Genocide researchers experiencing vicarious trauma & secondary traumatic stress

Nicolas Hardisty Discussion

I am collaborating with Dr. Andy Wilczak on a book about vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress in academia. We're looking to speak with students & faculty about how they've been affected by their work. This is not an academic study, but rather a work of journalism and creative nonfiction. My own experience in genocide studies has shown me that this field is particularly risky terrain for researchers in regards to vicarious trauma and similar mental health issues. If you're doing (or have done) work that has traumatized you somehow & want to share your story, we want to hear from you. We think there are a lot of people who have come out of academia negatively impacted because of the work they're doing, and these stories need to be told. Please feel free to reach out to me if you'd like to be involved in this endeavor. 


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May I post this to the facebook page of Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (a project of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta), and if so, how should people reach you?

Marta Baziuk
Executive Director, Holodomor Research and Education Consortium

Hi Nicolas, this is great you are doing this work/research about secondary trauma and stress experienced by genocide researchers. This is so important and there seems to be little existing research. How would you like people to get in contact with you? Can you post information about how people can get into contact with you confidentially? It seems like right now the only way is to post to this public board which people might be hesitant to do. I'd also like to be able to share with my networks. Thanks! Emily Willard

Thanks for your reply, Marta. You may absolutely post this anywhere you see fit. I can be reached at Thank you for supporting this project!

Perhaps a little late, but I would be interested in this endeavor, at well!