Seeking Graduate Students

Prospective Graduate Students

We are currently accepting the applications to the masters students for the Fall 2021 admission cycle.

Dr. Taku mentors students in the Free Form Posttraumatic Growth (FF-PTG) Lab. Our research aligns with the Social-Personality concentration in Psychology at Oakland University. Our research concentrates on people’s mind, personality, perceptions, cognition, emotions, attitudes, feelings, behaviors, values, and beliefs (so pretty much everything) while living, which may or may not correspond to the path of posttraumatic growth – positive psychological changes that may occur as a result of the struggle with major life crises or traumatic events. We are hoping to contribute to the fields of clinical, trauma, developmental, personality, social, and cross-cultural psychology.

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree and conducting research on should explore program options and guidelines for applying. Click here for the website that will explain the application process and walk you through the various steps.

Please see our publications page for a sampling of past research conducted in the lab. Feel free to contact Dr. Kanako Taku ( or a current doctoral student, Kayla Benson (, with questions regarding our research project.

Review for doctoral program and masters program will begin on December 2020. However, only students who are applying to masters will be considered in the 2021 cycle, and the students who are applying for a PhD position will be considered in 2022 cycle.

To hear more about the five major topics we study in the lab, check out Dr. Taku’s video below:

Click here to visit Dr. Taku’s YouTube page where you can see all of her other videos!

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