Scholarly Activities

Recent Publications:

Understanding and Treating Survivors of Incest by David M. Lawson in Counseling Today, March 2018

Treating Complex Trauma: An Evidence-Based Case Example of Severe Childhood Abuse  by David M. Lawson & Stevie Malnar Hight

Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Practice in Clinical Settings by David M. Lawson and Jamie Quinn

Therapeutic Alliance, Interpersonal Relations, and Trauma Symptoms: Examining a Mediation Model of Women With Childhood Abuse Histories by David M. Lawson, Hayley Stulmaker & Kaci Tinsley

Treating Complex Trauma: Critical Interventions With Adults Who Experienced Ongoing Trauma in Childhood by David M. Lawson, DeShae Davis, and Shari Brandon

Treating Adults With Complex Trauma: An Evidence-Based Case Study by David M. Lawson

Sullivan, J. M. & Akay, S. (2017). The play therapist in the court room: preparing yourself and your client for court. In R. Steen (Ed.), Emerging research in play therapy, child counseling, and consultation (pp. 345 – 366). Hershey, PA: IGI Global

Dillman-Taylor, D., Pronchenko, Y., Purswell, K., Cornett, N., & Akay.S., Bratton, S. (In review). Effects of CCPT on disruptive behavior of at-risk preschool children: A single case design. Submitted to NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field

Bornsheuer, J., Garza, Y., Sullivan, J. M., & Lertora, I. (2013). Cultivating a healing environment in play therapy using neurobiologically informed interventions: Two case studies. Professional Issues in Counseling. Retrieved from:

Recent Presentations:

Akay, S. (2016, October). Supervising crisis and trauma: A primer on supervising interns working with traumatized clients and helping them navigate the court system. Invited Presentation for Intern Supervisors, Sam Houston State University Counseling Department, The Woodlands, Texas.

Akay, S. & Lucas, C. (2016, June). Playing to heal: Providing trauma-informed care for young children. The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) 24th Annual Colloquium, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Powell, A. M., Ross, A. T. J., & Smith, J. D. (2016, February).  Complex trauma: A hidden factor of reading deficiencies among young African        American males. Presented at the Research Association of Minority Professors 35th Annual

Sullivan, J. M. & Akay, S. (2015). Developmentally Appropriate Interventions for Traumatized Children and Pre-Adolescents. Presented at the Texas Counseling Association 59th Annual Professional Growth Conference, Corpus Christi, TX (refereed).

Sullivan, J. M., & Akay, S. (2015). Walking together towards the light: The intersection of trauma, play, and healing. Presented at the Trauma Informed Advocacy Workshop sponsored by CASA of Walker, San Jacinto, and Trinity Counties, Huntsville, TX (invited).

Akay, S. (2015, October). Playful ways to work with traumatized children. Invited Presentation, Sam Houston Chapter of the Association for Play Therapy, Houston, Texas.