Seeking Graduate Students

Prospective Graduate Students

Dr. Taku is seeking masters and Ph.D students for the Fall 2019 admission cycle.

Dr. Taku mentors students in the Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) Lab. Our research aligns with the Social-Personality concentration in Psychology at Oakland University. Our research has centered on the construct of posttraumatic growth – positive psychological changes that may occur as a result of the struggle with major life crises or traumatic events. This research contributes to the fields of clinical, trauma, developmental, personality, social, and cross-cultural psychology.

We are also investigating different growth processes dependent on the nature of triggered experiences such as: experiencing trauma (e.g., earthquake); causing or enabling trauma (e.g., bullying); having non-traumatic but influential life experiences (e.g., having a baby or undertaking spiritual pilgrimages); and working with traumatized people (e.g., vicarious posttraumatic growth).

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree and conducting independent research on psychological growth as a result of struggling with a major life crisis 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 (, current doctoral student, Whitney Dominick ( and any current master’s students, Jess Kopitz ( and Alvin Nicholas (, with questions regarding our research project.

Research activity with OU students in the PTG lab can be also seen in this article, PTG lab in 2015 summer, that was introduced into the Presidents’ Annual Report in 2015.

Review for doctoral program and masters program has begun in January 2019.

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