TACTS Director - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

TACTS Director

Elana Newman, Ph.D.
R.M. McFarlin Professor of Psychology
The University of Tulsa

Dr. Newman’s major area of work focuses on assessing, understanding, and treating maladaptive responses to traumatic life events. Dr. Newman is the Research Director for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Her work is focused on the intersection of journalism and traumatic stress studies. Projects involve understanding trauma responses among journalists, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); reader response to news; and survivors’ responses to news coverage about them. This is the major focus of her current research (see TED talk).

Currently, Dr. Newman with Dr. Ragsdale (an industrial/organizational psychology faculty member), and their students are working on projects related to mass violence and journalists’ resiliency. She is also creating and maintaining a database for interdisciplinary clinical knowledge on trauma and journalism, and collaborating to create a doctoral level international journalism safety course. In the past, her research has focused on developing methods to measure trauma-related cognitive and affective themes, the assessment and nosology of complex PTSD, a longitudinal study of veterans, substance abuse and trauma, the development of a child interview for post-traumatic stress disorder, health outcomes and PTSD, and the role of PTSD in delinquency assessment and treatment.

Dr. Newman is also a past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2006-2007).

Highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students could be invited to join the lab. Contact the current lab director for an initial interview.

For clinical applicants, Dr. Newman is looking for students (2022-2023) with a focus in: