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Center for Traumatic Stress Research

The Center for Traumatic Stress Research was founded in 2012 by Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji, a counselor educator. The focus of the research center team is to investigate the psychological and emotional effects of trauma on individuals, families, and communities due to:

  • Cultural hegemony in education
  • Natural and human-made disasters
  • Child sexual abuse (CSA)

The investigators also seek to discover empirically tested clinical interventions that mitigate the effects of traumatic stress for client populations.

Center Goals

  • Develop research projects exploring the relationship between traumatic stress and children’s emotional and psychological wellbeing.
  • Provide high quality learning opportunities that include professional development, learning institutes, and distance learning courses (for credit), regarding effective and innovative practices that mediate the effects of traumatic stress.
  • Provide resources, technical assistance, and consultation on innovations related to the areas of research focus. 
  • Expand partnerships and networkingamong agencies, schools, parents, and community partners to promote sharing of information on effective practices.

Core Faculty

Dr. Cirecie West-Olatuinji portrait

Dr. Cirecie West-Olatuinji . Center Director

Dr. Cirecire West-Olatunj, Associate Professor, Center Director

Dr. Michael Brubaker, Assistant Professor

Dr. LaTrice Montgomery, Assistant Professor

Dr. George Richardson, Assistant Professor

Past Events

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Annie Laws, 407 Teachers College
Reception to follow

Guest Lecture by Dr. Joyce King
President, American Educational Research Association

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Annie Laws, 407 Teachers College
Reception to follow

Raising the Bar: Critical New Concepts in the Revised ACA Code of Ethics

Presented by Dr. David Kaplan, ACA Chief Professional Officer

Contact Us

School of Human Services
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 210068
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0068

Tel: (513) 556-2920
Fax: (513) 556-3898
Twitter: @ucctsr