Joseph Currier, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

PH.D., University of Memphis
M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School
B.A., University of Saint Thomas

Office: UCOM 1036
Phone: 251.460.7819

Discipline: Clinical
Others: Trauma, Grief and Bereavement, Military Veterans, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Psychotherapy

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Dr. Currier’s Trauma Reactions and Interpersonal Loss (TRAIL) Group is committed to understanding both the etiology of PTSD and other trauma- and loss-related problems, as well as how people achieve restoration and often paradoxically grow in these contexts.  Drawing on a variety of scientific methodologies, the TRAIL Group strives to conduct clinically-meaningful and integrative research that appreciates psychological, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions of coping with potentially traumatic events (e.g., military combat, community violence, serious illness) and bereavement. Looking ahead, we are ultimately interested in disseminating our findings and enhancing clinical practices with individuals and families struggling to overcome challenges associated with these types of experiences.  


Professional Organizations

American Psychological Association

Association for Death Education and Counseling

International Society for Trauma and Stress Studies

Selected Publications

Holland, J. M., Chong, G., Currier, J. M., O’Hara, R., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (in press).
Does cognitive behavior therapy promote meaning-making? A preliminary test in the
context of geriatric depression. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and

Holland, J. M., Nevarez, J. R., Currier, J. M., O’Hara, R., Schatzberg, A. F., Sudheimer, K., &
Gallagher-Thompson, D. (in press). Psychosocial predictors of salivary cortisol among
older adults with depression. International Psychogeriatrics.

Henretty, J. R., Currier. J. M., Berman, J. S., & Levitt, H. M. (in press). The impact of
counselor self-disclosure on clients: A meta-analytic review of experimental and quasi experimental
research. Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Holland, J. M., Currier, J. M., Kirkendall, A., Keene, J. R., & Nuna, L. (in press). Sadness,
anxiety, and experiences with emotional support among Veteran and non-Veteran
patients and their families at the end of life. Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Currier. J. M., Holland, J. M., Drescher, K., & Foy, D. (in press). Initial psychometric
evaluation of the Moral Injury Questionnaire – Military Version. Clinical Psychology &

Roland, A., Currier, J. M., Rojas-Flores, L., & Herrera, S. (in press). Event centrality and
posttraumatic outcomes in the context of pervasive violence: A study of teachers in El
Salvador. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping.

Holland, J. M., Malott, J., & Currier. J. M. (in press). Meaning made of stress among
Veterans transitioning to college: Examining unique associations with suicide risk and
life threatening behavior. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Currier. J. M., Holland, J. M., Rojas-Flores, L., Herrera, S., & Foy, D. (in press). Morally
injurious experiences and meaning among Salvadorian teachers exposed to violence.
Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice & Policy.

Currier, J. M., Drescher, K., & Harris, J. I. (2014). Spiritual functioning among Veterans
seeking residential treatment for PTSD: A matched control group study. Spirituality in
Clinical Practice, 1, 3-15.

Holland, J. M., Currier, J. M., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2014). Validation of the Integration of
Stressful Life Experiences Scale – Short Form in a bereaved sample. Death Studies, 38,

Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., Jones, H. W., & Sheu, S. (2014). Involvement in abusive
violence among Vietnam Veterans: Direct and indirect associations with substance abuse
problems and suicidality. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice & Policy,
6, 73-82.

Rojas-Flores, L., Herrera, S., Currier, J. M., Lin, E. Y., Kulzer, R. R., & Foy, D. (2013).
“We are raising our children in fear”: War, community violence, and parenting practices
in El Salvador. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice,
Consultation, 2, 269-285.

Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., Rozalski, V., Thompson, K. L, Rojas-Flores, L., & Herrera, S.
(2013). Teaching in violent communities: The contribution of meaning made of stress on
psychiatric distress and burnout. International Journal of Stress Management, 20, 269-


Classes Taught at South Alabama

  • PSY 340 – Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 532 – Psychopathology
  • PSY 550 – Evidence-Based Practice
  • PSY 556 – Practicum in Psychotherapy