Brianna Delker, PhD

she/her/hers, Associate Professor

Research Interests

trauma, interpersonal violence, abuse, cultural stigma, trauma narratives

Current Courses

PSY 278: Psychology of Trauma (Summer, WesternOnline)
PSY 305: Scientific Thinking and Writing
PSY 306: Research Methods & Statistical Analysis: Correlational Approaches
PSY 351: Interventions in Adult Mental Health
PSY 400: Trauma Research
PSY 451: Seminar in Mental Health Topics
PSY 586: Scholarship & Communication II: Writing

Selected Publications

*denotes student under Dr. Delker’s research supervision

Delker, B. C., Michel*, P. K., Turner*, K., & McLean, K. C. (2022). Perceptions of physical, sexual, and psychological violence stories: A registered report study. Collabra: Psychology, 8(1): 36330.

Adams-Clark, A., Gómez, J. M., Gobin, R., Noll, L. K., & Delker, B. C. (2021). Impact of interpersonal, family, cultural, and institutional betrayal on adult survivors of abuse. In R. Geffner, J. W. White, L. K. Hamberger, A. Rosenbaum, V. Vaughan-Eden, & V. I. Vieth (Eds.), Handbook of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan: A project of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV). New York: Springer Nature.

Delker, B. C. (2021). Interpersonal violence in context: A call to consider cultural stigma in theory and research on the psychology of trauma. In K. C. McLean (Ed.), Cultural Methods in Psychology: Describing and Transforming Cultures. New York: Oxford University Press.

McLean, K. C., Delker, B. C., Dunlop, W. L., Salton*, R., & Syed, M. (2020). Redemptive stories and those who tell them are preferred in the U.S. Collabra: Psychology, 6, 1-20.

Delker, B. C., Salton*, R., McLean, K. C., & Syed, M. (2020). Who has to tell their trauma story and how hard will it be? Influence of cultural stigma and narrative redemption on the storying of sexual violence. PLoS ONE, 15, 1-21.

Delker, B. C., Salton,* R., & McLean, K. C. (2020). Giving voice to silence: Empowerment and disempowerment in the developmental shift from trauma ‘victim’ to ‘survivor-advocate.’ Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 21, 242-263.

Delker, B. C., Smith, C. P., Rosenthal, M. N., Bernstein, R. E., & Freyd, J. J. (2018). When home is where the harm is: Family betrayal and posttraumatic outcomes in young adulthood. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 27, 720-743.