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Emma Lathan-Powell

Emma Lathan-Powell

Assistant Professor

Psychological Sciences

Emma Lathan-Powell

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226 Thach Hall

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BA, Psychology (Minor Human Development & Family Studies), Auburn University

MS, Applied Psychology, University of South Alabama

PhD, Clinical and Counseling Psychology, University of South Alabama

About Me

Emma Lathan-Powell is a Licensed Psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Auburn University. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from University of South Alabama and completed a pre-doctoral internship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She then completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University's Grady Trauma Project. Her program of research focuses on improving systemic responses to gender-based violence by implementing and evaluating trauma-informed programs.


Areas of Expertise

Interpersonal trauma, gender-based violence, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


Lathan, E.C., Selwyn, C.N., Gigler, M.E., Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J., & Gilmore, A.K. (in press). College students’ trust, betrayal, and needs during and after their worst non-assault-related health care experiences differ based on sexual violence exposure. Violence and Victims.

Lathan, E.C., Haynes, T., Langhinrichsen-Rohling, R.A., Sonu, S.C., & Powers, A. (in press). Primary care providers’ knowledge, perceptions, and practice of trauma-informed care in a public healthcare setting. Family and Community Health.

Lathan, E.C., Britt, A., Ravi, M., Ash, M.J., McAfee, E., Wallace, S., Johnson II, C.B., Woods-Jaeger, B., Powers, A., & Michopoulos, V. (2023). When reproduction is no longer autonomous: Feeling respected by maternity care providers moderates the association between autonomy in decision making and birth-related PTSD symptoms in a community-based sample of pregnant Black women. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 24(4), 520-537.

Lathan, E.C., Guelfo, A., La Barrie, D.L., Teer, A., Powers, A., Siegle, G., & Fani, N. (2023). Differing associations of depersonalization with skin conductance response during rest and breath-focused mindfulness in a trauma-exposed female population. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 162, 193-199.

Selwyn, C.N., Lathan, E.C., Platt, T., & Minchew, L. (2023). How healthcare providers reconcile bad things happening to good patients: The role of just world beliefs in attitudes toward trauma-informed care. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 24(5), 640-654.

Borgogna, N., Lathan, E.C., & Aita, S. (2022). Sexual and gender minority victimization: Differences in emotional, physical, and sexual assault across asexual, bisexual, demisexual, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, pansexual, queer, questioning, and gender non-conforming college students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 38(7–8), 5613–5637.

Lathan, E.C., Koon-Magnin, S., Selwyn, C.N., Isaak, H., & Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J. (2022). Rape myth acceptance and other barriers to formally reporting sexual assault among college students with and without sexual assault histories. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 38(9–10), 6773–6797.

Lathan, E.C., Selwyn, C.N., & Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J. (2021). The “3 Es” of trauma-informed care in a federally qualified health center: Traumatic Event- and Experience-related predictors of physical and mental health Effects among female patients. Journal of Community Psychology, 49(2), 703-724.

Selwyn, C.N., & Lathan, E.C. (2021). Helping primary care patients heal holistically via trauma-informed care. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 17(1), 84-86.

Lathan, E., Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J., Duncan, J., & Stefurak, J.T. (2019). The Promise Initiative: Promoting a trauma-informed police response to sexual assault in a mid-size southern community. Journal of Community Psychology, 47(1), 1733-1749.

Courses Taught

PSYC 3970: Psychological Trauma and Resilience