Amanda Dao

“I learned how to effectively utilize library resources and gained a set of research skills that I have continued to use in other classes and research projects.”

—Amanda Dao

Literature Review: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder as a Physical Injury

Literature review written for University Writing Program 104F: Writing in the Health Professions

Dao’s paper highlights a new take on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD): the emerging understanding that PTSD is a physical trauma, not just a psychological one. Dao referenced both psychiatric and medical/biological journals and databases to bring attention to the physical changes in brain structure caused by PTSD, which have significant impacts on overall health.

In Her Own Words

Read Amanda’s reflective essay from her Lang Prize application.