For Prospective Students

Recruiting Students

I am an Assistant Professor in clinical psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit and will be recruiting graduate student(s) for admission, Fall 2020.

Deadline for applications: 1 December 2019

Abbreviated CV

Research Interests

Note: I like to work with people who are interested in what I’m doing research-wise, and also who stretch intellectually where the research is going.

My research is focused on Cultural Betrayal Trauma Theory.

In the foreseeable future, I plan to have data from a validation study of the Cultural Betrayal Multidimensional Inventory for African American Young Adults (ages 18-29). The validation manuscripts will likely be spoken for, but data with the various measures (cultural betrayal trauma, mental health outcomes, internalized prejudice, racial identity, etc.) will be rife for projects.

It is also likely that I will have data on Black and White participants: cultural betrayal trauma and suicidality, among a host of relational and mental health measures.

Lastly, I have a rich data set testing cultural betrayal trauma theory, which used a diverse ethnic minority college student sample, and looked at cultural betrayal trauma and diverse outcomes.

Additionally, there will likely also be opportunities for graduate students to lead projects incorporating constructs of interest, focused around cultural betrayal trauma theory and Black youth and young adults.

Sample Questions for Campus Visit Interviews

To help all applicants be on equal footing in preparing for the campus visit, below are sample questions for the 30-45 minute interview with me:

Welcome! How has the day been so far?

We have a relatively short amount of time, so we can dive right in. I’m going to ask you a few questions, and then we’ll hold space at the end for you to ask me questions. This is designed for us to get to know each other, not to be an interrogation!

These things will evolve, but at this moment:

  • What research projects are you most excited about doing—from limitations you’ve noticed in the work on CBTT so far, directions to take?
  • Why Me as advisor?
  • Why Wayne State?
  • What would your ideal relationship with your graduate advisor be?/What are you looking for in your graduate advisor?
  • What kind of career do you want to have after you earn your Ph.D.?
  • What questions do you have for me?

Wayne State University Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology at the research-intensive (R1) Wayne State University provides a broad spectrum of graduate education that prepares students for careers in both academic and applied settings. The department has five doctoral programs in: (1) Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, (2) Clinical Psychology, (3) Developmental Science, (4) Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and (5) Social-Personality Psychology.

Our graduates have careers as research scientists, scholar-teachers at colleges or universities, and professionals in business and industry, health care, schools, community organizations, and government agencies. We have a dynamic and dedicated faculty with wide ranging interests and active research programs in almost all areas of psychology, including: trajectories of homeless youth; violence victimization in minority populations; racial and sexual harassment within organizations; cognitive and behavioral neuroscience; substance abuse; memory; relationships; lifespan development; infant and child mental health; and many more. The department fosters collaborations with research institutes across the university, including the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development and the Institute of Gerontology.

Wayne State University is located in Metropolitan Detroit, a historic city that served as a final stop for the Underground Railroad prior to crossing the Detroit River into Canada. The Department of Psychology serves a racially, ethnically, economically, and religiously diverse student body. Wayne State University is located in the Museum District, near art and historic sites, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Opera House, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Department of Psychology is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in our students, faculty, staff, and in the broader communities we serve (including substantial Black/African American and Arab/Chaldean populations). With faculty, staff, and graduate student members, the mission of the department's Diversity Committee is to ensure that diversity, in all its forms, is respected and valued. The department is engaged in fostering and maintaining an open, non-discriminatory, and empowering environment of inclusiveness within the Psychology Department through advocacy, programming, training, and assessment of diversity issues. Graduate students have the opportunity to gain mentorship skills through the Mentoring Undergraduate Students towards Excellence (MUSE) Program. This program is sponsored by the Diversity Committee and helps undergraduate students from typically underrepresented/minority groups and first-generation college students navigate their paths to psychology graduate programs.

Applications for the Graduate Program are due December 1, 2019, with interviews in February 2020.

Awards My Graduate Students Have Won
Wayne State University Dean's Diversity Fellowship
Daeja Marzette (2019)

Graduate Programs with a Trauma Psychology Focus

  • Wayne State University (Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez; Dr. Antonia Abbey, non-clinical).
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (community health, Dr. Robyn Gobin)
  • University of Georgia (Dr. Isha Metzger)
  • University of Denver (Dr. Anne Deprince)
  • Oregon State University (non-clinical only; Dr. Kathy Becker-Blease)
  • University of Tulsa (Dr. Lisa Cromer)
  • University of Regina (Dr. Bridget Klest)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz (non-clinical only; contact Dr. Eileen Zurbriggen)
  • University of California, San Diego (contact Dr. Carolyn Allard)
  • Alliant University (contact Dr. Constance Dalenberg)
  • Nova Southeastern University (contact Dr. Steve Gold)
  • Western Washington University (Master's degree only; Dr. Brianna Delker)
  • Towson University (Master's degree only; contact Dr. Bethany Brand)
  • Penn State-Erie (Master's in Applied Clinical Psychology, Dr. Melanie Hetzel-Riggin)
  • APA-Div 56's list of trauma psychology graduate programs
  • ISSTD's list of academic supervisors with trauma focus

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