Research on Trauma and Prevention

The Trauma and Prevention (TAP) Lab focuses on critical topics such as interpersonal and family violence prevention, adverse childhood events, prevention of racism, and mindfulness training.

Housed in the Department of Psychology at Springfield College, the TAP Lab strives to advance knowledge that promotes healthy behaviors supportive of children, youth, families and communities.

Students, faculty and staff interested in collaborating on research and volunteering in the lab should email a letter of interest to tapresearch@springfield.edu.

Trauma and Prevention Springfield College
Impact of ACEs Study

The purpose of the Impact of ACEs study is to better understand the mental health of college students exposed to significant adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) growing up. The TAP research team is evaluating to see if college students who endorse higher ACE scores experience poorer mental health than college students with low ACE scores. This study will be conducted utilizing a quantitative design evaluating the scores on outcome measures of college counseling students receiving services at the counseling center.  The results of this study will help to inform treatment and prevention interventions for the college community.

The Bias Incident and Reporting Study

The Bias Incident and Reporting study seeks to collect information about how community members experience and cope with bias related incidents on campus. Data from this study will be used to inform the development of bias reporting systems and follow up procedures on campus in collaboration with the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Our goal is to foster a campus culture which provides the education and accountability needed to prevent the perpetuation of bias, and support and reparation for those who have been adversely affected by these incidents.

Brookings Mindfulness Study

The purpose of the mindfulness program at Brookings Elementary School is to increase positive self-esteem and assist students with being in the present moment through evidenced based mindfulness activities for social and emotional engagement with healthy adult role models from the community. The program supports a holistic approach when working with children to enable mental health, well being, and positive environments. Researchers are evaluating the mindfulness program using a mixed methods design, including a teacher survey, focus groups with teachers and parents, and archival data from 3rd through 5th graders, along with data from a comparison school.

Developmental Trauma Study

The TAP research team is developing a 12 week group utilizing the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) framework to address the treatment needs of children who have experienced developmental trauma.  The purpose of this study is to assist in strengthening the attachment between children and caregivers, build coping skills for children and caregivers, and to build a more positive, stable identity in the child. The ARC based group will be compared to a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) group to evaluate treatment effectiveness.

Sexual Assault Prevention Study

The TAP research group is developing a multi-targeted campus intervention to address the prevention of sexual assault. The goal is to address both the campus culture and social norms, in order to improve support for victim/survivors and to increase the efficacy of sexual prevention and intervention. The goal is to facilitate skill building, such as bystander intervention, enhance a positive gender identity for all students, and to increase healthy relationships and communication using innovative tools.

Social Justice Education

Social justice is a defining feature of the counseling psychology specialty. This research project examines changes in attitudes and behaviors associated with a social justice practicum in a doctoral counseling psychology program. The study will assess whether after completion of a social justice practicum students adopt a social justice/prevention orientation and whether they differ in attitudes and behavior from students that do not complete a practicum.

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