Cynthia B. Eriksson

Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Clinical PsychologySchool of Psychology

Contact Information
626-396-6002
Education
BA, Wheaton College
MA, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

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 Monrovia, Liberia; Kobe, Japan; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Gulu, Uganda, and Amman, Jordan. Her research is particularly focused on the needs of cross-cultural aid or mission workers, as well as the interaction of trauma and spirituality. Her most recent publication is an article titled “Pre-deployment mental health and trauma exposure of expatriate humanitarian aid workers: Risk and resilience factors” published in Traumatology. She has also completed research on risk and resilience, exposure to stress, and spiritual development in urban youth workers funded by the Fuller Youth Institute. Eriksson also collaborated 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.

Courses Taught

  • PC814: Clinical Interventions: Diversity
  • PG849: Introduction to Trauma
  • PG853: Advanced Program Evaluation
  • PI526/826: Trauma and Faith
  • PI802: Self-Care in Mission

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

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Currier, J. M. & Eriksson, C. B. (in press). Trauma and spirituality: Empirical advances in an under-studied area of community experience. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.
  • Currier, J. M. & Eriksson, C. B. (in press). Trauma and spirituality: Empirical advances in an under-studied area of community experience. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community.
  • Eriksson, C. B., Holland, J. M., Currier, J. M., Snider, L. M., Ager, A. K., Kaiser, R. R., & Simon, W. S. (2015). Trajectories of spiritual change among expatriate humanitarian aid workers: A prospective longitudinal study. Psychology Of Religion And Spirituality, 7(1), 13-23. doi:10.1037/a0037703
  • Eriksson, C. B., & Abernethy, A. D. (2014). Integration in multicultural competence and diversity training: Engaging difference and grace. Journal of Psychology and Theology 42(2), 174-187.
  • Eriksson, C. B., Lopes Cardozo, B., Ghitis, F., Sabin, M, Gotway Crawford, C, Zhu, J., Rijnen, B., & Kaiser, R. (2013). Factors associated with adverse mental health outcomes in locally recruited aid workers assisting Iraqi refugees in Jordan. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 22(6), 660-680. doi:10.1080/10926771.2013.803506.
  • Ager, A., Pasha, E., Yu, G., Duke, T., Eriksson, C., & Lopes Cardozo, B. (2012). Stress, mental health and burnout in national humanitarian aid workers in Gulu, northern Uganda. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 713-720.
  • Ager, A., Pasha, E., Yu, G., Duke, T., Eriksson, C., & Lopes Cardozo, B. (2012). Stress, mental health and burnout in national humanitarian aid workers in Gulu, northern Uganda. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 713-720.
  • Eriksson, C. B. (2012). Practical integration in cross-cultural member care. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 40, 112-115.
  • Eriksson, C. B., Lopes Cardozo, B., Foy, D., Sabin, M., Ager, A., Snider, L., Scholte, W.F., Kaiser, R., Olff, M., Rijnen, B., Gotway Crawford, C., Zhu, J. & Simon, W. (2012). Pre-deployment mental health and trauma exposure of expatriate humanitarian aid workers: Risk and resilience factors. Traumatology, Published online before print April 16, 2012, doi: 10.1177/1534765612441978.
  • Lopes Cardozo, B., Sivilli, T. I., Crawford, C., Scholte, W. F., Petit, P., Ghitis, F., Ager, A., & Eriksson, C. (2013). Factors Affecting Mental Health of Local Staff Working in the Vanni Region, Sri Lanka. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0030969.
  • Lopes Cardozo, B., Gotway Crawford, C., Eriksson, C., Zhu, J., Sabin, M., Ager, A., … Simon, W. (2012). Psychological distress, depression, anxiety, and burnout among international humanitarian aid workers: A longitudinal study. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44948. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044948.
  • Putman, K. M., Lea, J., & Eriksson, C. (2011). Cross-cultural comparison of religious coping methods reported by native Guatemalan and Kenyan faith-based relief providers. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 39, 233-243.
  • Shin, H. J., Eriksson, C. B., Walling, S. M., Lee, H., & and Putman, K. M. (2011). Race, resource utilisation, and perceived need among urban community development workers from faith-based organisations. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, Advanced electronic publication on: 23 February 2011 (iFirst). doi: 10.1080/13674676.2010.54594.
  • Walling, S. M., Eriksson, C. B., Putman, K. M., & Foy, D. W. (2011). Community Violence Exposure, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Posttraumatic Distress among Urban Development Workers. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 3, 42-49.
  • Eriks[s]on, C. (2011). Incorporating religious and spiritual needs in psychosocial programmes. Intervention, 9, 70-73.
  • Eriksson, C. B., Bjorck, J., Larson, L., Walling, S., Trice, G., Fawcett, J., Abernethy, A., & Foy, D. (2009). Social support, organizational support and religious support in relation to burnout in expatriate humanitarian aid workers. Journal of Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 12, 671-686.
  • Putman, K. M., Lantz, J. I., Townsend, C. L., Gallegos, A., Potts, A., Roberts, R., Cree, E., de Villagran, M., Eriksson, C. B., Foy, D. W. (2009). Exposure to violence, support needs, adjustment, and motivators among Guatemalan humanitarian aid workers. American Journal of Community Psychology, 44, 109-115.
  • Putman, K.M., Townsend, C., Lantz, J., Roberts, R., Gallegos, A., Potts, A., Eriksson, C.B., & Foy, D.W. (2009). Reports of community violence exposure, traumatic loss, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Complicated Grief among Guatemalan aid workers. Journal of Traumatology, 15, 40-47.
  • Putman, K. M., Lantz, J., Potts, A., Gallegos, A., Hererra, S., Eriksson, C., Steenwyk, M., de Guitz, & Foy, D. W. (2008). Cultural understandings of child sexual abuse from aid workers and parents at the Guatemala City Dump community. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 1, 349-364.
  • Walling, S. M., Eriksson, C. B., Gorton, D., Ciovica, A., & Putman, K. (2006) A focus group study of cultural identity and reentry in short-term student missionaries. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 34, 153-164.
  • Larson, L. C., Foy, D. W., Eriksson, C. B., Ross, L. A., & Pynoos, R. S. (2002). Community reactions to terrorist attack: Findings and implications from Oklahoma City bombing-related studies. The Los Angeles Psychologist, 16, 13-14. (peer reviewed).
  • Foy, D. W., Eriksson, C. B., & Larson, L. C. (2002). What primary care practitioners need to know about psychological trauma in children. Primary Psychiatry, 9, 1-5.
  • Eriksson, C. B., Vande Kemp, H., Gorsuch, R., Hoke, S., & Foy, D. (2001). Trauma exposure and PTSD symptoms in international relief and development personnel. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 14(1), 205-212.
  • Foy, D. W., Eriksson, C. B., & Trice, G. A. (2001). Introduction to group interventions for trauma survivors. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 5, 246-251.
  • Schrock, D., Dueck, A., Eriksson, C., Foy, D., & Trice, G. (2000). Vicarious trauma-related distress in international relief and development personnel. Actual Problems of Psychiatry-2000, Anniversary Collection, 233-238.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Eriksson, C. B., Wilkins, A., & Frederick, N. (under review). Faith, Vicarious Trauma, and Self-Care of the Therapist. In J. Aten & D. Walker (Eds.), Treating Trauma in Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • Eriksson, C. B., Wilkins, A., & Tiersma Watson, J. (2015). Caring for practitioners: Relationships, Burnout, and Sustainability. In B. Myers, E. Dufault-Hunter, & I. Voss (Eds.) Health, healing, and shalom: Frontiers and challenges for Christian health missions (pp 197-213). Pasadena, CA: William Carey Publishers.
  • Eriksson, C. B., & Duke, T. (2013) Ethics in Providing Psychological First Aid. In R. Sanders (Ed.), Christian Counseling Ethics: A Handbook for Therapists, Pastors and Counselors (pp. 465-481), Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Academic Press.
  • Eriksson, C. B., & Yeh, D.-A. (2012). Grounded Transcendence: Resilience to Trauma through Spirituality and Religion. In K. M. Gow and M. J. Celinski (Eds.), Individual Trauma: Recovering from Deep Wounds and Exploring the Potential for Renewal. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Eriksson, C. B., Drescher, K., Putman, K., & Foy, D. (2008). Spirituality. In G. Reyes, J. D. Elhai, & J. D. Ford (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma (pp. 619-624). Hoboken, NJ: J. Wiley & Sons.
  • Eriksson, C. B., Foy, D. W., & Larson, L. C. (2004). When the helpers need help: Early intervention for emergency and relief services personnel. In B. Litz (Ed.), Early Intervention for Trauma and Traumatic Loss (pp 241-262). NYC: Guilford.
  • Eriksson, C. B., Bjorck, J., & Abernethy, A. (2003). Occupational stress, trauma, and adjustment in expatriate humanitarian aid workers. In J. Fawcett (Ed.), Stress and Trauma Handbook: Strategies for Flourishing in Demanding Environments (pp 68-100). Monrovia, CA: World Vision International.
  • Eriksson, C. B., & Rupp, E. (2002). Bereavement in a war zone: Liberia in the 1990’s. In J. Marten (Ed.), Children and War: A Historical Anthology (pp 87-98). NYC: NYU Press.
  • Eriksson, C. B. (1997). Caring for street educators. In P. Kilbourn (Ed.), Street children: A guide to effective ministry (pp. 199-208). Monrovia, CA: MARC Publications.
  • Blomquist, C. (1995). Comfort for the grieving child. In P. Kilbourn (Ed.), Healing the children of war: A handbook for ministry to children who have suffered deep traumas (pp. 51-65). Monrovia, CA: MARC Publications.
  • Blomquist, C. (1995). A community of care: Ministry to children in war. In P. Kilbourn (Ed.), Healing the children of war: A handbook for ministry to children who have suffered deep traumas (pp. 215-224). Monrovia, CA: MARC Publications.

Popular Press / Newsletter Articles

  • Langford, R. & Eriksson, C. B. (August 2013). Power to overcome: New research on fostering resilience in urban ministry. Article published on Fuller Youth Institute Web site: http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/articles/power-to-overcome
  • Eriksson, C. B. (November 2011). International Crisis: Can it really “help” to try to “help”? Fuller Theological Seminary: Theology, News & Notes.
  • Powell, K., Eriksson, C. B., & Tiersma Watson, J. (2007). Stress in the city: A new study of youth workers. The Journal of Student Ministries, 2(1), 22-25.
  • Eriksson, C. (2003). The story of a faithful servant: Resilience for childcare workers. Reaching Children at Risk, 15, 20-21.
  • Patterson, F. & Eriksson, C. (2003). Missionary trauma on the front lines: Bridging the gap between Christian counseling and global missions. Christian Counseling Today, 11(3), 18-22.
  • Eriksson, C. (2000) Anxiety in posttraumatic stress. Christian Counseling Today, 8(4), 40-42.
  • Blomquist, C. (1995). Communities that heal. Together: The journal of World Vision International, 46, (April/June), 17-20.

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