University of Maryland

Diane Travis

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PhD Student


Diane M. Travis is an Information Studies Doctoral Student at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland. Her research focus is on the causes and impacts of the vicarious traumatization of information professionals. In addition, she is the Research Coordinator for the College of Information Studies. She has a Masters of Library Science, with a specialization in Government Information Management and Services, from the University of Maryland. Her Master’s thesis was in the area of information flow breakdowns during catastrophic disasters. She also has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Hampshire College with a concentration in Neuropsychology, where she studied the biological basis of the co-morbidity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Chronic Pain Syndrome.

Research Interests

Material mediated vicarious traumatization of ICT professionals; developing psychological safety programs for researchers; organizational studies; information needs of communities of trauma; catastrophic disaster information flow; and institutional logics


Travis, D.M., Lee, M., Rojas, M., Gunn, A., Nimkar, A., Jansen, G., Diakopoulos, N. & Marciano, R. (2016). Unlocking the Archives of Displacement and Trauma: Revealing Hidden Patterns and Exploring New Modes of Public Access through Innovation and Infrastructure, in Archiving 2016, Apr. 21, 2016, Washington D.C.

Travis, D.M. (2015, July). Archival Professionals and Vicarious Trauma. Poster presented at Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI), College Park, MD.

Butler, B.S., Ridings, C., Travis, D.M., & Zachariah, Z. (2014). Community or Market?: The Implications of Alternative Institutional Logics for IT Use in Community Supported Agriculture Programs (CSAs). 20th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2014), Savannah, GA.

Bertot, J.C., Butler, B.S., & Travis, D.M. (2014). Local Big Data: The Role of Libraries in Building Community Data Infrastructures. International Digital Government Conference, Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Butler, B.S., Travis, D.M., Ridings, C., & Zachariah, Z. (2014). Taking the C Seriously – Building Communities in CSA. 16th Annual National Value-Added Agriculture and The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Travis, D.M. (2014). Interagency Babble: Institutional logics and information flow in catastrophic disasters. Graduate Research Interaction Day (GRID), College Park, MD.