Amber Douglas

Professor of Psychology and Education; Dean of Studies; Director of Student Success Initiatives
Psychology of trauma, cross-cultural psychology, ethnic minority psychology, stress, and coping

Amber Douglas’s research interests fall into two categories: psychological trauma, with an emphasis on dissociation, and the psychology of ethnic minorities. She’s particularly interested in exploring research questions that examine the intersection of these two areas. As a clinical psychologist, Douglas says that the ultimate focus of her scholarship is contributing to the understanding of psychological adjustment, well-being, and mental health.

In 2003, she co-presented a paper on the conceptualization of race-related stress within a trauma coping and adaptation model at the 20th Annual Teachers College Winter Roundtable on Cross-Cultural Psychology and Education in New York. Douglas also has done poster presentations at the 2002 and 2001 annual conventions of the American Psychological Association. In 2000, Douglas presented an evaluation of recent treatment outcomes for ethnic minorities at the Annual Eastern Psychological Association Conference.

Douglas is currently working on completing a pilot study evaluating the effectiveness of a treatment intervention for traumatized children focused on rebuilding attachments with significant adult caregivers. In addition, her she continues to collaborate with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services of the state of Connecticut. She is also beginning work with students on campus in her research lab.

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 Campus News

Elena Frogameni in green coat smiling at the camera in front of Skinner Hall

Senior Elena Frogameni named Rhodes Scholar

Mount Holyoke senior Elena Frogameni ‘22 is Mount Holyoke’s second-ever Rhodes Scholar and its first in over 25 years. 

Students cheered in support of their classmates, waved pom-poms, performed the wave and dressed in their class colors. Seniors wore regalia topped with red hats, berets and boas in honor of the red pegasi.

A welcome return to an in-person Convocation

Cheers rang out across the Mount Holyoke College campus during the first in-person Convocation since the beginning of the pandemic. 

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Investing in student success

Amber Douglas has been named Mount Holyoke’s Dean of the College and will lead a new student success division.

75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program logo

Mount Holyoke is a top producer of Fulbrights

Mount Holyoke College made the list of top college producers of Fulbright U.S. students for 2020–2021.   

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Making remote learning accessible

Mount Holyoke College’s AccessAbility Services has the same goal during COVID-19 — to make sure all students have all the tools they need to thrive. 

Recent Publications

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.

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. & 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.

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.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.