Posted: March 9, 2007
Jennifer J. Freyd, psychology professor at the University of Oregon, will give the annual Hastorf Lecture of the MHC psychology and education department April 16 at 4 pm in Hooker Auditorium. Freyd is an expert on the psychology of trauma and directs a large laboratory investigating the cause and impact of trauma, particularly child abuse, on physical and mental health, behavior, and society. She has written more than 100 scholarly articles and is author of the award-winning book Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse.
Freyd's lecture, "Betrayal Trauma: Awareness, Health, and Gender," will examine betrayal trauma--such as emotional or sexual abuse by a parent, marital rape, or government mistreatment of its citizens--and the importance of social relationships in understanding posttraumatic outcomes, including reduced recall. Betrayal trauma theory emphasizes the importance of human relationships in both the harm of trauma and the potential for healing. Freyd has proposed the formation of a new National Institute of Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence, an initiative she is pursuing with colleagues in mental health, law, and public policy.
Freyd has received numerous honors, including a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.