Research - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences


Current Research


Campus Climate Survey: Surveys are sent out to students, staff, and faculty at The University of Tulsa. Topics on the survey include but are not limited to: sexual violence, intimate partner violence, emotional abuse, general campus climate, and drug/alcohol use. Anyone interested in getting involved can email

Glass Blowing Project: The TACTS lab is involved in a partnership with Tulsa Glassblowing school. The project is collecting outcome data from the school’s veterans’ program to help with grant applications. Anyone interested in joining the glassblowing project can email Amanda at

Pediatric Sleep Assessment Study: This project aims to develop and evaluate the first structured clinical interview instrument to assess DSM-5 sleep disorders in pediatric populations, the SCISD-Kid. We are currently recruiting kids and teens between the ages of 8 and 17 as well as their caregivers to participate in a comprehensive sleep evaluation delivered virtually. There are opportunities to be involved as an assessor. For more information, you can email Mollie at

Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI):  Dr. Davis and an undergraduate research assistant will assist the Tulsa Police Department’s Special Victims’ Unit [TPDSVU] in the development of a database to collect information from sexual assault kits and related cases and will analyze the data to answer questions put forth by the grant team. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact TITAN coordinator at

SHAPE Project: The purpose of this project was to assess the mental health profile of TU student athletes and examine the impact of mental health indicators on various indices of functioning. Data collection is complete, and we continue to publish off of this data. SHAPE continues as a service project to athletics. Anyone interested in getting involved can email Jack at

SPARTA LAB CBT-NC: We are currently recruiting participants for a nightmare trial. This randomized clinical trial evaluates the effectiveness of the treatment for idiopathic as well as trauma-related nightmares in children between the ages of 6-17. CBT-NC is a multisite study, including TITAN, OU Schusterman Psychiatry Clinic, and Positive Changes. If you are interested in getting involved with the study, please contact Elissar at

TACTS lab/Dart lab: International Journalists’ Occupational Experiences Survey: This study is an anonymous, online survey assessing occupational hazards (e.g., trauma exposure, harassment, intimidation, moral injury) and workplace conditions that affect health and occupational performance. Data collection has ended. Two dissertations came from this study and manuscript preparation is in process. There is no current active recruitment for students. For more information about this project, email Amanda at

Time to Report Rape in the Community Survey: Using police report data, we are looking at sexual violence which has been reported in the Tulsa area. It will also help us better understand the amount of time it takes for victims to report an assault. Anyone interested in getting involved can email

TRAPT Lab Nightmare Trials: We are currently recruiting participants for three randomized clinical trials. Our trials are studying the effectiveness of Exposure, Relaxation, Rescripting Therapy (ERRT) for adults who suffer from trauma-related nightmares. We are also examining the relative efficacy of ERRT to other forms of treatment for PTSD and insomnia on outcomes such as nightmares, suicidal ideation, PTSD symptoms, and other symptoms. Anyone interested in getting involved can email

**Research projects page updated 9/14/21**

Research in Action


Undergraduate student, Shianne Andrew, presenting a TITAN poster at the 34th Annual ISTSS Meeting in Washington D.C.Merdijana Kovacevic-poster presentation

Doctoral student, Merdijana Kovacevic, presenting a TITAN poster at the 34th Annual ISTSS Meeting in Washington D.C.

Autumn Slaughter-poster presentation

Doctoral student, Autumn Slaughter, presenting a TITAN poster at the 34th Annual ISTSS Meeting in Washington D.C.

Hannah Cole-poster presentation

Undergraduate student, Hannah Cole, presenting a TITAN poster at the 23rd Annual ISTSS Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Mollie Rischard-poster presentation

Doctoral student, Mollie Rischard, presenting a TITAN Poster at the 33rd Annual ISTSS Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Chelsea Shotwell-Tabke-poster presentation

Doctoral student, Chelsea Shotwell-Tabke, presenting a TITAN poster at the 33rd Annual ISTSS Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Merdijana Kovacevic-poster presentation

Doctoral student, Merdijana Kovacevic, presenting a poster at the ABCT conference in San Diego, California.

Anushka Patel and Merdijana Kovacevic

Doctoral students, Anushka Patel and Merdijana Kovacevic with other discussants presenting a symposium at the ABCT Conference in San Diego, California.

Past Research

Greenwood Programming: TITAN is in discussions with others regarding programming for Greenwood Rising ( the new history center in Greenwood, under construction and due to open late 2021. All the programming would naturally look through the lens of race, racial violence, racial inequities. We have some excellent faculty at TU who are already doing a lot of this work and would love to contribute programming ideas. This is programming that is meant to appeal to a national audience, attract media, possibly bring people to town. As an example, one of the initiatives we know we are pursuing is an art biennial fashioned after the Greenwood Art Project that is scheduled for the Centennial and will surely have a national/international scope.

Strength at Home Program: Project is in the early stage of investigating utilizing the Strength at Home program in the Native American population. If there is interest from the tribes, we will submit a grant proposal to the National Institute of Health Disparities. The program is a 12-week, cognitive-behavioral, trauma-informed group therapy program for individuals who have engaged in recent physical intimate partner violence (IPV). The program addresses social information-processing deficits presumed to increase the risk of IPV. Dr. Taft and the research team are interested in expanding the program beyond military, with another community to implement the program, taking into account generational trauma. Tribal health data indicates the incidence of IPV may be overrepresented in different American Indian tribes. Project went on hold due to COVID-19 community restrictions.

Domestic Violence Intervention Services/ Call Rape (DVIS)
This study is examining readiness to change, emotional intelligence and PTSD symptoms as potential predictors of treatment outcome for perpetrators of domestic violence. The sample consists of offenders attending a 52-week court-mandated treatment program at Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS). This project also includes a follow-up study looking at recidivism rates in participants after completion of the program.

Integrating Sleep and PTSD Treatment: Examining the Role of Emotion Regulation
This study is a randomized control study assessing the integration of treatment for chronic nightmares and sleep problems with evidence-based treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  This study is currently enrolling adult participants.

Efficacy of a Brief Treatment for Nightmares for Children
This study is a pilot study investigating the efficacy of a brief CBT treatment for trauma-related nightmares in children. This is an ongoing study on a treatment for chronic nightmares in children.

Interpersonal Violence Survey
This survey is an anonymous online survey on the experiences of stress and violence of college students on TU’s campus. Specifically, the survey is assessing dating violence, sexual violence, emotional/psychological abuse, sexual harassment, stalking, and rape myth acceptance. Information from this survey will be used to directly inform educational programming on our campus.

Reducing Incarceration of Substance-Abusing Women (WIR)
This project aims to design a meaningful program evaluation for Women in Recovery, a collaborative substance abuse treatment with a trauma component as an alternative to a prison sentence.

Domestic Violence Dangerousness Assessment
This study utilizes an assessment of dangerousness given to domestic violence victims following an incident. The study then looks at whether or not these women were later killed by the perpetrators.

Lethality Assessment from Victim Statements
This study aimed to develop a coding system based on the dangerousness assessment in an attempt to discriminate between DV victim impact statements by women who were later killed by the perpetrator and women who are still living.

Nightmare Themes Study
The Nightmare Themes study was part of a larger study evaluating the efficacy of treatments for trauma-related nightmares. This study utilized the transcriptions of nightmares from participants in a clinical sample of chronic nightmare sufferers and looked at themes within the narratives using qualitative methods.

Oklahoma Community Readiness Training for Military Trauma: Wounded Warriors
A learning community initiative intended to increase the Tulsa community’s knowledge of military culture and to facilitate rapid delivery and sustained use of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in mental health agencies.

Mitigating the Effects of Sexual Assault
This study examined depression, substance use, positive and negative life changes, social support, health, rape attributions, and nightmare-related symptoms in addition to anxiety and posttraumatic stress among sexual assault survivors.  Additionally, this study investigated the utilization of a brief video intervention. Lastly, this study investigated possible relationships between genetic variations and distress via salivary samples.

Coping with Substance Abuse: TWCC
This project examined psychological and social issues in a sample of women in an intensive inpatient treatment for substance abuse. In particular, researchers examined parenting skills, mental health, and readiness to change of women in intensive treatment for substance abuse. This study replicated the Reducing Incarceration of Substance-Abusing Women study but in a one-time design rather than pre/post.

Personality Characteristics, Organizational Structure and Job Satisfaction of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE)
This project was designed to investigate personality characteristics of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) and the organizational structure present in their work environments and which, if either, have an impact on job satisfaction and retention.

Assessment of Mental Health Practices in Oklahoma
This study surveyed mental health professionals in the Tulsa area regarding the treatment of returning veterans. This study aimed to understand the current level of training, common practices, and interest in future education pertaining to this population.

Newspaper Accounts of Domestic Violence Homicides in Oklahoma
This study employed content analysis and examined the way that domestic violence is framed in newspaper accounts of domestic violence homicides in Oklahoma.

SANE Case Tracking
Data from sexual assault cases of adolescents and adults through the case files provided by the Tulsa Police Department [TPD], Tulsa Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner [SANE] Program, and the Oklahoma State Courts Network [OCSN] were collected for cases from 2004.

SANE Framing
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Framing was a qualitative project that analyzed in-depth interviews with SANE directors across the United States.

Dangerousness Assessment
Examined whether higher Danger Assessment (DA) total scores were linked to a higher level of physical harm.

SANE Program Satisfaction (OCAST)
This study assessed the behavioral, emotional, and communicative abilities of nurses using a brief, self-report questionnaire.

GIS Class Project: Mapping (OCAST)
The GIS Class Project examined the geographical and sociodemographics of those who seek forensic physical exams following sexual assault.

Impact of Mass Disaster News Coverage on Adults
This meta-analysis project sought to gather and analyze literature about clinical interventions for PTSD and other mental health outcomes in children exposed to disaster and/or terrorism.

Intervention Outcomes Among Child Disaster Survivors: A Meta-Analysis
This critical review of the current base of research examined the effects of trauma-related news media on adults.