The Institute for Trauma, Adversity, and Resilience in Higher Education
began as an interdisciplinary conference on Trauma and Learning in Post-Secondary Education hosted by MassBay Community College in 2012. With ongoing support from the college, it also receives funding from the federal Title III grant program. Founder and director Jeanie Tietjen teaches in the English department at MassBay, and earned her PhD from Brandeis University.
The Institute works towards understanding how trauma and adversity impact higher education by means of research, writing, professional development, and internal and external collaboration.
Current and recent work includes:
Trauma Advisory Group
The Trauma Advisory Group is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and administration at MassBay that provides feedback, insights, and assistance.
Liz Blumberg, Dean of Students
Phoebe Bustamante, Director of Accessibility
Clarissa Codington, Assistant Professor of English
Courtney DeGeorge, Assistant Professor of English
Abigail Detweiler, Title III Program Administrator
Jon Edwards, Director of Counseling Services
Judith Elliston, Professor and Department Chair Science
Sean Fortney, Assistant Director, Academic and Transfer Advising
Heidi Getchell-Bastien, Associate Professor Criminal Justice and Government
Carolyn Guttilla, Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Department
Courtney Jackson, Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Nina Keery, Dean of Humanities and Social Science
Liz Kinsman, SUCCESS Initiative Manager
Sue Maggioni, Dean of Business and Professional Studies
Katie McGrath, Professor of English
Deborah O’Dowd, Assistant Professor Health Sciences
ShaQuan Read, LMHC, Adjunct Faculty
Samaria Stallings, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Rhian Waterberg, Associate Director of Admissions Health Sciences
Meredith Watts, Professor of Sciences
Trauma Research Intern
Madison Colleton is a student at MassBay Community College with a focus in criminal justice. Her Honors research writing and poster presentation explored aspects of service dog training by individuals currently incarcerated. Currently, she is creating an annotated bibliography of college and university websites that offer resources on trauma-informed education.