Center for Traumatic Stress Research

Center for Traumatic Stress Research

Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji

The Center for Traumatic Stress Research was founded in 2012 by Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji, a counselor educator. The focus of the research center team is to investigate the psychological and emotional effects of trauma on individuals, families, and communities due to: (a) cultural hegemony in education, (b) natural and human-made disasters, and (c) child sexual abuse (CSA). The investigators also seek to discover empirically tested clinical interventions that mitigate the effects of traumatic stress for client populations.

Center Goals

  • Develop research projects exploring the relationship between traumatic stress and children’s emotional and psychological wellbeing.
  • Provide high quality learning opportunities that include professional development, learning institutes, and distance learning courses (for credit), regarding effective and innovative practices that mediate the effects of traumatic stress.
  • Provide resources, technical assistance, and consultation on innovations related to the areas of research focus.
  • Expand partnerships and networking among agencies, schools, parents, and community partners to promote sharing of information on effective practices.

Core Faculty

Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji, Associate Professor
CTSR Director

Dr. Walter Breaux, Associate Professor

Dr. Judith Miranti, Professor

Dr. Ariel Encalade-Mitchell, Assistant Professor


Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Jeff D. Wolfgang

Dr. Whitney Gaskins, Assistant Professor-Engineering Education
University of Cincinnati

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Suresh Babu Are


Center for Traumatic Stress Research


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