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Patricia A Frazier

Patricia A. Frazier

Patricia A Frazier

Psychology N218 Elt H 75 E River Rd

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My research interests lie at the interface of counseling psychology and social psychology. More specifically, I am interested in the application of social psychological theory and research to problems of concern to counseling psychologists.

Coping with Stressful Life Events – A major focus of my research is to identify factors associated with adjustment to stressful or traumatic life events. Some of this work has focused on specific events (e.g., sexual assault, bereavement, combat, terrorism, chronic medical conditions, relationship breakups) and some has focused on traumatic events more generally. Recent and ongoing projects examine predictors of the development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including pre-trauma characteristics of the individual, characteristics of the event, and posttrauma factors. One of the factors in which I am interested is individuals' perceptions of the amount of control they have over a traumatic event. Over the past few years, my students and I have conducted several studies designed to develop a measure of past, present, and future control over stressful or traumatic life events. I also am particularly interested in the effects of various forms of interpersonal trauma (e.g., divorce, betrayal).

Developing Innovative Interventions – In one project, funded by a 5-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, my colleagues and I are testing the effectiveness of two-video based interventions for sexual assault survivors seen in the emergency room at a county hospital in Minneapolis. We are assessing whether these interventions can facilitate postassault adjustment. In another multi-year study funded by the Department of Defense and the Veteran's Administration, my colleagues and I are testing the effectiveness of an internet-based writing intervention for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. We are assessing whether writing about traumatic events can facilitate readjustment to civilian life. Finally, we have developed a web-based interventions to increase perceived control and to help students cope with stress more effectively.


  • coping strategies
  • counseling and social psychology
  • postrape recovery
  • psychology and law
  • reactions to victimization, trauma
  • online interventions
  • social support and stressful life events
  • stress and health
  • victims and violence

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Minnesota, 1988.


  • Frazier, Patricia Ann (2003). Perceived control and distress following sexual assault: A longitudinal test of a new model. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 1257-1269.
  • Frazier, P.A., Kaler, M.E. Assessing the validity of self-reported stress-related growth. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 859-869.
  • Frazier, P., Tennen, H., Gavian, M., Park, C., Tomich, P., & Tashiro, T. (2009). Does self-reported post-traumatic growth reflect genuine positive change?. Psychological Science, 20, 912-919.
  • Frazier, P., Anders, S., Perera, S., Tomich, P., Tennen, H., Park, C., & Tashiro, T. (2009). Traumatic events among undergraduate students: Prevalence and associated symptoms. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56, 450-460.
  • Frazier, P., Gavian, M., Hirai, R., Park, C., Tennen, H., Tomich, P., & Tashiro, T. (2010). Prospective predictors of PTSD symptoms: Direct and mediated relations. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
  • Gunty, A., Frazier, P., Tennen, H., Tomich, P., Tashiro, T., & Park, C. (2011). Moderators of the relation between perceived and actual posttraumatic growth. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 3, 61-66.
  • Anders, S., Frazier, P., & Frankfurt, S. (2011). Variations in Criterion A and PTSD prevalence rates in a community sample of women.
  • Frazier, P., Keenan, N., Anders, S., Perera, S., Shallcross, S., & Hintz, S. (2011). Past, present, and future control and adjustment to stressful life events. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 749-765.
  • Sayer, N., Frazier, P., Orazem, R., Murdoch, M., Gravely, A., Carlson, K., Hintz, S., & Noorbaloochi, S. (in press). Military to Civilian: A Measure of Community Reintegration Difficulty among Veterans.


  • Early Career Scientist-Practitioner Award, Division17, American Psychological Association, 1996
  • Exemplary paper award, John Templeton Foundation, 1998
  • Fellow, Division 17 (Counseling Psychology), American Psychological Association, 1997
  • McKnight Land Grant Professorship, 1992 - 1994
  • National Institute of Health Award

Courses Taught

  • Psy 4993 - Directed Study: Special Areas of Psychology and Related Sciences, Stress Research
  • Psy 8993 - Directed Studies: Special Areas of Psychology and Related Sciences, Stress Research
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