Monthly Archives: October 2013

ISTSS Conference

Sharell Elam presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference in Philadelphia, PA on November 7th.

image This study was collaborative by Dr. Taku, previous lab member Melissa Sawa, and current lab member Sharell Elam.  The purpose of their study was to examine the influence of resilience and personal growth resulting from professional experience on burnout in physicians.  


To find out more about what we presented at the conference, please e-mail us directly.

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Journal Club begins again!


New lab members Leah Lalonde and Rebekah Hendrian start off their semester with Journal Club.  Journal club is an interactive and educational way for the lab members to bring forward studies that have contributed to the world of research and may also be helpful to each member’s specific focus in the lab.

Rebekah brought forward “Posttraumatic Growth Among Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Amputees” which focuses on PTG experienced in amputee victims from the military.  The results of this study showed that PTG was experienced, and that strong social support and rumination enhanced the growth.FotoFlexer_PhotoBekah

Leah brought forward “Long Term Posttraumatic Growth After Breast Cancer: Prevalence, Predictors and Relationships with Psychological Health” which focuses on PTG experienced in women who have survived breast cancer and have not had any recurrence of the disease after 10 years.  Results of this study showed that PTG was experienced but was affected by stress-related factors such as chemotherapy or perceived current sequelae.  Both Rebekah and Leah had successful.

To read more about these articles, click the links below for each study:

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Maggie Britton joins the PTG lab!

The PTG lab welcomes Maggie Britton as another new member!  Maggie is currently a senior here at Oakland University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish and Biology.  While in the lab, she will be focusing on the relationships that exist between posttraumatic growth and self-esteem.  After graduating, she would like to further her education in social/personality psychology to study self-perception and it’s effects on both interpersonal relationships and quality of life.  Welcome Maggie!


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