Research Interest Groups (RIGs)

Research Interest Groups (RIGs)

The Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience, in collaboration with our Affiliates, invites you to participate in the following Research Interest Groups. Meeting dates and times will be posted in the Events section of our website.

 

Alternative, Complementary, and Nature-Based Trauma Therapies

In addition to psychotherapy, EMDR, or pharmaceutical treatments commonly provided in response to PTSD, many trauma survivors also pursue alternative, complementary, or nature-based therapies in response to symptoms. Alternative treatments can include activities such as meditation, art, acupuncture, yoga, forest bathing, and nature-based outdoor programs, just to name a few. This research group focuses on alternatives to traditional medical approaches to promote resilience and treat trauma by encouraging members to consider a wider range of modalities and the ways groups or individuals engage with different therapies throughout their recovery process.

Contact: Dr. Chip Benight (cbenight@uccs.edu), Dr. Mary Coussons-Read (mcousson@uccs.edu), or Dr. David Havlick (dhavlick@uccs.edu) if you are interested in this focus area.

 

Biomarkers: Neurobiology, Psychophysiology, and Neuropsychology Markers of Trauma Adaptation

Past research has primarily focused on identifying biomarkers for PTSD and other maladaptive stress reactions with limited emphasis on gaining an understanding of the underlying variables contributing to adaptive stress responses. This Research Interest Group aims to explore the neurobiological, psychophysiological, and neuropsychological mechanisms influencing effective adaptations to traumatic stressors. Joint collaborations on future funding opportunities will also be encouraged.

Contact: Dr. Mary Coussons-Read (mcousson@uccs.edu)

 

Clinical Research: Resilience Interventions, Prevention, and Evidenced-Based Assessment

This group is dedicated to the development of research projects that assess the effectiveness of interventions aimed at building resilience and healing from trauma. Interventions can be at the prevention level, at the acute stage in the early aftermath of a trauma, or at the chronic stage to treat PTSD and other trauma-related symptoms. This group is at the intersection of the Healing and Research divisions and will involve testing the effectiveness of our innovative healing models of care. In addition, we strive to create evidence-based assessment practices in which assessment informs the selection and delivery of intervention practices and drives intervention modifications. Although randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are part of any clinical research approach, group members are encouraged to think beyond those traditional models to infuse science in the day-to-day healing initiatives in the Institute. Discussions will focus on prioritizing intervention interests from team members, identifying relevant funding opportunities, and forming cross-site collaborations.

Contact: Dr. Colin Mahoney (cmahoney@uccs.edu)

 

Social / Cognitive Research Processes in Trauma Resilience/Recovery

This research interest group (RIG) focuses on the role of multiple intrapersonal and interpersonal factors and processes and their relationship to trauma-related outcomes.  In particular, this RIG focuses on how social and cognitive processes can facilitate or impede the development of resilient responses to trauma and/or affect trauma recovery.  Potential topic areas within this RIG include research on trauma coping appraisals and processes, social support and community resources, trauma appraisals and schemas, and meaning making processes. This RIG provides a forum for students and researchers to receive feedback on work in progress, discuss and develop new theoretical perspectives, identify and discuss funding opportunities, and form collaborative relationships with other Institute-affiliated students and researchers with similar interests.

Contact: Dr. Heather Littleton (hlittlet@uccs.edu) or Dr. Tom Pyszczynski (tpyszczy@uccs.edu) if you are interested in this focus area.

 

Technological Innovation: Delivering Trauma Prevention/Interventions

This group focuses on leveraging various technologies to deliver efficacious and effective trauma prevention and intervention programming.  We will discuss trauma prevention and intervention programming delivered via a variety of technologies including interventions delivered via synchronous and asynchronous online programs, the use of mobile apps as standalone or adjunctive prevention/intervention tools, and the integration of various technologies (e.g., wearable devices, EMA apps) into trauma prevention and intervention programs. This RIG provides a forum for students and researchers to receive feedback on work in progress, discuss and develop new intervention/prevention programs, identify and discuss funding opportunities, and form collaborative relationships with other Institute-affiliated students and researchers with similar interests.

Contact: Dr. Heather Littleton (hlittlet@uccs.edu) or Dr. Josef Ruzek (jruzek@uccs.edu) or Dr. Carrie Yeager (cyeager@uccs.edu) if you are interested in this focus area.

 

Sexual Assault/IPV RIG

This research interest group (RIG) focuses on research related to preventing, treating, and understanding the impact of sexual and intimate partner violence. Potential topic areas within this RIG include research on the development and implementation of sexual violence/IPV prevention programs, novel approaches to treating the varying and often complex sequelae of sexual violence/IPV, and theoretical models of sexual violence/IPV perpetration and victimization recovery and resilience. This RIG provides a forum for students and researchers to receive feedback on work in progress, discuss and develop new models of prevention and treatment, as well as discuss/refine theories related to perpetration behaviors and recovery/resilience following victimization, identify and discuss funding opportunities, and form collaborative and supportive relationships with other Institute-affiliated students and researchers with similar interests.

Contact: Dr. Heather Littleton (hlittlet@uccs.edu)