Faculty Spotlight

Lisa Butler.

In my doctorate, I examined discontinuities inexperience, particularly those involved in the development of paranoid thinking. My interest in trauma developed from this work because, although traumatic events typically involve significant and immediate threat, at their core they also present us with a profound discontinuity, a violation of our expectation of a coherent, meaningful world. For all these reasons, traumatic events can be extremely disturbing. Along with my research on traumatic stress reactions and post-event adaptation, I am also keenly interested in factors that promote resilience and post-traumatic growth trajectories in trauma survivors. This is where trauma psychology meets positive psychology and it has the potential to be transformative for survivors and for our understanding of traumatic experience. My current research involves investigations of anticipatory traumatic stress reactions; trauma, stress, and self-care in MSW clinical training; applications of the trauma-informed framework in the classroom; and the care needs of veterans and their families.