Shaina A. Kumar, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate NRSA
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

I am a T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow affiliated with the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and VA Boston National Center for PTSD.

I seek to understand how people flourish amidst hardship. To that end, my program of research focuses on identifying factors that promote resilience during and in the aftermath of adversity. Relatedly, I aim to uncover key psychological strengths that foster a sense of wellbeing among trauma survivors.

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Shaina Kumar
01/01/2024 - 09/30/2024 (Key Person)
PI: Dawne S. Vogt, PhD
VA Boston Healthcare System


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  1. Taverna E, Kline N, Kumar SA, Iverson KM. Experiences of intimate partner violence and valued living among women veterans: The role of self-efficacy. J Trauma Stress. 2024 Jun 11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38861277; DOI: 10.1002/jts.23059;
  2. Kumar SA, Taverna E, Borowski S, Smith BN, Vogt D. From posttraumatic stress symptoms to suicidal ideation among military veterans: Pathways founded on meaning in life and gratitude. J Trauma Stress. 2024 Mar 25.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38527914
  3. Kumar SA, Borowski S, Vogt D. Meaning in life following service among post-9/11 military veterans: A latent growth mixture model analysis. Appl Psychol Health Well Being. 2024 May; 16(2):723-744.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38072466; PMCID: PMC11062845; DOI: 10.1111/aphw.12513;
  4. Vogt, D., Kumar, S. A., & Lee, L. O. PTSD Research Quarterly. Examining functioning and well-being outcomes in PTSD treatment. 2023; 34(3):1-9.
  5. Brock RL, Calkins FC, Hamburger ER, Kumar SA, Laifer LM, Phillips E, Ramsdell EL. Learning from adversity: What the COVID-19 pandemic can teach us about family resiliency. Fam Process. 2023 Dec; 62(4):1574-1591. PMID: 36585769; PMCID: PMC9880619; DOI: 10.1111/famp.12849;
  6. Layous K, Kumar SA, Arendtson M, Najera A. The effects of rumination, distraction, and gratitude on positive and negative affect. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2023 May; 124(5):1053-1078. PMID: 36107646; PMCID: PMC10014497; DOI: 10.1037/pspp0000440;
  7. Brockdorf AN, Holland KJ, Kumar SA, Jaffe AE, DiLillo D. Alcohol Use Before Sexual Violence and Cognitive Appraisals: Differential Associations With Barriers to Help-Seeking. Violence Against Women. 2023 Apr; 29(5):777-799. PMID: 35946124; PMCID: PMC9908771; DOI: 10.1177/10778012221097144;
  8. Kumar SA, Edwards ME, Grandgenett HM, Scherer LL, DiLillo D, Jaffe AE. Does Gratitude Promote Resilience During a Pandemic? An Examination of Mental Health and Positivity at the Onset of COVID-19. J Happiness Stud. 2022; 23(7):3463-3483. PMID: 35855779; PMCID: PMC9281297; DOI: 10.1007/s10902-022-00554-x;
  9. Kumar SA, Franz MR, DiLillo D, Brock RL. Promoting resilience to depression among couples during pregnancy: The protective functions of intimate relationship satisfaction and self-compassion. Fam Process. 2023 Mar; 62(1):387-405. PMID: 35610976; PMCID: PMC9899353; DOI: 10.1111/famp.12788;
  10. Otto, E. A., Kumar, S. A., & DiLillo, D. Music’s impact on the sexualization of Black bodies: Examining links between hip-hop and sexualization of Black women. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. 2022; 27(2):145-153.
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2021 The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment: Belfer-Aptman Scholars Award for Dissertation Research
2020-2022 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31HD101271)
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