Jennifer Gomez

Jennifer Gomez

Jennifer Gomez


Dr. Gómez is not recruiting graduate students in clinical psychology for Fall 2021. Consequently, I likely will not be able to respond to prospective students' emails this cycle.


Deadline: 1 December 2020

Tentative Timeline:

- 1 December 2020: deadline
- End of January 2021: invitation to campus interviews
- Clinical Campus Interview Day: February 2021
- Alternate Clinical Campus Interview Day: February 2021

See Prospective Students section for more details:


Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez, National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow (2019) and Ford Fellow (2015-16; 2018-19), is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI) at Wayne State University. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2017 from University of Oregon. She has published 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, scholarly writings, and pieces for the general public. Additionally, she is the lead co-editor of a special issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation—Discrimination, Violence, & Healing in Marginalized Communities (anticipated publication date: Spring 2021). She also is a Board Member and Chair of the Research Committee for the Center for Institutional Courage, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming institutional approaches and responses to trauma and inequality. Her research has been recognized by the National Academy of Sciences and funded by the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs and Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR). By focusing on societal inequality’s role on the impact of violence for marginalized youth, young adults, and elders, Dr. Gómez uses her cultural betrayal trauma theory to both document harm and identify avenues of hope and healing for youth, families, communities, institutions, and society.

See Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Discrimination, Violence, & Healing in Marginalized Communities (Lead Co-Editor) call for submissions:

See Center for Institutional Courage (Board Member):

See The Conversation article on cultural betrayal trauma theory:

See website: 

See Twitter: @JenniferMGmez1



  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition Program, Wayne State University, 2017-19
  • Ph.D., (Clinical) Psychology, University of Oregon, 2017
  • APA-Accredited Clinical Internship: Charleston Consortium Internship Training Program—Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) & Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)- Traumatic Stress Track, 2016-17
  • M.S., Psychology, University of Oregon, 2012
  • B.A., Psychology, San Diego State University, summa cum laude, 2011

Areas of Expertise

clinical psychology; cultural betrayal trauma theory; betrayal trauma theory; institutional betrayal; trauma psychology; child sexual abuse; campus sexual violence; youth/young adults; Black/African Americans; cultural minorities; discrimination; cultural competency & humility


Principle Investigator

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine; $45,000

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine; $25,000

Special Advisor

Michigan Humanities Council: Taking the Stage—The Changing Voice of Opera & Dance; PI: Michigan Opera Theatre; $15,000


Research Focus


Dr. Gómez is dedicated to contributing work that has implications for people who are subjected to both discrimination and interpersonal trauma (i.e.., physical, sexual, and emotional abuse). Specifically, her research focuses on the effects of interpersonal trauma in Black and other minority youth and young adults. In creating cultural betrayal trauma theory, she includes interpersonal trauma in conjunction with discrimination to examine mental, cultural, and behavioral health outcomes in marginalized populations.

For example, in cultural betrayal trauma theory, Dr. Gómez proposes that if a Black girl is sexually assaulted by a Black boy, the outcomes of this trauma, such as PTSD, are impacted by both the victim and perpetrator experiencing oppression in society.

As such, cultural betrayal trauma theory provides a testable framework for examining the differential impact of inequality for minority youth who experience trauma.

See short video of Dr. Gómez explaining cultural betrayal trauma theory:

Current Projects:

The HOPE Lab
We use Cultural Betrayal Trauma Theory (CBTT) as a framework for researching the impact of violence in the context of inequality in youth and young adults in order to identify avenues of hope & healing for individuals, families, communities, and society.

PI: Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez

Data Collection (January 2020)
Validation study of the Cultural Betrayal Multidimensional Inventory for Black American Young Adults (ages 18-29). The validation manuscripts will likely be spoken for, but data with the various measures (cultural betrayal trauma, mental health outcomes, internalized prejudice, racial identity, etc.) will be rife for projects.

Collaborators: Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez & Dr. Lars Johnson,WSU I/O Psychology Faculty

Data Collection (February 2020)
CBTT, Suicidality, Disclosure, & Coping in Black, South Asian, and White Young Adults

Collaborators/Intellectual Contributors: Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez, Dr. Sierra Carter, and graduate students--Daeja Marzette, Zuni Jilani, and Ifrah Sheikh

Data Collection (February 2020+)
Cultural Betrayal Trauma as a Novel Social Determinant of Cardiovascular Disease among Urban African American Elders

Co-PIs: Dr. Samuele Zilioli & Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez


Data Set
CBTT in Diverse College Students of Color

PI: Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez

Upcoming Projects
CBTT in Multiracial Youth and Young Adults

Collaborators: Graduate student, Daeja Marzette, and Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez

Research Opportunities
Graduate students are involved in research through:

- collaborating on current projects
- adding measures to data collections
- earning the opportunity to lead projects that incorporate constructs of interest with a focus on CBTT in marginalized youth and young adults.


Board of Directors

Center for Institutional Courage
501(c)3 non-profit organization
President: Jennifer Freyd, Ph.D.
Board Member


Editorial Experience:

Co-Editor: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Special Issue on Discrimination, Violence, and Healing in Marginalized Communities

Member: Editorial Board, Psychology of Violence

Member: Editorial Board, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
Member: Student Editorial Board, Child Maltreatment

Co-Editor: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Special Issue on Self Injury & Suicidality: The Impact of Trauma & Dissociation 16(3) – Spring 2015

Ad-Hoc Reviewer:

Journal of Traumatic Stress
Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy

Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma
Psychology of Violence
Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Violence Against Women

Violence & Victims
Developmental Psychology (co-reviewer)
Child Maltreatment (co-reviewer)
Ethnicity & Health
Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

Courses Taught


Wayne State University

Psych 2030, Statistical Methods in Psychology, 3 credits, Fall 2020


Psych 2030, Statistical Methods in Psychology, 3 credits, Winter 2020
Psych 7240, Ethics & Diversity, 1 credit, Winter 2020


University of Oregon. All undergraduate courses
Courses Taught:
1. Psychopathology (solo instructor/co-instructor)
2. Statistical Methods in Psychology (lab instructor)

Guest Lectures in the Following Courses:
1. Prevention of Violence (1): Sexual Violence at College: From Betrayal and Inequality to Research and Action
2. Psychology of Trauma (4): Cultural Betrayal Trauma Theory
3. Culture & Mental Health (3): Cultural Betrayal Trauma Theory; Introduction to Cultural Competency; The Sociocultural Context of Psychosis
4. Mind & Society [Introductory Psychology] (2): Introduction to Adult Psychopathology
5. Psychopathology (2): Cultural Betrayal Trauma Theory; Introduction to Cultural Competency


Honors and Awards

National Awards/Honors:


Invited plenary panelist at the 1st Annual National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine Action Collaborative to Prevent & Address Sexual Harassment in Higher Ed Summit

Invited attendee to the 2019 Conference of Ford Fellows: Empowered Scholarship: Engaging with the World, Connecting with Each Other

Invited attendee to The Critical-Interdisciplinary Sexual Violence Research Summit; funded by the Spencer Foundation Conference Grant

Invited attendee to the 2019 National Academy of Sciences 30th Annual U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium

Trainee Award for the National Science Foundation [NSF] Summer Course on Grant Writing in the Social, Economic, and Behavioral Sciences (SCG)

Trainee Award for the 2018 Summer Training Institute for Research in Child Abuse and Neglect, funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Top 10 Most Cited Article of 2016 in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy

American Psychological Association (APA) Division 56 Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Trauma Psychology: Cultural Betrayal Trauma Theory

National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID): Diversity Scholars Network- Invited Member

Richard Kluft Award for Journal of Trauma & Dissociation 2016 Best Article

WSU Awards/Honors:

Wayne State University Graduate School PostDoctoral Research Award

Wayne State University Certificate of Appreciation for Efforts in Building an Inclusive Community

Wayne State University Spotlight on Postdoctoral Scholar Series Feature


For a complete list, see Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae here:


Gómez, J. M. (2020). Trainee perspectives on relational cultural therapy and cultural competency in supervision of trauma cases. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 30, 60-66. doi: 10.1037/int0000154

Gómez, J. M., & Gobin, R. L. (2020). Black women and girls & #MeToo: Rape, cultural betrayal, & healing. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 82, 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s11199-019-01040-0

Gómez, J. M. (2019). Group dynamics as a predictor of dissociation for Black victims of violence: An exploratory study of cultural betrayal trauma theory. Transcultural Psychiatry, 56, 878-894. doi: 10.1177/1363461519847300


Gómez, J. M. (2019). Isn’t it all about victimization? (Intra)cultural pressure and cultural betrayal trauma in ethnic minority college women. Violence Against Women, 25, 1211-1225. doi: 10.1177/1077801218811682

Gómez, J. M. (2019). What’s the harm? Internalized prejudice and intra-racial trauma as cultural betrayal among ethnic minority college students. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89, 237-247. doi: 10.1037/ort0000367

Gómez, J. M. (2018). What's in a betrayal? Trauma, dissociation, and hallucinations among high-functioning ethnic minority emerging adults. Advanced online publication. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2018.1494653

Gómez, J. M., & Freyd, J. J. (2018). Psychological outcomes of within-group sexual violence: Evidence of cultural betrayal. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, 20, 1458-1467. doi: 10.1007/s10903-017-0687-0

*Gómez, J. M., Lewis, J. K, Noll, L. K., Smidt, A. M., & Birrell, P. J. (2016). Shifting the focus: Nonpathologizing approaches to healing from betrayal trauma through an emphasis on relational care. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation [Special Section], 17, 165-185. doi: 10.1080/15299732.2016.1103104

*Winner of Richard P. Kluft Award for Journal of Trauma & Dissociation 2016 Best Article

*Gómez, J. M., Kaehler, L. A., & Freyd, J. J. (2014). Are hallucinations related to betrayal trauma exposure? A three-study exploration. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy, 6, 675-682. doi: 10.1037/a0037084

* Top 10 Most Cited Article of 2016 in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy

Book Chapters:

Gómez, J. M. (2020). Exposure to discrimination, cultural betrayal, and intoxication as a Black female graduate student applying for tenure-track faculty positions. In Y. F. Niemann, G. Gutierrez y Muhs, & C. G. Gonzalez, Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, & Resistance of Women in Academia (pp. 204-214). Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado.

Gobin, R. L., & Gómez, J. M. (2020). The cultural context of sexual assault and its consequences among ethnic minority women. In R. Geffner, V. Vieth, V. Vaughan-Eden, A. Rosenbaum, L. K. Hamberger, & J. White, (Eds.), Handbook of Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan. New York City, NY: Springer/National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV). 

Gómez, J. M., & Freyd, J. J. (2019). Betrayal/trauma. In J. J. Ponzetti (Ed.), Macmillan Encyclopedia of Intimate and Family Relationships: An Interdisciplinary Approach (pp. 79-82). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning Inc.

Public Scholarship:

Gómez, J. (2019, November 7). Live up to your mission, UO. The Register-Guard. Retrieved from

Gómez, J. M. (2019, September 13). Navigating the dialectic of privilege and oppression. Inside Higher Ed Conditionally Accepted Blog. Retrieved from

Gómez, J. M. (2019, May 13). The unique harm of sexual abuse in the Black community. The Conversation. Retrieved from

Gómez, J. M. (2018, December 6). Black women and #MeToo: The violence of silencing. The Black Commentator, 767. Retrieved from

Gómez, J. M. (2018, February 16). A time for arrogance: A minority scholar describes the challenges she experienced on the academic job market. Inside Higher Ed Conditionally Accepted Blog. Retrieved from /2018/02/16/minority-scholar-describes-challenges-she-experienced-academic-job-market-opinion

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