The Leslie Matlen and Christine Miller Andersen Fund in the Department of Psychology was established to help people whose lives have been affected by trauma through enhancing research opportunities and clinical training in the assessment and treatment of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and related mental health conditions. Gifts to this fund will bring the best minds in the field to campus for workshops and panel discussions to educate students and faculty, across disciplines, alongside practitioners from the larger community; and provide resources for other trauma-related programs developed by the Department of Psychology.
Leslie Matlen’82 MA,’88 Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist whose graduate research brought attention to the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse. In 1988, Christine Andersen’96 MA Counseling Psychology was a young mother beset by symptoms she didn’t understand. She began therapy with Leslie and that alliance ultimately saved her life. Christine set up this fund in 2015 to honor Leslie and promote the kind of clinical treatment that she found helpful in healing from extreme trauma.
By contributing to this mission, you will support educators, therapists and students in training, and countless others whose lives will be transformed.