Amber Douglas

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education; Associate Professor of Gender Studies


  • B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Courses Taught

  • Seminar in Personality: Psychology of Trauma
  • Personality Theories
  • Research Methods (formerly Experimental Methods)
  • Lab in Personality & Abnormal Psychology: Stress and Coping


I am interested in trauma stress and coping.  My research examines the impact of stress and trauma on relationships and cognitions and seeks to understand mechanisms related to dissociation, dissociative coping, racial stress and “growth”.

Recent Publications

Douglas, A.N. & Williams, M.K. (2001). Dissociation and ethnic minorities: A coping mechanism? Poster presentation at the 109th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Williams, M.K., Douglas, A.N. & Ponce, A.N. (2002). Effects of child abuse and distorted beliefs on relationship violence. Poster presentation at the 110th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Douglas, A. & Williams, M (2003). Conceptualization of race-related stress within a trauma coping and adaptation model. Paper presentation at the 20th Annual Teachers College Winter Roundtable on Cross-Cultural Psychology and Education, New York, NY.

Kagan, R. & Douglas, A. (2006). Real Life Heroes: Rebuilding trust with traumatized children. Paper presented at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. 14th Annual Colloquium, Nashville, TN.

Douglas, A.N. (2006). Dissociative Coping: An examination of ethnic differences with a nonclinical United States sample. Poster presented at the IV World Congress on Traumatic Stress, Buenos Ares, Argentina.