At Nova Southeastern University (NSU)'s Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program (CATSP), our mission is to develop and implement best-practice psychological services for youth and families exposed to traumatic stress, bereavement, and other major life adversities and changes. Our areas of specialization include:
As a specialized training clinic, CATSP is supported by Dr. Christopher Layne’s Trauma and Bereavement Research Lab at Nova Southeastern University. Collaborative projects include:
Presentations at professional meetings, podcasts, and webinars on our work, including prolonged grief disorder, multidimensional grief theory, and assessment.
Trauma and Bereavement Research Lab
The Trauma and Bereavement Research Lab, led by clinical psychologist Christopher M. Layne, Ph.D., is a dedicated group of students enrolled in the PsyD and PhD clinical psychology programs housed in the Department of Clinical and School Psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Our research lab offers an apprenticeship-style learning experience in which Dr. Layne mentors students directly, providing hands-on guidance to help them excel in their respective areas of interest. Under Dr. Layne's tutelage, students gain valuable practical skills and knowledge in the fields of traumatic stress and bereavement, especially among children, adolescents, and young families. We help build the growing body of knowledge in these two rapidly evolving fields. By integrating academic pursuits with practical applications, we seek to not only advance principles of evidence-based practice and assessment in ways that meaningfully raise the standard of care for trauma-exposed and bereaved children. We also seek to become evidence-based practitioners who are well-prepared to join a national mental health workforce capable of meeting the urgent (and growing) demands for best-practice care in trauma-informed and bereavement-informed services. Lab activities focus on such topics as theory-building, test construction, naturalistic research, intervention development and evaluation, professional education and training, implementation and dissemination, and public advocacy.
Raising the Standard of Care in Two Fields (Childhood Traumatic Stress & Bereavement)
Our integrative approach aims to raise the standard of care in both the fields of childhood traumatic stress and childhood bereavement. A sample of current lab research projects includes:
Supporting the CATSP Specialty Training Clinic
The Trauma and Bereavement Research Lab also supports the Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program (CATSP) at Nova Southeastern University, which Dr. Layne also directs. CATSP offers a year-long training program for graduate students and interns in clinical psychology. The program offers specialized training in trauma-informed and bereavement-informed care for children, adolescents, and families. Some Trauma and Bereavement Research Lab members are former, current, or incoming CATSP trainees. Lab activities supporting the CATSP training clinic include:
Student Directed Study and Doctoral Dissertation Work
The Trauma and Bereavement Research Lab also provides a supportive environment for students who are passionate about developing their major papers. These include (for PsyD students) directed study projects, and (for PhD students) doctoral dissertation projects, both undertaken in a collaborative group format. Collaboration and mutual support are core lab values that help to raise the quality of students’ projects and contribute to the advancement of the field. Lab practices include:
The Trauma and Bereavement Research Lab aspires to be an enriching journey of research, collaboration, and personal growth for students. Together, we strive to advance the field and make a positive impact on the lives of children who have experienced trauma or loss.
Current (2022-2023) Research Lab Coordinators:
Ayesha Ahmad firstname.lastname@example.org
Blake A. Barrientos email@example.com
Sierra Kuhn firstname.lastname@example.org
Stevie Schapiro email@example.com
All clinical services offered through the Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program are conducted under the direction of licensed psychologists and clinical supervisors, who have over 50 years of combined clinical and research experience in the fields of traumatic stress, bereavement, and professional training and education.