Who am I? Life Schemas, Cognitive Dissonance, and Post-Trauma Adjustment

Thursday, March 27

Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Allen Auditorium, Warfield Hall

Research on exposure to trauma and subsequent adjustment and quality of life has historically focused on maladaptive responses (e.g., avoidance, substance use) and psychological consequences (e.g., depression, anxiety). However, several researchers are now investigating the positive psychological changes associated with exposure to and processing of traumatic events. The concept of posttraumatic growth – psychological transformations that are perceived to be positive, constructive, or beneficial and exceed what was previously considered normal for the trauma survivor – will be presented within the framework of cognitive dissonance and identity narrative.

Steven Schmidt joined the Wilson faculty in the fall of 2013. Following a 15-year career in Information Technologies, he received his B.S. (2008) in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and his M.A. (2010) and Ph.D. (2013) in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. He also received graduate certificates in Health Psychology, Quantitative Research Methods, and College Curriculum and Instruction. His doctoral dissertation was titled Posttraumatic Growth Reported by Emerging Adults: A Multigroup Analysis of the Roles of Attachment, Support, Coping, and Life Satisfaction.


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