The 22nd Annual Meeting of Minds Conference held at Oakland University is completed. Sharell, Kellie, Bekah, and Leah had the chance to share their individual research on PTG. New members of the lab Ryan and Aundreah attended the conference to support their lab members and be immersed in a educational conference setting. Conferences are a great way to show others your educational interests and learn from others interests as well. Winter semester is officially completed and lab members are looking forward to more new and exciting projects this fall!
Kellie McGuire and Maggie Britton graduated from Oakland University with their Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Maggie will be attending University at Buffalo to obtain her Masters degree in Social-Personality psychology. Kellie will continue to research in the PTG lab and apply to graduate schools in the fall.
It is that time of the year again. A few of the lab members submitted and were accepted into the Twenty-second Annual Meeting of the Minds Conference that is being held at Oakland University on May 9th. This conference is held for undergraduate students to present their accomplishments from the semester, and interact with faculty from participating schools.
- Kellie McGuire and Sharell Elam will be giving an oral presentation Heart-breaker vs. Heart-broken: Does it Matter for Posttraumatic Growth?
- Rebekah Hendrian and Kellie McGuire will present their poster Posttraumatic Growth in Adolescents after Sports-Related Injuries.
- Leah LaLonde and Sharell Elam will present their poster Pathways to Posttraumatic Growth: Can the Way We Ruminate About an Event Affect Our Experience of Growth?
The lab members will wrap up the end of a busy semester with their presentations. Read the abstracts for each presentation in the Meeting of the Minds Program.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com.
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.
Ross 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Sharell 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.