After a highly competitive application process, Stephanie Wells ’10 has received the honorable Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholar award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. One of the most prestigious awards of its kind in the field, the award was established in honor of Dr. Frank W. Putnam in recognition of his exemplary influence in the field of traumatic stress research, focus on children and families around the world, and years of mentoring others.
Wells’ project was a two-part study that examines where U.S. Veterans prefer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment (either at home or in-office) as well as the reasons behind their preference of treatment with a goal of better understanding the disorder and the Veterans’ mindset in receiving help.
“The goal of my study is to better understand what Veterans want, the factors that influence these decisions and their experiences with home-bases videoconferencing,” Wells says.
Since HWS, Wells has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Patricia Resick at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare systems. She also worked with Dr. Katherine Iverson on various projects surrounding intimate partner violence screenings in primary care settings within the VA Healthcare System. Since graduating from the Colleges, Wells has published 10 peer-reviewed articles, two of which were with HWS Associate Professor of Psychology Jamie Bodenlos, six book chapters, and 24 conference presentations.
Currently, Wells is a fourth-year clinical psychology Ph.D. student at San Diego State University and University of California San Diego’s joint doctoral program in clinical psychology. She is working with Dr. Leslie Morland. She also serves as co-vice chair of the student section for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors for International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Wells credits the HWS faculty for her success.
“My work with Drs. Jamie Bodenlos and Julie Kingery at HWS absolutely helped to prepare me for a career as a clinical psychologist. Their mentorship during my time as an undergraduate student was incredibly formative and I now have the privilege of being able to mentor several undergraduate students and strongly believe in “paying it forward” after my education at HWS.”
At HWS, Wells graduated magna cum laude in psychology. She earned a double minor in public policy and child advocacy, was a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and served as an Admissions Senior intern.