Sarah Lewitzka

I am currently undertaking my Honours program within the Forensic and Clinical Cognition Lab. I joined the Lab in 2020 for my third-year placement and found this experience to be incredibly valuable, leading me to continue participating in the Lab throughout 2021 as a volunteer research assistant. I then completed the Summer Research Award Program (2021–2022), examining secondary trauma.

My thesis aims to investigate whether the type of decisions content moderators make in their role increases the negative impact of being exposed to morally disgusting images. Content moderators play an imperative role in the world of social media but are exposed to traumatic material on a frequent basis, putting them at risk for developing PTSD. Because content moderation has been neglected by psychological research so far, my project aims to begin closing this gap, starting with investigating the features of content moderation that may contribute to the development of traumatic symptoms.

Sarah Lewitzka