Jennifer M. Gómez, Ph.D.
I earned my Ph.D. in [clinical] psychology from University of Oregon in 2017. I am a Ford Fellow (Dissertation, 2015-16; Postdoctoral, 2018-19), National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow (2019), co-editor of the special issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation— [JTD] Self Injury & Suicidality: The Impact of Trauma & Dissociation (2015), and lead co-editor of the upcoming special issue of JTD, Discrimination, Violence, & Healing in Marginalized Communities. In finishing my postdoctoral fellowship in the Wayne State University (WSU) Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition Fellowship (PFT) Program at Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute For Child & Family Development (MPSI), I am beginning as an Assistant Professor in the WSU Department of Psychology and MPSI, Fall 2019. I have published over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, scholarly writings, and pieces for the general public.
Prior to attending college, I was a professional ballet dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem.
My research focuses on the effects of interpersonal trauma (e.g., physical, sexual, and emotional abuse) in diverse populations. In proposing cultural betrayal trauma theory, I include interpersonal trauma in conjunction with discrimination to examine mental health outcomes.
For example, in cultural betrayal trauma theory, I propose that if a Black female is sexually assaulted by a Black male, the outcomes of this trauma, such as PTSD, are impacted by both the victim and perpetrator experiencing discrimination in society.
With cultural betrayal trauma theory, I examine the differential impact of inequality for minority victims of trauma that may contribute to urban disparities. I am dedicated to contributing work that has implications for people who are subjected to both discrimination and interpersonal trauma.