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Empowering Human Resilience Through Scientific Discovery and Strength-Based Innovation

Empowering Human Resilience Through Scientific Discovery and Strength-Based Innovation

Our Mission is to advance knowledge of human resilience by pursuing basic science on adaptation and discovery of strength-based solutions through innovative and interdisciplinary research, education, and community engagement. We will transform care and change the scientific dialogue from one of illness and disability to one of strength and empowerment.

The Trauma, Health and Hazards center has be subsumed by the NIHR. While navigating the site, you may see past information from the THHC. Click Here to find out the latest about what's happening in the NIHR, and past news from the THHC!

 

NIHR News and Events & Past THHC News

News and Events Archive

Our next Trauma Training Program for Professionals Course starts on August 23rd. Click here for more information and directions on how to sign up!
Dr. Charles Benight was interviewed by Joanna Bean, Director of Alumni Relations, where Dr. Benight talks about 5 things you need to know about the NIHR and the GRIT programs. Click here to learn more!
GRIT-4ED training is now available! GRIT-4ED is designed specifically for educators and those working the school and education environment. The purpose of this training is to teach supportive, coping skills for colleagues, families, and students in our school communities. Click here to learn more. To sign up for the training, click here.
GRIT-LEAD training is now available! GRIT-LEAD is designed specifically for leaders and small business owners, giving strategies around supporting employees, managing in a new environment, and how to assist employees in the back-to-work transition.Click here to learn more. To sign up for the training, click here.
Dr. Charles Benight and Dr. Joe Ruzek were featured in an article in The Atlantic, titled, "This Is Not a Normal Mental-Health Disaster." The article outlines the psychological effects that the public is experiencing due to COVID-19. Click here to read the article!
An article was recently published highlighting Dr. Mary Hayden & Colleague's research intersecting impacts of extreme heat and COVID-19. Click here to learn more!
Check out our latest GRIT video, where Dr. Charles Benight interviews Yemi Mobalade, a Small Business Development Administrator for the City of Colorado Springs, on Spiritual Wellness. Click here to view!
Click here to view the May 2020 Newsletter for the National Institute for Human Resilience to find out about what we have been up to lately!
CU Medical School Grand Rounds has recently featured Dr. Charles Benight, Dr. Steven Berkowitz, Dr. Brook Griese, and Dr. Neill Epperson in a presentation about mental health in the time of COVID-19. Click here to watch the presentation!
Dr. Charles Benight has been featured in "CU on the Air" Podcast. Host Ken McConnellogue talks with Dr. Benight about the GRIT initiative. Click here to listen!
The NIHR has recently developed the GRIT (Greater Resilience Intervention Teams) Training Program to help train volunteers in the community to promote wellness and resilience to fellow community members in the wake of the stress caused by COVID-19 click here to sign up!
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Interested in learning more about how to cope during the COVID-19 Pandemic? GRIT (Greater Resilience Intervention Teams) is a toolkit that was developed by the NIHR to vastly expand the capacity of our community to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as future disasters. Visit here to learn more!
We are excited to announce that Ph.D students Julie Hurd and Amanda Devane presented at the Mountain Lion Graduate Slam 3 Minute Thesis Competition on January 31st, 2020. Great job! To view photos and video presentations from the event, see below!
 
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To view Julies presentation, click here
 
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To view Amanda's presentation, click here
 
Click here to view the video from Dr. Carol Keane's presentation - Regulate, Relate, Recover (RRR)
Participate in UCCS Research! The THHC is recruiting research participants for a study on a Trauma Website. If you are interested, please call 719-255-3715 or email suppnet@uccs.edu. View the research flyer here for more information
Researcher Dr. Mary Hayden has recently started on a new project involving ticks and Lyme disease! Click here to view details
We are excited to announce that Kristi Samuelson and colleagues recently published a paper! Below is the citation of the paper and the online PDF Click here to learn more!
Students and researches from the Trauma, Health & Hazards Center at UCCS presented current research at ISTSS 35th annual meeting. Click here to learn more!
The next Trauma Training Program starts on January 20th, 2020! Click here to learn more!
Dr. David Griffin will be presenting in Berger hall on Friday, December 6th, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Dr. Griffin was the engineer of the first-arriving engine for the Charleston 9, where 9 firefighters perished in a warehouse fire. Dr. Griffin will relate how this experience changed education and training on a national level. Click here to learn more!
Join us for a talk presented by Dr. Carol Keane on Wednesday, November 20th, from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Information on the talk can be found below! Click here to learn more!
Graduate students from both Charles Benight and Kristi Samuelson's lab are preparing to present their posters at the ISTSS 35th Annual Meeting. Congratulations and good luck, students! Click here to learn more!
Dr. Charles Benight, Colin Mahoney, and Shannon Lynch, recently published a paper in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence titled, "The Indirect Effect of Coping Self-Efficacy on the Relation Between Sexual Violence and PTSD Symptoms." Click here to learn more!
We are excited to announce that Kristi Samuelson's lab has two new publications authored by students! Below are citations of the papers and online PDF's. Click here to learn more!
On Saturday, October 5th, students from Charles Benight's research lab attended the TESSA 5k run! The run allowed survivors to run together in solidarity, with the support of friends, family, and the community. THHC provided resources and research opportunities to survivors while also participating in the run directly. Below are pictures from the event featuring Julie Hurd and Margaret Morrison. Click here to learn more!
Join us for our resilient families groups below! These groups are for parents/caregivers and their teens who want to learn more about ways to build family resilience after experiencing trauma. Look at the flyers below for more information! Click here to learn more!
We are excited to welcome Sudhanshu Kumar Semwal, Ph.D., as a new affilate with the THHC! Dr. Semwal is currently a Professor of Computer Science and a Director of the Honors Program at UCCS. He is interested in virtual reality and connecting with Trauma. You can view Dr. Semwal's Faculty page by clicking here. Welcome, Dr. Semwal!
We are pleased to announce that Krista Engle, fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology Phd program (Trauma track), has received the ISTSS Travel Award! This award is given to help assist students with travel costs to the ISTSS annual conference. Krista will be presenting a poster examining physiological markers assessed during a trauma trigger as predictors of PTSD development longitudinally. Click here to learn more about the conference!
We are pleased to announce that Krista Engle, fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology Phd program (Trauma track), has received the ISTSS Putnam Award! Awardees are selected from student members who are judged to have the potential to make the greatest contribution to the field of traumatic stress. Click here to learn more about the award!
UCCS Trauma,Health and Hazards Center July Newsletter – we are excited to share this with you! Click Here
Next online TRAUMA TRAINING FOUNDATION I course starts August 26th. For registration instructions Click Here. For more info on online courses Click Here
UCCS Trauma,Health and Hazards Center February Newsletter – we are excited to share this with you! Click Here
The Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic was awarded a one-year grant from the Colorado Springs Health Foundation to develop programming for at-risk teens (12 and older) and their parents. “Resilient Teens” and “Resilient Parents” are two new 6-8 week groups that will be launched in Summer, 2019, for parents and teens who have experienced trauma. For more information, contact VHTC Director Kathryn Dosch at 719-255-8003.
Check out the THHC's new Trauma Training for Professionals Program! The class begins on March 11th, 2019 (Last day to register) and ends on May 6th, 2019. To learn more about the class and how to apply, click here! Click Here 
Dr. Charles Benight, Director of the Trauma, Health and Hazards Center, has been featured in an article by Communique! To learn more about Dr. Benight and why he does what he does Click Here 
Introducing the THHC's new podcast "Eye of the Storm" focusing on resilience and how individuals cope with trauma and contribute to the empowerment of others. Please enjoy our first episode "Trauma, Asylum Seeking, and the Dilley Pro Bono Project" featuring Dr. Kristin Samuelson.  Click Here to listen to the podcast!
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Resilience in our First Responder Community: A Wellness Event! Check it out Friday, November 16th, 2018. Click Here for more information
Dr. Lisa Brenner gave a presentation on: TBI, Negative Psychiatric Outcomes, and Novel Intervention Strategies. Information from the event can be found here!
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UCCS Trauma,Health and Hazards Center October Newsletter – we are excited to share this with you! Click Here
UCCS Trauma,Health and Hazards Center June Newsletter – we are excited to share this with you! Click Here
UCCS Communique Article: Headstrong, UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic offer expanded access for veterans - Click Here
CMT competition - Amanda's presentation
CMT competition - Alisa's presentation
News5 Video Interview with Dr. Valerie Anderson
UCCS Trauma,Health and Hazards Center March Newsletter – we are excited to share this with you! Click Here
Click here to find out the latest about what’s happening in the THHC  – we are excited to share this with you! MORE
Our own Pamela Weisman receives the Outstanding Clinical Psychology Masters Student Award from the Psychology Society for the Pikes Pea k Region! Way to go Pamela! (Pamela is pictured here with Dr. Charles Benight at the event)
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