Elana Newman, Ph.D. is the McFarlin Professor of Psychology, and Affiliate Faculty in Media Studies, University of Tulsa. She also serves as the Research Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and a Co-Director of the University of Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity and Injustice.
Her research has focused on psychological assessment of trauma, effects of many different types of trauma, substance abuse and trauma, disaster mental health, and ethics of trauma-focused research. With respect to journalism, she co-directed the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s’ first satellite office in NYC after 9-11.
Her scholarly work in journalism and trauma focuses on surveying and defining the field, the occupational health of journalists, the effects of journalistic practice upon consumers, and survivors’ reactions to being covered in the news. She directs the online searchable database of scholarly articles related to journalism and trauma available at the Dart Center website.
She also trains and consults with journalists about what important scientific knowledge about trauma should inform reporting about trauma, reporting practices, newsroom culture, and organizational policy to aid accurate compassionate, ethical, innovative reporting on trauma and resilient news professionals.
Dr. Newman has conducted training with journalists all over the world on relevant issues. She considers herself a journalist ally. Newman is a past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.