Ryan Reblin also joins the PTG lab!

Ryan is currently a junior at Oakland University working towards his Bachelor’s in Psychology.  His research interest includes assessing the relationship between PTG and marriage/family life.  After Oakland, Ryan plans to attend to graduate school to obtain his PhD in Psychology.  Ryan can be reached at: rkreblin@oakland.edu

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The PTG lab welcomes Aundreah Walenski!

Aundreah is currently a sophomore at Oakland University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. Her research interest includes assessing the relationship between PTG and divorce.  In the future, Aundreah would like to continue her education and pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Aundreah can be contacted at: amwalens@oakland.edu.

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Hour Magazine Shares PTG Story of Luke Fleer

Dr. Taku and the PTG lab were featured in the Hour Magazine.  The article Trauma and Triumph talks about Luke Fleer’s experience with PTG after a car accident in 2004 that lead to five surgeries, months in recovery and two years in physical therapy. The article discusses Fleer’s reaction to his traumatic experience and his path to not only healing, but growth.  Fleer now works at OU and is raising a family, read more about his story here.

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The Story of Ross

Story of RossRoss grew up in Macomb County and shares his traumatic experience. Check out the videos sharing his story.  At the end of the videos he shares how his views on life have positively changed as a result of his near death experience.  This is a story of an adolescent that may have experienced posttraumatic growth.  There are stories out there that show traumatic experiences can have a deep, meaningful impact on a persons outlook of life.

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High School Intervention 2014

Last year, the PTG lab conducted the High School Intervention project, which assessed posttraumatic growth in high school students from both the U.S. and Japan.

LabThe members went to local high schools to conduct pre and post surveys, along with presentations discussing PTG, PTSD and cross-cultural differences.  This year, the lab is hard at work re-vamping this study by adjusting the survey content and preparing new intervention programs.  Once the study is approved by the IRB, lab members will begin administering the surveys this coming summer and continue into Fall of next year.

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Maggie and Leah Present at their First Conference

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Maggie Britton and Leah LaLonde presented The Combined Role of Religiosity and Gender on the Self-Esteem of American Adolescents at Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters.  This was the first conference for both Maggie and Leah.  They thought it was a great experience and  were able to share their research with faculty and students.  They feel that this conference has prepared them for what to expect when attending future conferences.  Maggie and Leah are shown on the top right picture with their poster, along with their fellow members showing support for their presentation. 

  • Britton, M., McGuire, K., LaLonde, L., & Taku, K. (2014, February). The combined role of gender and religiosity on the self-esteem of American adolescents. Poster session presented at the 120th Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, & Letters Annual Meetings, Rochester, MI.
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Sharell Elam and Kellie McGuire Present at Michigan Academy

Sharell and KellieSharell Elam and Kellie McGuire presented their poster Cross-Cultural Comparisons of the Awareness of Posttraumatic Growth on Positive Psychological Change Among American and Japanese Adolescents at Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters.  Both members had the opportunity to share their current research right here at Oakland University. Conferences are a great opportunity for others in the academic community to see your research and to see others research.  Sharell and Kellie can be seen in the top left picture with their poster, along with fellow lab members supporting their presentation.

  • Elam, S., McGuire, K., & Taku, K. (2014, February). Cross-cultural comparisons of the awareness of posttraumatic growth on positive psychological change among American and Japanese adolescents. Poster session presented at the 120th Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, & Letters Annual Meetings, Rochester, MI.
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Katherine Lewitzke presented her work at MASAL

photo 3Our former PTG lab member, Katherine Lewitzke, visited OU campus and made her research presentation, entitled “Influences of social learning and cognitive development theories in the formulation of a religious self– concept” as a part of Michigan Academy of Science Arts and Letters conference, February 28th 2014.

Kat graduated OU in 2009 and received her M.A. in clinical psychology at University of Detroit Mercy, with specialization in Child Development and Child Studies in 2012. She is currently in PsyD program at Michigan School of Professional Psychology.

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Posttraumatic Growth Lab Members Prepare for APA in August 2014

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  • A very exciting time For Dr. Taku, Sharell Elam, and Kellie McGuire.  Lab members and Dr. Taku’s study abstracts were accepted into American Psychological Association Conference in August. They are presenting their research, Effects of Priming the Shared Traumatic Experiences on Posttraumatic Growth.  Their research stemmed from the curiosity to find out if people report higher PTG when they know that their listener has also experienced PTG. The purpose was to test this hypothesis using a randomized priming experimental method focusing on two types of highly stressful life events: death and romantic relationships. Their results show that PTG was affected for individuals who experienced a romantic issue by priming the imaginary listener’s traumatic experiences, but not for people who lost their loved ones. Results may indicate that the effect of the individual to relate to the listener’s experience may vary depending on the  circumstances. These findings may have positive and negative implications when applied in real world scenarios.
  • Taku, K., McGuire, K., & Elam, S. G. (2014, August planned). Effects of priming the shared traumatic experiences on posttraumatic growth. Study abstract has been accepted for poster session to be presented at the 122nd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), 1 – General Psychology Division, Washington, DC.
  • Taku, K., Tedeschi, R. G., Cann, A., & Calhoun, L. G. (2014, August planned). Core beliefs, rumination, and posttraumatic growth resulting from earthquake in Japan. Study abstract has been accepted for poster session to be presented at the 122nd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), 56 – Trauma Division, Washington, DC.
  • Tedeschi, R. G., Taku, K., Cann, A., & Calhoun, L. G. (2014, August planned). Spiritual and existential posttraumatic growth in Japan and in the United States. Study abstract has been accepted for poster session to be presented at the 122nd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), 67 – Religion Division, Washington, DC.
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Lab Members Research Accepted into Michigan Academy Conference

Multiple members of the lab finished working on their submissions to the Michigan Academy Conference, being held at Oakland University on February 28th.  The members just received an e-mail early this week stating that their submissions were accepted.  Now Kellie, Sharell, Maggie and Leah will be busy putting together their poster presentations to present at the conference next month.Image

  1. Sharell Elam and Kellie McGuire are presenting Cross-Cultural Comparisons of the Awareness of Posttraumatic Growth on Positive Psychological Change Among American and Japanese Adolescents. Their research is a cross-cultural investigation of how the awareness of growth can impact the self-report of positive change after traumatic events in American and Japanese adolescents. Results of the study indicate that there is limited awareness of PTG and when highly exposed to positive socio-cultural elements, adolescents reported higher growth in both nations. Why might these findings be important to the field of Psychology?  These findings suggest that socio-cultural context is important to experiencing PTG.
  2. Maggie Britton, Kellie McGuire, and Leah LaLonde are presenting their study, The Combined Role of Religiosity and Gender on the Self-Esteem of American Adolescents. They researched the interaction effect between gender and religiosity on self-esteem in an adolescent population.  Although gender and self-esteem have been frequently studied this study indicates that male and female participants were affected differently by level of religiosity.
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