Jennifer Freyd (Clinical, Psychology of Trauma)


Office: 233 Franklin Building
Phone Number: (541) 346-4950
E-mail address: jjfatuoregon [dot] edu
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Research Interests and Publications:

Dr. Freyd and her students investigate the causes and impact of interpersonal violence and institutional betrayal on mental and physical health, behavior, and society.  Freyd’s research with adult and child participants investigates predictions made by betrayal trauma theory.  Analysis of evolutionary pressures and developmental needs suggests that victims of abuse may remain completely or partially unaware of abuse and betrayal, not to reduce suffering, but rather to maintain an attachment with a person (or institution) vital to survival, development, and thriving. Highlighting social relations and trust as central to traumatic stress has challenged existing beliefs about the psychology of trauma and generates novel testable predictions.  Current projects include studies of betrayal trauma as it relates to dissociation in children, gender differences in mental health, shame proneness, borderline personality characteristics, hallucinations, self-injury, revictimization, generosity, appraisals of traumatic events, disclosures of abuse, physical health problems, and institutional betrayal.

Selected Publications:

Freyd, J.J., & Birrell, P.J. (2013). Blind to Betrayal. John Wiley & Sons.

Smith, C.P., & Freyd, J.J. (2013). Dangerous Safe Havens: Institutional Betrayal Exacerbates Sexual Trauma. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 119-124.

Klest, B., Freyd, J.J., & Foynes, M.M. (2013). Trauma exposure and posttraumatic symptoms in Hawaii: Gender, ethnicity, and social context. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5, 409-416.

Martin, C.G., Cromer, L.D., DePrince, A.P., & Freyd, J.J. (2013). The role of cumulative trauma, betrayal, and appraisals in understanding trauma symptomatology. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5, 110-118.

Tang, S.S., & Freyd, J.J. (2012). Betrayal trauma and gender differences in posttraumatic stress. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 4, 469-478.

Goldsmith, R., Freyd, J.J., & DePrince, A.P. (2012). Betrayal trauma: Associations with psychological and physical symptoms in young adults. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27, 547-567.

Foynes, M.M. & Freyd, J.J. (2011). The Impact of Skills Training on Responses to the Disclosure of Mistreatment. Psychology of Violence, 1, 66-77.

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