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.