Education Professor Co-Authored Chapter in Trauma Counseling Book

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dr. Alison DuBois, Westminster College assistant professor of education, is the lead author of a chapter in Trauma Counseling: Theories and Interventions scheduled for publication by Springer in March.

The book is a comprehensive guide to the theory and treatment of survivors of traumatic events, including interpersonal, school, and community violence; hate crimes; natural disasters; and war and terrorism.

Chapter 16, "Existential Perspectives on the Psychology of Evil," is co-authored by DuBois; Dr. Lisa Lopez Levers, professor of counselor education and supervision at Duquesne University; and Father Charles Esposito.

The chapter examines themes that are relevant to the perpetuation of violence and the experience of traumatic events, including: the phenomenon of evil in contemporary society; the formation of self; dispositional and situational forces; and the role of group dynamics in the self-regulation process of moral decision-making.

DuBois, who joined the faculty in 2011, earned an undergraduate degree from John Carroll University, master's degree from Westminster College, and Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Contact DuBois at (724) 946-6039 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. Alison DuBois