Quincy University’s Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, Asabi Afi Dean, Ph.D., in conjunction with Yi-Chun Lin, Ph.D., Tamkang University and Tiffany Stoner-Harris, Ph.D., Adler University, co-authored an article entitled “Don’t Wait Until She Dies: A Global Perspective of the Long-Term Effects of Trauma After Sexual Assault.”

In 2019, Dean co-conducted a workshop on the same topic, at the Asia Pacific Rim Confederation of Counsellors Conference, in Brisbane, Australia. Because of the workshop, the Counseling Australia Journal invited her and her colleagues to author a publication on the topic.

The article focuses on how psychological and emotional trauma is pervasive in both its effects on victims as well as in trauma’s effect on people around the globe. Psychological trauma affects every part of a victim’s life. It is important to know what trauma is, to know how victims can come to suffer from its symptoms and how trauma manifests in individuals across the lifespan. Understanding trauma across the lifespan and across cultures will be pertinent in the fight to intercede on some of the worst outcomes of trauma, including symptoms of numbing, dissociation, and ultimately suicide (Herman, 1997).

The article was published in Counselling Australia Journal, Volume 20, No. 4, (2019). Published quarterly, Counselling Australia is Australia’s premier journal for counselors and psychotherapists. The journal provides professionals with the latest research and industry news, also serving as a platform for peer-reviewed articles. Counselling Australia’s readership base is over 8,000 per edition, extending to tens of thousands across electronic editions. To read the full article, visit https://www.theaca.net.au/journals/ACAMagVol20No4Summer19.pdf

Dean is an assistant professor of counselor education in the School of Education at Quincy University and coordinator of the College Student Personnel track in the Masters of Education in Counseling Program. She earned her doctorate in counselor education and supervision from the University of Iowa, her master’s in community mental health counseling and her bachelor’s in psychology from Chicago State University. Dean has authored and co-authored several written pieces including, several published articles, a book chapter and countless conference presentations.  Dean’s research interests include mental and emotional trauma, college student development, multicultural counseling and national and state public policy.

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