Historical Trauma Research

“Historical and Current Trauma: Examining Community Memories for the Health of a Nation” is a community-based participatory research study initiative by the Seneca Nation and the University of New Mexico—School of Medicine and Department of Family & Community Medicine.

Guided by Dr. Tassy Parker, Seneca community members participated in focus groups where dialogue around historical trauma took place. Moreover, Seneca community members received, filled out, and returned surveys with information regarding historical trauma. Results were collected and analyzed which showed statistically significant relationships to Historical Trauma and negative health outcomes in regards:

  • Mental health
  • Physical health
  • Emotional health

Further, the need for appropriate culturally-based interventions was a particular finding of this study.

For more information, contact Dr. Tassy Parker by phone 505-925-0776 or email TaParker@salud.unm.edu.