Dr. Paul received her BA in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. She then went on to complete her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wyoming, in Laramie, WY, where she worked with Dr. Matt J. Gray. After completing her internship through the Charleston Consortium Internship Training Program, Dr. Paul completed a two-year National Institute of Mental Health-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center in Charleston, SC, with Dr. Kenneth J. Ruggiero. Following her fellowship, Dr. Paul accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professorship at Northern Illinois University (NIU), with a joint appointment at the Center for Family Violence and Sexual Assault in DeKalb, IL.
She is continuing her program of research related to trauma disclosure at NIU. In particular, Dr. Paul is interested in learning more about disclosure recipients, and the disclosure experience more broadly, in order to develop an intervention to best help people respond to a victim’s trauma disclosure. Her current research is focused on sexual assault victims, particularly college students. In addition to these projects, Dr. Paul has conducted other research regarding sexual assault-related beliefs and behaviors, including interventions designed to affect positive change among college men. She has also conducted studies in the area of trauma more broadly, including assisting with the development of online interventions to help veterans and disaster-exposed adolescents.
Dr. Paul is a licensed clinical psychologist. In addition to experience working with individuals in a variety of settings (e.g., inpatient psychiatric hospital, outpatient clinic, college counseling center) and with a range of presenting problems, particularly anxiety disorders, she has extensive training and experience in empirically-based practices to help trauma victims across the lifespan. She will be providing supervision to graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Program as they provide therapy through NIU’s Psychological Services Center.
With respect to teaching, Dr. Paul is currently teaching the Clinical Psychology Laboratory at NIU. She has primarily taught Research Methods-related courses and Abnormal Psychology. In addition to experience teaching undergraduate students, she has also worked with first-year medical students who were learning how to interview and interact with their patients.