The Trauma and Resilience Research Group is an interdisciplinary group of researchers based at Western that adopts a wholistic approach to understanding the cumulative impact of adversity and trauma, including across generations. Our understanding of trauma processes and impacts is informed by the social ecological framework. This framework recognises the individual, family, community, and social/political processes that contribute to experiences of, and recovery from, trauma. It also facilitates an understanding of the way trauma intersects the physical, spiritual and inter-relational spaces that a person inhabits. It also underscores the importance research that amplifies resiliency processes inherent in people and communities through strengthening protective factors and minimising systemic or structural risks that inhibit a person’s ability to respond to trauma.
Many communities are affected by trauma. Research shows approximately 70% of the general population experience a traumatic event in their lifetime. Our group focuses on groups that experience complex trauma including developmental trauma, transgenerational and intergenerational trauma, and collective trauma. This may include:
- Populations that experience chronic adversity, such as those exposed to racism and discrimination, poverty and homelessness.
- Military personnel and their families.
- First responders.
- Substance use treatment populations.
- Refugees and people in the process of seeking protection.
- People affected by, or involved in, criminal behaviour.
Schedule of Meetings
The group meets bi-monthly and provides researchers with opportunities for mentoring, peer review and collaboration.
Meetings are held on a Thursday, 11-12 noon, either online or at Campbelltown or Parramatta campuses, and followed by lunch.
Students interested in pursuing research in the area are most welcome to attend.
27th Oct 2021 – The Trauma and Resilience Research Group held an introductory webinar on traumatic stress research as part of Western’s Research Week. You can watch the recording above or download the presentation slides. (opens in a new window)