About

Jennifer M. Gómez, Ph.D.

I am a Ford Fellow, co-editor of the special issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation— Self Injury & Suicidality: The Impact of Trauma & Dissociation (2015), and postdoctoral fellow in the Wayne State University Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition Fellowship (PFT) Program studying urban disparities in adolescents and emerging adults at Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute.

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 woman is sexually assaulted by a Black man, 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.