Cynthia Eriksson is associate professor of psychology and has been a member of the School of Psychology faculty since 2000. She participates in the Headington Program in International Trauma at Fuller.
Eriksson has done trauma training, research, and consultation in Liberia, West Africa; Kobe, Japan; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Guatemala City, Guatemala; and Amman, Jordan. Her research is particularly focused on the needs of caregivers and the interaction of trauma and spirituality. Her most recent publication is an article titled “Social Support, Organisational Support, and Religious Support in relation to burnout in expatriate humanitarian aid workers” in the journal Mental Health, Religion, and Culture
. She has also completed research on risk and resilience and the exposure to stress in urban youth workers funded by Fuller’s Youth Institute
. Eriksson is currently working with colleagues in the U.S., Europe, and Africa on a longitudinal research project on stress in humanitarian aid workers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching:
Trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder; missionary mental health and self care; chronic stress and burnout in caregivers; spirituality and trauma reactions