The Traumatic Stress Studies (TSS) Group, directed by Anne P. DePrince, Ph.D., is part of the Psychology Department at the University of Denver. In these pages, you will meet our team members and collaborators, as well as read about current research and access full-text publications.
We pursue several lines of research with both youth and adults to understand the consequences of trauma, particularly violence exposure. For example, we examine alterations in basic cognition (such as attention and memory) associated with different forms of trauma exposure and clinical symptoms. In addition, we draw on cognitive and social-cognitive models to examine risk for problems post-trauma, such as revictimization, as well as seek to understand how appraisals of a trauma (e.g., fear, betrayal, shame, anger) relate to later symptoms. Further, we apply our basic research findings to intervention and prevention work. Our research draws on multiple methodologies (e.g., laboratory cognitive tasks, clinical interviews, survey methodology) as well as theories from diverse psychological perspectives to address both basic and intervention questions.
We strongly value community engagement in our research approach, allowing us to address questions of public concern as we learn from and with our community partners.