Student NameOllie Trac
Faculty Mentor NameDr. Della Mosley
CollegeCollege of Liberal Arts and Science
MajorPsychology
MinorDisabilities in Society, Theories and Politics of Sexuality, Health Disparities
Research InterestsHealth Disparities, Advocating for Queer and Trans People of Color, Advocating for Marginalized Populations
OrganizationsWELLS Healing & Research Collective, Peaceful Paths, Queer Cultivation Program
Hobbies and InterestsReading, Writing, and Painting

Research Project

Trauma Narratives of People of Color: A Qualitative Analysis of Involuntary Hospitalization

The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of People of Colors’ traumatic experiences being involuntarily hospitalized.

Specifically, I aim to answer the following research questions:
1. What are the key moments People of Color describe as contributing to a “traumatic” involuntary hospitalization?
2. How do People of Color make sense of this experience?

This study seeks to fill this gap in the literature by qualitatively exploring the processes deemed traumatic to People of Color who have been hospitalized without their consent. The ultimate aim is to develop an increased awareness of both the “what” and “how” related to trauma in the context of an involuntary hospitalization for this understudied population.