Sheela Raja

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    College: Dentistry Department: Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
    Secondary Department: Medical Education
    Title: Director of Clinical Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Resilience Center, Associate Professorofessor
    Office: 304A Phone: 3-0559
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Training healthcare providers (e.g., dentists, physicians) on providing effective and sensitive care for survivors of traumatic events (e.g., sexual assault, domestic violence, combat, community violence). Understanding the prevalence of traumatic events in patients who present in various medical settings. The relationship between traumatic events and physical health symptoms, particularly engagement in preventive healthcare services. Psychological and societal factors that promote resilience in survivors of traumatic events.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 4

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Minimum GPA of 3.5. Preference to honors college students and those who are in their Junior and Senior years. Students in the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology), public health, women's studies or related fields are encouraged to apply. Students who plan to apply to medical or dental school who have a background/interest in behavioral science or public health are encouraged to apply. Student should have a strong interest in post-traumatic stress disorder and/or health service delivery and training.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Students can help collect self-report surveys at various UIC clinics(located on the west side of campus). Students will help with data entry, literature searches, and other coordinating tasks. Students who have strong contributions to the project may have the opportunity for publications and presentations.

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