Duke Divinity School and the Duke Office of Student Veterans will host "Veterans and Post-Traumatic Growth," a lecture by Jessica Kelley Morgan, Ph.D., a research psychologist at RTI International in the Division of Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Research. A pre-lecture reception only for student veterans and their family members will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in Alumni Memorial Common Room.
Duke Divinity School field education students attending the lecture will receive Mentoring for Ministry credit.
Morgan's work highlights the under-discussed concept of Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG), a compliment to the more commonly known Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The introduction of PTG nuances the conversation around the veteran experience, shedding an important light on the growth that can occur after traumatic events.
Her research areas are community psychology, health psychology, and positive psychology. Morgan's past projects include: "Combat Stress Casualty Reduction," "Promoting Strong Guard and Reserve Families," and "Relationships between Active and Avoidant Coping Behaviors and Mental Health Outcomes in Military Personnel." Her current project is "Sexual Consent and Communication."