Kim M. Anderson, UCF Professor in the School of Social Work and Public Affairs Doctoral Program, focuses on trauma recovery and resilience in populations impacted by violence. For 25 years she has practiced and conducted research in the trauma field. Her book Enhancing Resilience in Survivors of Family Violence (Anderson, 2010), provides empirical findings and conceptual insights for professionals to assist people affected by violence and oppression to cultivate their strengths and resilient capacities. The book’s findings are being used in training and in the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s on-line manual: Trauma-Informed Care: Best Practices and Protocols for Ohio’s Domestic Violence Programs, Second Edition, 2013. Dr. Anderson trains school personnel on CBITS (group intervention) and mental health professionals on TF-CBT (child-parent intervention). Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) are evidence-based interventions for youth with emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with violence exposure and trauma. In addition, Dr. Anderson has created a digital story curriculum for youth and adults impacted by violence and trained staff on this innovative narrative method. DS empowers individuals to address difficult experiences in a deliberate manner while giving them creative control and a variety of ways to tell the story. Such processing allows individuals to elaborate and organize their trauma memories while tolerating negative emotions associated with it.
Dr. Anderson takes mixed methods approach to the study of IPV and her published work is an exemplar for the Grounded Theory method. Across Dr. Anderson’s diverse research related to violence against women and children, she has explored risk and protective factors within an ecological context that are important factors influencing recovery processes and outcomes of IPV. Dr. Anderson’s translation research includes contextually-driven practice tools for victim service providers, child welfare workers, and mental health professionals to uncover sources of risk and expressions of resiliency for use in assessment, case formulation, and treatment planning for women and children experiencing IPV. She has worked with agencies to translate her research findings (related to trauma, trauma recovery and resilience in survivors of IPV) into culturally-centered advocacy and clinical practice in rural and Cherokee Native American populations.
- Assessment of trauma and recovery for survivors of violence
- Resilience and post-trauamtic growth in trauma populations
- Intimate partner violence - including rural and Native American populations
- Childhood exposure to domestic violence across the lifespan
- Digital Storytellng as a trauma narrative intervention