Graduation Semester and Year

Spring 2024



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Ericka Roland

Second Advisor

Dr. Casey Brown

Third Advisor

Dr. Joel Leader


The COVID-19 pandemic brought much awareness to the public education system and the role it plays in alleviating the adverse effects of childhood trauma. However, extant literature has focused mainly on classroom-level interventions rather than school-wide interventions implemented by school leadership. This study examines the perspectives of trauma-sensitive principals in public elementary schools on implementing TIPs. The research questions that guided this study are as follows: What are elementary principals' perceptions regarding implementing school-wide TIPs? What are the leadership approaches of principals in trauma-informed schools? Two findings were identified: (1) principals proactively establish a trauma-informed culture, and (2) principals sustain a trauma-informed culture. These findings add to the scholarship around trauma-informed practices and the importance of school principals in establishing and sustaining school culture.


Educational Administration and Supervision | Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration | Other Educational Administration and Supervision | Urban Education


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