Treatment and Assessment Center for Traumatic Stress (TACTS)

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.

Meet the Director of TACTS Elana Newman.

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Study of the Prevention, Adjustment, and Resilience to Trauma and Adversity Lab (SPARTA)

The SPARTA Lab conducts research that addresses the prevention and treatment of psychological trauma that can be experienced in response to adverse life experiences. Associate Professor of Psychology Lisa Cromer is passionate about social justice and works to build human resilience to adversity in at-risk and disadvantaged populations. Much of Cromer’s prevention work is focused within systems. She has worked with college athletes, first generation college students, trauma-informed schools, students and student athletes transitioning to college and with military families preparing for deployment. Her expertise extends to the prevention of the intergenerational transmission of trauma and fostering healing from historical trauma. Cromer’s work is applied in the sense that she actively works to improve outcomes for the people with whom she works. Her prevention work is based in attachment, self-regulation, and empowerment.

Meet the Director of SPARTA Lisa Cromer.

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The Trauma Research, Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Center (TRAPT)

The Trauma Research, Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Center allows both undergraduate and graduate students to participate in several unique research projects: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, Exposure Relaxation and Rescripting Therapy for Bipolar, Time to Report Rape and many more. Students receive hand-on training in data collection, working within a group and writing for academic publications.

Meet the Director of TRAPT Joanne Davis.

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