Faculty Profile

Christina M. Hassija, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Education:
    • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Wyoming, 2011
    • M.A. Clinical Psychology, California State University Northridge, 2006
    • B.A. Psychology, California State University Northridge, 2004

Contact Information

Research and Teaching Interests:

Teaching: Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 390), Psychopathology of Childhood (PSYC 391), Community Disaster, Trauma, and Resilience (PSYC 619), Community and Public Mental Health (PSYC 618)

Research: My research interests lie within the area of trauma and associated mental health conditions, such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). My research activities focus on elucidating mechanisms of vulnerability and resilience among interpersonal violence and combat populations. As a natural progression of this work, my research efforts also include the development and dissemination of evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD that are designed to improve resilience capacities and alleviate posttraumatic distress. Specific interests include:

  • Psychological and emotional consequences of sexual assault and intimate partner violence
  • Risk and resilience factors in PTSD following interpersonal trauma (e.g., cognitive appraisals, coping, social support, disclosure to support networks)
  • Meaning making and posttraumatic growth in trauma-exposed individuals
  • Dissemination of evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD via telemedicine
  • Implementation and development of evidence-based psychotherapies for community sexual assault and intimate partner violence populations


Refereed Journal Articles:

Hassija, C. M., Garvert, D., & Cloitre, M. (in press). Brief Report: Symptoms of PTSD, coping strategies, and social adjustment among survivors of early life interpersonal trauma. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma.

Hassija, C. M., & Turchik, J. A. (in press). An examination of disclosure, mental health treatment use and posttraumatic growth among college women who experienced sexual victimization. Journal of Loss and Trauma.

Gray, M., Hassija, C. M., Jaconis, M., Barrett, C., Zheng, P., Steinmetz, S. & James, T. (2015). Provision of evidence-based therapies to rural survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault via telehealth: Treatment outcomes and clinical training benefits. Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

Stappenbeck, C. A., Hassija, C. M., Zimmerman, L., & Kaysen, D. (2015). Sexual assault related distress and drinking: The influence of daily reports of social support and coping control. Addictive Behaviors, 42, 108-113.

Turchik, J. A., & Hassija, C. M. (2014). Female college students’ experiences of sexual violence: Assault severity, health risk behaviors, and sexual functioning. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29, 2439-2457.

Hassija, C. M., & Gray, M. J. (2013). Adaptive variants of controllability attributions among sexual assault survivors. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 6, 342-357.

Hassija, C. M., Jakupcak, M., & Gray, M. J. (2012). Numbing and dysphoria symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans: A review of findings and implications for treatment. Behavior Modification, 36, 834-856.

Paul, L. A., Hassija, C. M., & Clapp, J. D. (2012). Technological advances in the treatment of trauma: A Review of promising practices. Behavior Modification, 36, 897-923.

Hassija, C. M., & Gray, M. J. (2012). Negative social reactions to assault disclosure as a mediator between self-blame and posttraumatic stress symptoms among victims of interpersonal assault. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27, 3425-3441.

Hassija, C. M., Jakupcak, M., Maguen, S., & Shipherd, J. C. (2012). The influence of combat and interpersonal trauma exposure on post-deployment clinical outcomes in gulf war and OEF/OIF women veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 216-219.

Hassija, C. M., Luterek, J. A., Naragon-Gainey, K., & Simpson, T. L. (2011). Impact of emotional approach coping and hope on PTSD and depression symptoms in a trauma-exposed sample of veterans receiving outpatient VA mental health care services. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 25, 559-573.

Lagana’, L., & Hassija, C. (2011). Bodily pain and coping styles among four geriatric age groups of multiethnic women. Journal of Health Psychology, 17, 545-555.

Hassija, C. M., & Gray, M. J. (2011). The effectiveness and feasibility of videoconferencing technology to provide evidence-based treatment to rural domestic violence and sexual assault populations. Telemedicine and e-Health, 17, 309-315.

Hassija, C. M., & Gray, M. J. (2010). Are cognitive techniques and interventions necessary? A case for the utility of cognitive approaches in the treatment of PTSD. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 17, 112-125.

Hassija, C. M., & Gray, M. J. (2009). Telehealth-based exposure therapy for motor vehicle accident-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 8, 84-94

Hassija, C. M., & Gray, M. J. (2007). Behavioral interventions for trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 3, 166-175.

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries:

Hassija, C. M. (in press) Sexual assault. In Carlson, J., & Dermer, S. (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE

Hassija, C. M., & Cloitre, M. (2013). A treatment approach to promoting resilience: The skills training in affective and interpersonal regulation (STAIR) narrative model. In M. Kent, M. C. Davis, & Reich, J. W. (Eds.), The Resilience Handbook: Approaches to Stress and Trauma. New York: Taylor & Francis

Gray, M., Hassija, C., Gantenbein, R., Wolverton, R., James, T, & Robinson, B. (2010). Utilization of distal technologies to meet the needs of rural survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault In S. J. Egan (Ed.), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Causes, Symptoms and Treatment (pp.189-198). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Hassija, C. M., & Gray, M. J. (2008). Attributions and trauma. In G. Reyes, J. D. Elhai, & J. D. Ford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of psychological trauma. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.