Amber Douglas

Associate Professor of Psychology and Education; Director of Student Success Initiatives
Specialization: 
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 copresented 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.

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Courses Taught

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

Interests

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.