Stephanie Trudeau

Postdoctoral Research Associate

About Dr. Trudeau

Stephanie Trudeau, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral research associate with the Thrive Center for Human Development. Trained as a medical family therapist and family social scientist from the University of Minnesota, her academic and clinical expertise utilizes a biopsychosocial-spiritual and systemic lens in order to examine illness and recovery across family and social systems. She has dedicated her scholarly and clinical career toward developing a deeper understanding of how families cope in the face of adversity, trauma, and grief.

Her research and clinical interests include families and chronic illness, the integration of behavioral health into primary and tertiary care settings, program development and evaluation, interdisciplinary team dynamics, burnout prevention and recovery and the function spirituality has as a coping and meaning-making mechanism.

At the Thrive Center, Dr. Trudeau is focusing her research efforts on the intersection of thriving and spirituality, beliefs, meaning making, gratitude, and family systems level thriving. She is co-investigator for the Center's Shades of Gratitude Project and sub-study following the Fetzer Institute's Study of Spirituality in America.

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Helping Our Healthcare Workers: A Primer to Moral Injury

By Stephanie Trudeau | Aug 25, 2021

Dr. Stephanie Trudeau shifts the conversation from burnout to moral injury, presenting ways we can help those experiencing moral injury.

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Coping with Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Process Heartache we Don’t Understand

By Stephanie Trudeau | Dec 14, 2020

How can we make sense of our “new normal?” Dr. Stephanie Trudeau discusses ambiguous loss, sharing 3 ways we can cope with it.

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Planting Seeds of Healing Through Spirituality

By Stephanie Trudeau | Apr 30, 2020

Postdoctoral Researcher, Stephanie Trudeau provides ways spirituality can be resource for healing within ourselves and our families.

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On the Road to Healing: Meaning-Making and Beliefs During COVID-19

By Stephanie Trudeau | Apr 13, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Trudeau continues her discussion on loss, and how meaning-making and beliefs can guide us toward healing.

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Embracing Self-compassion During Times of Grief

By Stephanie Trudeau | Apr 8, 2020

Stephanie Trudeau talks collective loss and how we can approach our feelings with compassion and grace.

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Family Under Pressure: the Connecting Power of Being Isolated Together

By Stephanie Trudeau | Mar 19, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Trudeau offers ways we can orient our family towards growth and connection amid isolation during COVID-19.

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La familia bajo presión: El poder de conexión al estar aislados juntos

By Stephanie Trudeau | Mar 19, 2020

Dra. Stephanie Trudeau ofrece maneras de orientar a nuestra familia hacia el crecimiento y la conexión en medio del aislamiento durante COVID-19.

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Becoming a Girl Dad

By Stephanie Trudeau | Mar 2, 2020

Guest blogger, Brandon Jensen and Dr. Stephanie Trudeau explore what it means to be a girl dad and share the key messages that impact daughters.

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Aspire to Inspire: Learning the Mamba Mentality for Every Day Greatness

By Stephanie Trudeau | Feb 3, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Trudeau breaks down the Mamba Mentality framework and offers tips for how to integrate it into our own lives.

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Gradations of Grief: Navigating the Days Following Tragedy

By Stephanie Trudeau | Jan 30, 2020

Grief comes in many forms. Dr. Stephanie Trudeau walks us through the intricacies of grief within our youth.

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Not All Superheros Wear Capes, Some Play Ball: How Tragedy Unites

By Stephanie Trudeau | Jan 28, 2020

As communities mourn the loss a legend, Dr. Stephanie Trudeau shares ways caring adults can facilitate healthy grieving for youth.

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