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M. Rose Barlow


UPDATE: Find me at my new job at Boise State University! This page is no longer updated.

About me

I received my Ph.D. from the Psychology Department at the University of Oregon. To the extent that psychology has areas, I am in the Cognitive "area" (although it is perhaps equally useful to say that my area of study is trauma). This means that I can't tell you what the clinical program is like, as I'm not in it. Nor can I tell you about masters' programs. However, I have answered a lot of emails from prospective students about UO's graduate program in psychology, so I decided to make my various responses into a very unofficial FAQ about getting a Ph.D. in this program.

While at UO, I worked in the Dynamics Lab, which is an incredibly cool collection of people. I specialize in studying dissociation and memory for trauma. I have a variety of research interests centered around different aspects of dissociation. In the next few years, I hope to study qualitative as well as quantitative, cognitive aspects of memory in DID patients, and also perform postdoctoral research on DID and other forms of dissociation in clinical and non-clinical populations. A related line of interest involves the interaction of social psychology and dissociation.

I did my undergraduate training at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It's a pretty cool place, even if it is surrounded by bleak miles of cornfields. My undergrad thesis advisor was the incomparable Bill Brewer. If you want to see a picture of me at our poster session, click here.

Believe it or not, I do have a brain.

My favorite course to teach is Psychology of Trauma. I thought that people might also enjoy my list of recommended fiction about trauma. (The web page for that class also has lots of other cool links.)

If you are strangely curious, you can see my academic family tree.


My dissertation focused on memory functioning in Dissociative Identity Disorder from a cognitive psychology perspective. It is now online: Abstract (html) Full Text (PDF).

In addition, I have several empirical and theoretical articles under review or in press for various lines of research. For more information about my current work, or to request my CV, please contact me.

Selected Articles

Barlow, M. R., & Cromer, L. D. (2006). Trauma-relevant characteristics in a university human subjects pool population: Gender, major, betrayal, and latency of participation. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 7, 59-75.

Brewer, W. F., Sampaio, C., & Barlow, M. R. (2005). Confidence and accuracy in the recall of deceptive and nondeceptive sentences. Journal of Memory and Language, 52, 618-627.

Goldsmith, R. E., Barlow, M. R., & Freyd, J. J. (2004). Knowing and not knowing about trauma: Implications for therapy. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 41, 448-463.


This, in no particular order, is a partial list of websites that I've found interesting and/or useful in research and/or advocacy. PLEASE NOTE: I do not necessarily condone or endorse any of the sites listed. See also the links on my Psychology of Trauma page.

This here is my "professional" web page. If you wanted to see my "personal" page, please click here.

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Last updated 07/15/10
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