Murray Research Program
Harvard University
In the Alphabet of the Night: A Poetics of Trauma in Girls' Lives

Annie Rogers, an associate professor in human development and psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, studies gender and psychological development, particularly the effects of trauma on memory and relationships. She is interested in girls’ and women’s writing as key to sustaining voice and psychological health. She has also created a new qualitative method, an interpretive poetics. Her publications include A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy (1995) and Women, Girls, and Psychotherapy: Reframing Resistance (1991, coedited with Carol Gilligan and Deborah Toman). Rogers also works as a clinical consultant for the Germaine Lawrence School for Girls in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Her fellowship project looks at trauma as a poetic process and not a cluster of symptoms. Rogers draws on 15 years of research and clinical work with girls and young women to create a new psychology of trauma by following conscious and unconscious processes of the mind and body that can be understood in the same way as poems. She believes that trauma as a poetic process protects girls from unspeakable knowledge and contains creative possibilities for development.

Rogers earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Washington University. She is the recipient of a Spencer Foundation Grant and the Germaine-Lawrence Woman of the Year Award, and is a Fulbright Scholar.

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