Culture and Trauma Research Lab

The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) Culture and Trauma Research Lab meets weekly to conduct qualitative and quantitative research on the cultural context of interpersonal trauma recovery.  Projects, including critical analyses of the literature, focus on partner abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, genocide, and the societal trauma of racism. Current populations of interest are American Indian, African American, Latina, Asian American, Jewish American, Liberian, and South African. The lab has also examined the role of religion and spirituality in the trauma recovery process. 

The lab is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pepperdine University Faculty Scholars Grant. Findings from the Culture and Trauma Lab have been presented at the annual conventions of the American Psychological Association, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Association of Women in Psychology, the National Summit on Interpersonal Violence, the National Scientific Meeting on Sexual Assault, and the Multicultural Summit. 

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis serves as the director if you would like more information.

Brenda PerezBrenda Perez, Research Assistant

Elizabeth BurkeElizabeth Burke, Research Assistant

Kimberly SmithKimberly Smith, Research Assistant

Shaquita TillmanShaquita Tillman, Research Assistant

Nathan MoonNathan Moon, Research Assistant

Monica EllisMonica Ellis, Research Assistant

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