My research interests are wide-ranging, but generally center on trauma, attachment, and sexuality.
Dissertation/ Definitions of Trauma My dissertation focuses on how subjective experiences of trauma relate to “objective” definitions used by clinicians and theoreticians. It emphasizes trauma as a psychological phenomenon, rather than a physical event. My goal is to argue for a clinical definition that acknowledges subjective experience while also maintaining a clear set of characteristics (based in the psychological impact of the experience) to prevent a blurring or weakening of the construct.
I defended my proposal in November 2012 and my dissertation in March 2014.
History of Trauma in the Orthodox Jewish World
I have previously presented on the history of child sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish world, and am currently in the process of compiling a more comprehensive project looking at the parallels between the history and attitudes of this community with those of the Catholic church.
Other Interests My other interests include sexuality in the female experience, alternative experiences of traumatization, an exploration of trauma as a theme across American literature, and the links between attachment style and personality style, as well as how they relate to anxiety and mood disorders.