As a Program Manager at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Ms. Pula supports the Families OverComing Under Stress: Combat Injured (FOCUS-CI) and the Combat Injury Assessment (CI-A) studies. Her responsibilities include training research clinicians, creating training and intervention materials (manuals, web sites, and advertising and recruitment materials), performing quality control, and conducting site visits.
Ms. Pula received a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, and worked in the publishing field on contracts with the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Ms. Pula received an M.A. in Counseling from The George Washington University and has held positions as a mental health School Counselor, mental health counselor for a non-profit agency, private clinician, and counseling supervisor at the GW Community Counseling Services Center. She has held research assistant positions with the Child Development and Behavior Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health; and the George Washington University, Department of Counseling, Human, and Organizational Studies. As an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University and Trinity Washington University, Ms. Pula has taught Child and Adolescent Development, Adult Development, Assessment, and Clinical Internship.
Ms. Pula is ABD in the Counseling and Counselor Education doctoral program at The George Washington University. Her fields of interest include trauma work, working with adolescents with intellectual and emotional disabilities, and self-esteem and body image.