Dr. Tracie Shea: Femme Extraordinaire

by Kindsey on March 16, 2014 - 6:26pm

Tracie Shea graduated from the Catholic University in 1981 with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology (VA). She worked for the National Institute of Mental Health as “chief of the Personality Disorders Program and Associate Coordinator of the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) Treatment of Depression Collaborative Research Program” (VA). Today, she teaches at Brown University in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior where she is director of the Clinical Assessment and Training Unit. Moreover, she works as a psychologist at the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Clinic for war veterans (Browns). In addition, Tracie Shea is an editor for the Journal of Personality Disorders.

She worked mainly on three subjects in her research: “personality traits and disorders, depression, and” PTSD (Browns).

Dr. Shea is now working on research for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders funded by the Department of Defense to develop a treatment for anger-related issues in PTSD in Iraq war veterans. Another part of research revolves around examining the symptoms of PTSD and which veterans are more favourable to get Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (VA).This research is just a branch of her research in personality disorder and a continuation of her studies of “personality traits” (Browns). She also does groups therapy for the PTSD affected veterans.

Her research can help many war heroes affected by mental disorders that were induced by the atrocities that they have seen. Moreover, knowing if someone is favourable to get PTSD might be useful in either choosing soldiers or simply helping them deal with the possibilities of what could happen. Although her research focuses on American veterans, if a treatment for PTSD is found anyone with this mental illness will be forever in her debt.

United States Department of Veteran Affairs. VA. VA. 7 Jan.2014. Web. 3 March. 2014. <http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/continuing_ed/presenters/shea.asp>

Browns University. Division of Biology and Medicine. Biomed Brown. 18 June. 2012. Web. 3 March. 2014. <https://biomed.brown.edu/facultydirectory/profile.php?id=1129578174>


I really like this post and Dr. Shea’s concern for PTSD in Iraqi War veterans. Even though the war is still currently going on there seems to be limited representation within the media and by having this article written by Dr. Shea reminds many people of the war still happening. Dr. Shea’s education, experience and research could help people who choose to join the military and determine the factors that could influence someone to get PTSD.

As you said, anyone who benefits from this research would be indebted to her; I believe this would also include other people who form PTSD from other tragic events in their lives besides war. Even though her research is focused on war veterans, Dr. Shea’s research could also shed some light onto other people’s experience of tragic events or initiate the further research of PTSD. By understanding some kind of common factors of people who suffer PTSD, Dr. Shea could also understand and explain ways of reducing the risk of getting PTSD. To me, this is a beneficial research adventure, but it is also hard to conceptualize because of the many social factors and humanistic views that go into making a decision of the commonalities of someone preordained to get PTSD.

I really like where you are going with the article and love and appreciate Dr. Shea’s research.

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