Research

My research is broadly in these areas:


Mind + Body

Yoga & Mindful Movement | Mental & Physical Health

Trauma

Emotional Abuse | Other Interpersonal Violence

Access to Care

Inclusivity Through Technology & Community

mind | body | trauma | care

to increase access to holistic and trauma-informed mental healthcare

I see the domains of my research encapsulated as the following:

The Mind-Body Trauma Care Lab logo

lotus // water lily // birth flower

The lotus as Mind-Body // The lotus petals are shaped like a heart. To some, the petals represent spiritual rising and growth found in mind-body practices, which is also exemplified by its namesake meditation form.

The lotus as Trauma // A lotus must first navigate through and rise above muddy soil to see sunlight and grow. Old adages say that the deeper and thicker the mud, the more beautiful the flower. To me, this represents resilience in the aftermath of trauma.

"No mud, no lotus... suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.” -Thích Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese monk & author of Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire and No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering

The lotus as Care // Lotuses can be cultivated with relative ease, as they are perennial and can propagate quickly. However, they only reach their fullest bloom in the right conditions, with warmth and in an environment safe enough to grow its lengthy roots.


Altogether, the center of the overlapping petals in the lotus represent my approach to Mind-Body Trauma Care. Integration of the mind-body spirit, mental-physical health, psychosociocultural health, psychology+public health, trauma consciousness, and access to care awareness is necessary for growth. With that, I aim to produce research that is not simply academic exercises; rather, I hope for my work to reflect back on and create direct change in the community where I serve. After all, it is the water that holds the lotus.

As you explore the lab's work below, I welcome any thoughts and feedback on this representation.

The following select publications provide information on completed projects and their overlapping domains:



* = undergraduate student co-author | ^ = graduate student co-author | italics = corresponding author role

Mind + Body // Yoga & Mindful Movement

  • ^Sundstrom, M., *Asplund, L., & Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (2020, November 13). Trauma, disability, and physical activity: A call for trauma-sensitive adaptive yoga and wellbeing programs. Trauma Psychology News, 15(3). http://traumapsychnews.com/2020/11/trauma-disability-and-physical-activity-a-call-for-trauma-sensitive-adaptive-yoga-and-wellbeing-programs/ (Feature article)

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (2020, November 10). Foreward. In J. Turner (Ed.), Embodied Healing: Survivor and Facilitator Voices from the Practice of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. North Atlantic Books, Penguin Random House. ISBN:9781623175344. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/645679/embodied-healing-by-jennifer-turner/ (Invited contribution)

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Hodgdon, H., Emerson, D., Silverberg, R., & Clark, C. J. (2020). Moderators of treatment efficacy in a randomized controlled trial of trauma-sensitive yoga as an adjunctive treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy (APA Journal, Division 56): Complementary Medicine and Integrative Approaches to Trauma Therapy and Recovery, 12(8), 836-846. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000963 [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., *Morrissette, J., Lewis-Dmello, A., Michel, H., Anders, D., Wagner, C., & Clark, C. J. (2019). Trauma-sensitive yoga as an adjunctive mental health treatment for survivors of intimate partner violence: A qualitative examination. Spirituality in Clinical Practice (APA Journal), 6(1), 27-43. https://doi.org/10.1037/scp0000177 [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Clark, C. J., & Butler, M. E. (2019). Yoga as an intervention for psychological symptoms following trauma: A systematic review and quantitative synthesis. Psychological Services (APA Journal, Division 18): Special Issue on Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Holistic Mental Health Care, 16(3), 513-523. https://doi.org/10.1037/ser0000191 [view]

  • Clark, C. J., Lewis-Dmello, A., Anders, D., Parsons, A., Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Henn, L., & Emerson, D. (2014). Trauma-sensitive yoga as an adjunct mental health treatment in group therapy for survivors of domestic violence: A feasibility study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 20(3), 152-158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.04.003 (Policy mention: New Zealand Analysis & Policy Observatory; Media mentions: Bustle Media Group; Uplift Connect) [open access]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Feng, S. L., Babbar, S., Rankins, N., & Blando, J. D. (2014). Hot yoga establishments in local communities serving pregnant women: A pilot study on the health implications of its practice and environmental conditions. Journal of Environmental Health (National Environmental Health Association Journal), 77(3), 8-13. (Cover article) [view]

For downloadable access to select articles above, see: https://www.traumasensitiveyoga.com/resources/#research

I also want to acknowledge that I strive to honor, rather than appropriate, the histories of yoga and mindful, meditative movement that stem from Hinduism and Buddhism. This is a continual practice of understanding and humility, in which I kindly ask for grace.

Mind + Body // Mental & Physical Health

† = authors contributed equally

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., *Asplund, A., Frazier, P. A., & Misono, S. (2020). Association between communicative participation and psychosocial factors in patients with voice disorders. JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery (Journal of the American Medical Association). Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaoto.2020.4956 [view]

  • †Lotzin, A., †Nguyen-Feng, V. N., & †Wamser-Nanney, R. (2020). Introduction to the special section on international perspectives on the coronavirus pandemic. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy (APA Journal, Division 56), 12(5), 474. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000947 [open access]

  • †Alpert, J. L., & †Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (2020). COVID in New York City, the epicenter: A New York University perspective and COVID in Duluth, the bold north: A University of Minnesota perspective. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy (APA Journal, Division 56), 12(5), 524-528. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000928 [open access]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Frazier, P. A., Stockness, A., Narayanan, A., Merians, A. N., & Misono, S. (2020). Web-based perceived present control intervention for voice disorders: A pilot study. Journal of Voice (Voice Foundation and International Association of Phonosurgeons Journal), 34(2), 300.e1-300.e9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2018.08.006 [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Frazier, P. A., Roy, N., Cohen, S., & Misono, S. (2019). Perceived control, voice handicap, and barriers to voice therapy. Journal of Voice (Voice Foundation and International Association of Phonosurgeons Journal). Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2019.09.002 [in press]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Frazier, P. A., Stockness, A., Lunos, S., *Hoedeman, A. N., & Misono, S. (2019). Assessing change over time in voice handicap and voice-related perceived control using ecological momentary assessment. Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology (American Broncho-Esophagological Association Journal), 128(9), 829-837. https://doi.org/10.1177/0003489419842267 [view]

  • Clark, C. J., Alonso, A., Everson-Rose, S. A., Brady, S. S., Resnick, M. D., Borowsky, I. W., Connett, J. E., Krueger, R. F., Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Feng, S. L., & Suglia, S. F. (2016). Intimate partner violence in adolescence and cardiovascular risk in adulthood. Preventive Medicine, 87, 132-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.02.031 [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Feng, S. L., Babbar, S., Rankins, N., & Blando, J. D. (2014). Hot yoga establishments in local communities serving pregnant women: A pilot study on the health implications of its practice and environmental conditions. Journal of Environmental Health (National Environmental Health Association Journal), 77(3), 8-13. (Cover article) [view]

Trauma // Emotional Abuse

Trauma // Other Interpersonal Violence

  • Kaubrys, M., Baker, M. R., Frazier, P. A., & Nguyen-Feng, V. N. (in press). Relations among daily stressors, childhood maltreatment, and sleep in college students. Journal of Counseling Psychology (APA Journal).

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., & ^Zheng, L. (2021). Book review: The gifts of adversity: Reflections of a psychologist, refugee, and survivor of sexual abuse. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 45(1), 140. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684320948540 (Invited contribution). [view]

  • Baker, M. R., Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Nilakanta, H., & Frazier, P. A. (2020). Childhood maltreatment predicts daily stressor exposure in college students but not perceived stress or stress reactivity. Journal of Counseling Psychology (APA Journal), 67(1), 79–89. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000359 [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., ^Carroll, T., & King, L. (2020). Students affected by interpersonal violence. In E. Rossen (Ed.), Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-based Professionals (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN:9780190052737. (Invited contribution)

  • Frazier, P. A., Mischel, E., Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Merians, A. N., & Kaubrys, M. T. (2019). Trauma psychology. In D. S. Dunn (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/OBO/9780199828340-0241 [preview]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., *Morrissette, J., Lewis-Dmello, A., Michel, H., Anders, D., Wagner, C., & Clark, C. J. (2019). Trauma-sensitive yoga as an adjunctive mental health treatment for survivors of intimate partner violence: A qualitative examination. Spirituality in Clinical Practice (APA Journal), 6(1), 27-43. https://doi.org/10.1037/scp0000177 [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Clark, C. J., & Butler, M. E. (2019). Yoga as an intervention for psychological symptoms following trauma: A systematic review and quantitative synthesis. Psychological Services (APA Journal, Division 18): Special Issue on Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Holistic Mental Health Care, 16(3), 513-523. https://doi.org/10.1037/ser0000191 [view]

  • Frazier, P. A., Nguyen-Feng, V. N., *Fulco, C., Anders, S., & Shallcross, S. (2017). Mediators of the relations between past sexual victimization and distress: Comparison to bereavement. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy (APA Journal, Division 56), 9(1), 96-104. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0000166 [view]

  • Frazier, P. A., Nguyen-Feng, V. N., & Baker, M. R. (2017). Reconstructing meaning after sexual assault. In E. M. Altmaier (Ed.), Reconstructing Meaning After Trauma: Theory, Research, and Practice (pp. 103-113). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-803015-8.00007-3 [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Frazier, P. A., Greer, C. S., Meredith, L., Howard, K., & Paulsen, J. (2016). Testing the efficacy of three brief web-based interventions for reducing distress among interpersonal violence survivors. Translational Issues in Psychological Science (APA Journal): Special Issue on Psychology of Trauma, 2(4), 439-448. https://doi.org/10.1037/tps0000099 [view]

  • Clark, C. J., Alonso, A., Everson-Rose, S. A., Brady, S. S., Resnick, M. D., Borowsky, I. W., Connett, J. E., Krueger, R. F., Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Feng, S. L., & Suglia, S. F. (2016). Intimate partner violence in adolescence and cardiovascular risk in adulthood. Preventive Medicine, 87, 132-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.02.031 [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Frazier, P. A., Greer, C. S., Howard, K. G., Paulsen, J. A., Meredith, L., & *Kim, S. (2015). A randomized controlled trial of a web-based intervention to reduce distress among students with a history of interpersonal violence. Psychology of Violence (APA Journal): Special Issue on Protective Factors, Resilience, and Violence, 5, 444-454. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0039596 (Peer review: Statcheck) [view]

  • Clark, C. J., Lewis-Dmello, A., Anders, D., Parsons, A., Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Henn, L., & Emerson, D. (2014). Trauma-sensitive yoga as an adjunct mental health treatment in group therapy for survivors of domestic violence: A feasibility study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 20(3), 152-158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.04.003 (Policy mention: New Zealand Analysis & Policy Observatory; Media mentions: Bustle Media Group; Uplift Connect) [open access]

Access to Care // Inclusivity Through Technology

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Frazier, P. A., Stockness, A., Narayanan, A., Merians, A. N., & Misono, S. (2020). Web-based perceived present control intervention for voice disorders: A pilot study. Journal of Voice (Voice Foundation and International Association of Phonosurgeons Journal), 34(2), 300.e1-300.e9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2018.08.006 [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Frazier, P. A., Roy, N., Cohen, S., & Misono, S. (2019). Perceived control, voice handicap, and barriers to voice therapy. Journal of Voice (Voice Foundation and International Association of Phonosurgeons Journal). Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvoice.2019.09.002 [in press]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., *Romano, F. N., & Frazier, P. A. (2019). Emotional abuse moderates efficacy of an ecological momentary stress management intervention for college students. Journal of Counseling Psychology (APA Journal), 66(4), 461-472. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000332 (Pre-registration: https://osf.io/hgfrt; Pre-registration Challenge Award; Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Trauma Psychology, APA Division 56) [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Greer, C. S., & Frazier, P. A. (2017). Using online interventions to deliver college student mental health resources: Evidence from randomized clinical trials. Psychological Services (APA Journal, Division 18): Special Issue on Mental Health on College Campuses, 14(4), 481-489. https://doi.org/10.1037/ser0000154 [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Frazier, P. A., Greer, C. S., Meredith, L., Howard, K., & Paulsen, J. (2016). Testing the efficacy of three brief web-based interventions for reducing distress among interpersonal violence survivors. Translational Issues in Psychological Science (APA Journal): Special Issue on Psychology of Trauma, 2(4), 439-448. https://doi.org/10.1037/tps0000099 [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Frazier, P. A., Greer, C. S., Howard, K. G., Paulsen, J. A., Meredith, L., & *Kim, S. (2015). A randomized controlled trial of a web-based intervention to reduce distress among students with a history of interpersonal violence. Psychology of Violence (APA Journal): Special Issue on Protective Factors, Resilience, and Violence, 5(4), 444-454. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0039596 (Peer review: Statcheck) [view]

Access to Care // Inclusivity Through Community

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., *Morrissette, J., Lewis-Dmello, A., Michel, H., Anders, D., Wagner, C., & Clark, C. J. (2019). Trauma-sensitive yoga as an adjunctive mental health treatment for survivors of intimate partner violence: A qualitative examination. Spirituality in Clinical Practice (APA Journal), 6(1), 27-43. https://doi.org/10.1037/scp0000177 [view]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Beydoun, H. A., McShane, M. K., & Blando, J. D. (2015). Disparities in hospital services utilization among patients with mental health issues: A statewide example examining insurance status and race factors from 1999-2010. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice (Center for Health Disparities Research Journal), 8(2), 89-101. [open access]

  • Clark, C. J., Lewis-Dmello, A., Anders, D., Parsons, A., Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Henn, L., & Emerson, D. (2014). Trauma-sensitive yoga as an adjunct mental health treatment in group therapy for survivors of domestic violence: A feasibility study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 20(3), 152-158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.04.003 (Policy mention: New Zealand Analysis & Policy Observatory; Media mentions: Bustle Media Group; Uplift Connect) [open access]

  • Nguyen-Feng, V. N., Feng, S. L., Babbar, S., Rankins, N., & Blando, J. D. (2014). Hot yoga establishments in local communities serving pregnant women: A pilot study on the health implications of its practice and environmental conditions. Journal of Environmental Health (National Environmental Health Association Journal), 77(3), 8-13. (Cover article) [view]

  • . . . and others in preparation. For information on ongoing projects in the lab, please email Viann.