Meltem Ozcan

Research Technician

Meltem graduated with a BA in Psychology and Korean from Wellesley College in May 2017 and joined the PTSD team at the SCAN Lab in June 2017 where she now works as the Study Coordinator. In her honors thesis conducted under the supervision of Professor Angela Bahns, she investigated the early interactions and self-disclosure patterns of Third Culture Kids (TCKs), individuals who have meaningfully interacted with cultures other than their passport country in their formative years. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to Professor Bahns and investigated the effects of influence attempts in friendships (e.g. attempts to change one’s friends’ political beliefs). During her clinical internships in her undergraduate years, she developed an interest in research on interventions with trauma survivors as well as the treatment of PTSD, depression, and anxiety disorders. Her other research interests include the identity integration and wellbeing of multicultural and bicultural individuals, the impact of immigration stressors on psychological functioning, and qualitative research methods. A TCK herself, she grew up in Turkey and studied in Ankara, Wales, Boston, London and, briefly, Seoul, and is fascinated by cultural differences across all domains of life.

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