Bridget Klest

Adjunct Professor


Research interests

  • interrelations among trauma/negative event exposure
  • social context (including interpersonal relationships and institutional affiliations of perpetrators)
  • well-being
  • institutional responses to trauma exposure
  • negative healthcare experiences
  • overt discrimination
  • microaggressions

Recent Funding Sources
  • Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

Representative Publications

Tamaian, A., & Klest, B. (2018). Institutional betrayal in the Canadian medical system: Reliability and validity of a self-report questionnaire. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 27(7), 703-719.

Klest, B., Tamaian, A., & Boughner, E. (2019). A model exploring the relationship between betrayal trauma and health: The roles of mental health, attachment, trust in healthcare systems, and nonadherence to treatment. Psychological trauma: theory, research, practice, and policy. 11(6), 656–662.

Lett, K., Tamaian, A., & Klest, B. (2019). Impact of ableist microaggressions on university students with self-identified disabilities. Disability & Society, 1-16.

Tamaian, A., & Klest, B. (2017). Institutional Betrayal in the Canadian Medical System: Reliability and Validity of a Self-Report Questionnaire. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment &Trauma, 1-17.

Klest, B., Tamaian, A., & Mutschler, C. (2017). Betrayal Trauma, Health Care Relationships, and Health in Patients with a Chronic Neurovascular Condition. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment& Trauma, 26(1), 18-33.
Tamaian, A., & Klest, B. (2017). Ethnic discrimination and institutional betrayal on campus. Paper presented at the 88th Annual Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, Portland, OR, April 6-9