Making It Through a Traumatic Life Experience: Applications for Teaching, Research, and Personal Adjustment

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This paper chronicles the effects of a traumatic event on a tenure-track professor's teaching, research, and service in developmental psychology. Lessons learned from the experience integrating relevant literature on coping and mental health are discussed. Adjustment posttrauma is examined in terms of self-care and coping, community involvement (academic and urban), personal expectations, identity, and long-term consequences. The manuscript ends with a brief discussion of the role of academia and psychology-related disciplines in helping individuals and communities experiencing traumatic events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-95
Number of pages7
JournalTraining and Education in Professional Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008



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  • crisis
  • hurricane
  • teaching

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