|Pictured are Psychology Department Chair, Dr. Donna Thomas, |
Dr. Guler Boyraz, and Dean Don Schillinger of the COE
Guler Boyraz, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Louisiana Tech University. She received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Memphis. Her research focuses on understanding the personal, social, and cultural factors that affect individuals’ responses adversity, with a particular emphasis on traumatic life experiences, such as exposure to violence, childhood maltreatment, bereavement, and life-threatening illnesses. She is interested in exploring the risk factors that contribute to negative psychological outcomes following adverse life events. In addition, she is exploring the protective factors (e.g., personal, social, or cultural resources, or coping mechanisms) that promote resilience in the face of adversity to inform prevention and intervention efforts that are aimed at fostering resilience and positive psychological outcomes in vulnerable populations. Dr. Boyraz’s research in this area has resulted in numerous publications and presentations, many of which are co-authored with students.
Congratulations, Dr. Boyraz, on this noteworthy accomplishment!