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Eric Arauz, RU-American Studies '00 (in memoriam)


The Department of American Studies remembers Eric Arauz '00. Graduating with High Honors in American Studies, Eric used his interdisciplinary skills to forge storytelling and mental health advocacy and to empower those suffering from trauma to find support in community and orality.

Biography (adapted from

Eric Arauz MLER was the President of the Trauma Institute of New Jersey He was an internationally recognized theorist, speaker, systems consultant, trainer and national award-winning author. Eric was a volunteer adjunct faculty instructor at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the department of Psychiatry. He consulted on trauma-informed practice and recovery-based psychiatric treatment with organizations from the state of Oregon; the University of Colorado-Denver; state Psychiatric hospitals in Colorado, Missouri and New York; Parkland Health Systems Dallas, Texas; Cone Behavioral Health North Carolina; the US Army and the state of NJ’s Children System of Care.

His work in Trauma focused on the Neurobiology of Helplessness with interventions based on Interpersonal Neurobiology, Stress Physiology, the Polyvagal Theory, Prolonged Exposure therapy, Neuroeducation, Cognitive and Somatic Narrative Reconstruction and Trauma-Informed Storytelling. He co-created the Psych Congress national Trauma Institute in conjunction with faculty of the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina. He also created the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Trauma-Informed Recovery curriculum for the national Recovery to Practice grant by SAMHSA as a five-year faculty member. 

Eric held a professional Masters Degree from the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations concentrating on Industrial Relations and Systems Integration. Eric was a disabled veteran of the United States Navy that served in Operation Desert Storm deployed to the Red Sea as part of an international maritime interdiction force.

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