Prospective Students

Recruiting Students

I, Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez, am an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychologyand the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI) at Wayne State University in Detroit. 

I will not be recruiting graduate student(s) for the clinical psychology Ph.D. program, Fall 2021. Consequently, I likely will not be able to respond to prospective students’ emails this cycle.


Deadline for applications: 1 December 2020

Last Year’s (2019-2020) Timeline: 

  • 1 December 2019: deadline
  • End of January 2020: invitation to campus interviews
  • Clinical Campus Interview Day: 28 February 2020
  • Alternate Clinical Campus Interview Day: 21 February 2020

Curriculum Vitae

Note: Due to the volume of emails I receive, I will not be able to evaluate applicants prior to their formal application. See below to help determine if our program and myself as an advisor could be a good fit for your interests and goals. 

The HOPE Lab

  • Prospective students can also review the Current Students section of my website to gain more information. 

We use Cultural Betrayal Trauma Theory (CBTT) as a framework for researching the impact of violence in the context of inequality primarily in youth and young adults in order to identify avenues of hope & healing for individuals, families, communities, and society.

PI: Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez

Data Analysis

Validation study of the Cultural Betrayal Multidimensional Inventory for Black 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. 

Collaborators: Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez & Dr. Lars Johnson

Data Collection

CBTT, Suicidality, Disclosure, & Coping in Black, South Asian, and White Young Adults 

Collaborators/Intellectual Contributors: Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez, Dr. Sierra Carter, and graduate students–Daeja Marzette, Zuni Jilani, and Ifrah Sheikh 

Data Collection

Cultural Betrayal Trauma as a Novel Social Determinant of Cardiovascular Disease among Urban African American Elders 

Co-PIs: Dr. Samuele Zilioli & Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez

Data Set

CBTT in Diverse College Students of Color

PI: Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez

Upcoming Projects
  1. CBTT in Multiracial Youth and Young Adults

Collaborators: Graduate student, Daeja Marzette, and Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez

  1. Betrayal & Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

Collaborators: Undergraduate student, Rachel Zelenak, and Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez

Research Opportunities

Graduate students are involved in research through: 

  • collaborating on current projects
  • adding measures to data collections
  • earning the opportunity to lead projects that incorporate constructs of interest with a focus on CBTT in marginalized 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 to 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 marginalized 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 ArtsCharles Wright Museum of African American HistoryDetroit Historical MuseumDetroit 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)

Wayne State University Graduate School & Division of Research $1,000 Grant to supplement her research activities. This award is based on her submitting a grant application to the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine (NASEM; Pre-Doctoral Fellowship: $81,000). 

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

Resources on Applying to Graduate School

Advice for Marginalized Students on Choosing a Ph.D. Program

8 Tips for Standing Out as a Grad School Applicant

How to Ace a Grad School Application

Ten Tips for Students to Succeed in College

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