Seeking Graduate Students

Prospective Graduate Students

Dr. Taku is seeking masters and Ph.D students for the Fall 2020 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 investigating different growth processes dependent on the nature of triggered experiences such as: experiencing trauma; causing or enabling trauma; having non-traumatic but influential life experiences; and working with traumatized people (e.g., vicarious posttraumatic growth).

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, Whitney Dominick (, with questions regarding our research project.

Review for doctoral program and masters program has begun on December 2019.

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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