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Welcome to the

Transforming Trauma & Mental Health Lab!

Our research focuses on the intersection of four main areas: interpersonal trauma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cultural diversity, and resilience. Our work aims to enhance trauma recovery, and mental wellness among marginalized groups.

Our current community-engaged research, funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, aims to promote recovery among women Veteran survivors of military sexual trauma (MST) by brining together women MST survivors, the practitioners who treat them, and the researchers who study MST, to identify research priorities related to recovery from PTSD.

Other collaborative research projects include: developing a culturally informed intervention for Black women sexual violence survivors, qualitatively examining barriers and facilitators to treatment engagement among MST survivors, exploring resonance of cultural betrayal trauma theory among Black young women, investigating the role of rumination and social support in the development of posttraumatic growth.
Our work has been funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the George Family Innovation Fund, the Center on Health, Aging, & Disability, the Clinical and Translational Research Institute, the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program, Ford Foundation, and the Chez Veterans Center.

Selected Publications


Interested in Working With Us?

Graduate students interested in joining the lab should send a CV and cover letter outlining your interests in trauma and mental health to Dr. Gobin ( You can learn more about graduate degree programs offered through the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health here (


Undergraduates may participate in the lab by volunteering or course-credit independent study. If you are an undergraduate interested in a research experience in our lab, please download our lab application and submit materials to for consideration.

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