Elana Newman

McFarlin Professor of Psychology, University of Tulsa


Elana Newman, Ph.D. is the McFarlin Professor of Psychology, University of Tulsa, Research Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Co-director of the University of Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity and Injustice and a past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. Newman specializes in understanding and intervening to prevent or treat trauma-related conditions and training students and professionals about the skills they need to work effectively with people suffering from trauma-related problems.

Her scientific work in journalism and trauma has focused on understanding the occupational health of journalists and the effects of trauma-related journalistic practice upon consumers and facilitating interdisciplinary work in the area. Newman has worked with communities of journalists across the globe pre-disaster, post disaster, post-conflict and during dangerous times Haiti, Sri Lanka, and Mexico. She helps journalists learn about trauma science, best psychological practice for interviewing survivors, self-care and consider ways psychological knowledge may be relevant to journalistic practice. Newman co-directed the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma’s’ first satellite office in NYC after 9-11 to offer technical support to journalists covering these events.