The MSU Trauma & Resilience Lab conducts research on the long-term consequences of a range of potentially traumatic or stressful life events, including natural and humanmade disasters, sexual and physical assault, child abuse and neglect, traumatic injury, and experiences of discrimination. We are interested in exploring the pathways through which people who have experienced trauma come to develop mental health problems, such as through additional stressful life events, difficulties in social relationships, and physical health conditions. Additionally, we aim to examine the independent and interactive contributions of multiple ecological levels, from genetic risk variants to characteristics of survivors' neighborhoods, in shaping post-trauma mental health. For more information about our research, go to our Projects page.
Gruebner, O., Sykora, M., Lowe, S. R., Shankardass, K., Subramanian, S. V., & Galea, S. G. (2016). Mental health surveillance after the terrorist attacks in Paris. The Lancet, 387, 2195-2196. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(16)30602-X Lowe, S. R., Quinn, J. W., Richards, C. A., Pothen, J., Rundle, A., Galea, S., Ressler, K. J., Koenen, K. C., & Bradley, B. (2016). Childhood trauma and neighborhood-level crime interact in predicting adult posttraumatic stress and major depression symptoms. Child Abuse & Neglect, 51, 212-222. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.10.007 PDF
Lowe, S. R., Sampson, L., Gruebner, O., & Galea, S. (2016a). Community unemployment and disaster-related stressors shape risk for posttraumatic stress in the longer-term aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Journal of Traumatic Stress. E-publication ahead of print. doi:10.1002/jts.22126 PDF
Lowe, S. R., Sampson, L., Gruebner, O., & Galea, S. (2016b). Mental health service need and use in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Findings in a population-based sample of New York City residents. Community Mental Health Journal, 52, 25-31. doi:10.1007/s10597-015-9947-4 PDF Platt, J., Lowe, S. R., Galea, S., & Koenen, K. C. (2016). A longitudinal study of the bidirectional relationship between social support and posttraumatic stress symptoms following a natural disaster. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 29, 205-213. doi: 10.1002/jts.22092 PDF