Saturday, May 2nd was Oakland University’s College of Arts and Sciences graduation ceremony. Two past PTG lab members including Alexander Boulos (PTG Lab member Winter 2013 semester) and James Casolari (PTG Lab member Winter 2014 Semester) and one current Lab member Leah McDiarmid graduated with their Bachelor of Arts Degree. Congratulations on graduating PTG Lab members!
We made the home page! The PTG Lab, Dr. Taku, and research assistants Leah McDiarmid and Aundreah Walenski, were recently interviewed by Oakland University’s Communication and Marketing. Click the picture above or here to read the article discussing posttraumatic growth, Dr. Taku’s recent research ventures, and the lasting impact she has left on her undergraduate research assistants’ success at Oakland and beyond.
Lab members Leah McDiarmid, Aundreah Walenski, and Jessica Genaw have recently submitted abstracts to the 23rd annual Meeting of Minds Conference on May 15th, hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Meeting of Minds conference is a great way for undergraduate students to present their research and will truly be a meeting of undergraduate minds from Oakland University, University of Michigan-Flint, and University of Michigan-Dearborn.
- Genaw, J., & McDiarmid, L. (2015, May). High school bullying in Japan
and America: Impact on self-esteem and personal growth. Poster session
presented at the 23rd Meeting of Minds.
- McDiarmid, L., & Walenski, A. (2015, May). Japanese and American
youth: What does personal growth mean? Poster session presented at the 23rd Meeting of Minds.
- Walenski, A., & Genaw, J. (2015, May). How does age and adversity
affect the level of hope? Poster session presented at the 23rd Meeting of Minds.
To read their abstracts, click on the links below.
Junior member research assistant, Jasmine, gave her first Journal Club Presentation on Bereavement, Religion, and Posttraumatic Growth: A Matched Control Group Investigation. Journal Club allows our research assistants to present a PTG article of their interest to the lab and challenge their research skills. Jasmine’s chosen article found that bereaved individuals had higher religiousness and PTG than those that experienced another type of traumatic event. In fact, those that lost someone violently (ex. car crash, suicide, murder) reported more PTG and distress than those that lost someone to natural causes (ex. old age or sickness).
To read more about this study, click the link below.
It is that time of year again, Journal Club Presentations! First and second semester research assistants are asked to present an article of their choice to the lab. This semester, second semester research assistant, Aundreah recently presented a qualitative study on PTG, Exploring self-perceived growth in a clinical sample of severely traumatized youth. This study found that reports of PTG increased and levels of PTSS decreased after therapeutic interventions in severely traumatized Norwegian youth. Aundreah will continue to research PTG qualitatively in traumatized youth throughout the semester.
Jessica also presented for the first time in the month of February about infidelity and PTG, Recovery from Infidelity: Differentiation of Self, Trauma, Forgiveness, and Posttraumatic Growth Among Couples in Continuing Relationships. This study found that forgiveness was a predictor for posttraumatic growth for those who have been cheated on sexually and are continuing their relationship post infidelity.
To read more about these studies, click the links below.
We are very excited to announce that Dr. Taku’s and PTG Lab member’s, Leah McDiarmid and Aundreah Walenski’s, abstracts have been accepted to the 123rd Annual American Psychological Convention! The convention will be this upcoming August and held in the great city of Toronto. Dr. Taku, Leah, and Aundreah will be presenting their research posters on, Cross-Cultural Differences in the Relationships between Hope and Posttraumatic Growth and Personally Important Posttraumatic Growth as a Predictor of Self-Esteem in Adolescents. In addition, Dr. Taku will also be presenting her research, Burnout and Psychological Growth Affects Wellness in Physicians.
- Taku, K., Eckleberry-Hunt, J., & Kirkpatrick, H. (2015, August planned). Burnout and psychological growth affects wellness in physicians. Symposium paper will be presented in R. G. Tedeschi (Chair), Health care professionals and patients facing trauma: Optimizing satisfaction and growth, at the 123rd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 56 (trauma psychology), Toronto.
- LaLonde, L., Taku, K., & Walenski, A. (2015, August planned). Personally important posttraumatic growth as a predictor of self-esteem in adolescents, poster session at the 123rd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 1 (general psychology), Toronto.
- Walenski, A., Taku, K., & LaLonde, L. (2015, August planned). Cross-cultural differences in the relationships between hope and posttraumatic growth, poster session at the 123rd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 32 (humanistic psychology), Toronto.
To read more about our research, click the abstracts below.
The PTG Lab welcomes Tomoko Matsui! Tomoko is a Social Worker and Health Psychotherapist specializing in medical psychology and psycho-oncology. She is currently a second year doctoral student at Osaka University in Japan where she is part of the Clinical Thanatology and Geriatric Behavioral Science Laboratory. Her main research interests are in help seeking behaviors, such as counseling and psychotherapy among cancer patients. She hopes to find factors that encourage or interfere with help seeking behavior and develop an intervention program for cancer patients. During her time here in the U.S., Tomoko will be working with Dr. Taku to write a manuscript about help seeking behaviors and PTG.
One of the first PTG Lab research assistants, Dr. Sarah-Rae Andreski, recently spoke at Oakland University on Friday, January 16th to undergraduate and graduate Psychology students about her recent experiences as a graduate student. After graduating from Oakland University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, English, Spanish Language and Literature, she attended Palo Alto University. Just recently, in 2014, she graduated with her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Andreski is now a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Long Beach VA Medical Center specializing in Rehabilitation Psychology.
Her shared experiences as a graduate student and now as a post-doctoral fellow,were educational and honest. Her advise to current students looking to apply this upcoming fall is to keep an open mind and to not be afraid to move. Finding the “goodness of fit” or the right program that suits your goals financially and academically is indefinitely ideal. And if you already have a specific branch of Psychology in which you are interested in, she also advises you try to find research opportunities within that field and pertain those interests in other classes as well when you have the freedom. Dr. Andreski’s success story has made the PTG Lab proud and we look forward to hearing about her future endeavors.
Jasmine Cosby is the newest member to the team for the Winter 2015 semester. She is currently a Junior at Oakland University and majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. She is interested in depression and PTG in adolescents. She plans on doing a literature review and presentation regarding this relationship. She plans to continue her education after obtaining her Bachelors at Oakland University by pursuing her Masters degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Jessica Genaw has successfully completed the application process and is joining the PTG lab for the Winter 2015 semester. Jessica is currently a junior at Oakland University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She plans to independently research, complete a literature review, and prepare a presentation on PTG in women who have been emotionally abused. Jessica is excited for the research experience and plans to continue and pursue a Masters Degree in Psychology after obtaining her Bachelors Degree from Oakland University.