Center Research

The following is a list of the ongoing research Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress projects and collaborations.

5-HT2A Antagnoist Study

Center research in 2010, using a PTSD rat model, has addressed need to seek a novel 5-HT2A receptor antagonist that can demonstrate  maximum efficacy with minimum adverse reaction in the

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Army STARRS: A Framingham-Like Study of Psychological Health Risk Factors in Soldiers

Commentary on “The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS)” Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD1; Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD Although historically the Army suicide rate

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Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS)

Army STARRS is an unprecedented multi-study project headed by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress in collaboration with leading academic institutions. Army STARRS is the largest research project

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Assessing the Needs of Children and Families of the Combat Injured

This 4-year study with primary sites at Walter Reed Army Medical center (WRAMC) and San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) is designed to longitudinally investigate the impact of combat injury

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Child and Family Trauma Program: A Study of Combat Injured Families

This study examines the impact of severe combat injury on military families through interviews conducted at Operation Purple Healing Adventures (OPHA),  an annual summer camp program for combat injured service

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Deployment Family Stress: Child Neglect and Maltreatment in U.S. Army Families

The goal of this in-depth study of child maltreatment and neglect among Army personnel is to describe the characteristics of substantiated child neglect cases and  to identify factors within the

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Ecological Momentary Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Service Members Undergoing Rehabilitation

Center scientists are in the formative stages of a new study using an innovative electronic, hand-held device and methodology, Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA). EMA is used to examine symptoms of

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FOCUS-CI: A Preventive Intervention with Children and Families of the Combat Injured

FOCUS-CI—Families OverComing Under Stress: Combat Injury—is a study to evaluate the effects of combat injuries on all members of a family: the Injured Service Member/Veteran, Partner, and Children. It is

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Genetic Biomarkers for Attenuation of Fear Memory

The Genetic Biomarkers for Attenuation of Fear Memory study has found that administering corticosterone before exposure to stress can attenuate delayed and enhanced fear response in an animal model of

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National Guard and Reserve Study

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, in collaboration with Dr. Sandro Galea of the University of Michigan, is engaged in a nation-wide research project on the health and

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Community Collective Efficacy following the 2004 Florida Hurricanes

There is a paucity of research investigating the relationship of community-level characteristics such as collective efficacy and posttraumatic stress following disasters. We examine the association of collective efficacy with probable

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Psychological and Behavioral Responses in Public Health Workers

Partnering with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the University of Miami and the Florida Department of Health, Center scientists collected

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Psychological and Behavioral Responses in Public Health Workers: A Study of the Florida Department of Health to Multiple Hurricanes

Partnering with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the University of Miami and the Florida Department of Health, Center scientists have

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Rat Mitochondria-Focused Gene Chip

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress is also looking at gene expression patterns present in brain tissue and in white blood cells that may contribute to the origin

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Stigma and Barriers to Care: Conference Report

This Forum on Health and National Security, directed to addressing stigma and barriers to care, brought together a diverse group of leaders in order to expand our horizons on these

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Stress & Biomarkers in a Military Population Study (p11 Protein studies)

Using blood samples from suicide attempters and non-attempters, and post-mortem brain tissue from patients who had committed suicide and non-suicide  controls, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress scientists examined

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Talk, Listen, Connect (TLC-III) Kit Evaluation Findings

In 2010, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) undertook an evaluation of Sesame Workshop’s materials, Talk, Listen, Connect III: When Families Grieve™ (TLC III). TLC III was

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The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS)

Robert J. Ursano, M.D.; Lisa J. Colpe, Ph.D., MPH; Steven G. Heeringa, Ph.D.; Ronald C. Kessler, Ph.D.; Michael Schoenbaum, Ph.D.; Murray B. Stein, M.D., MPH; On behalf of the Army

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The National Military Family Bereavement Study

The National Military Family Bereavement Study is the first large scientific study of the impact of a U.S. service member death on surviving family members. The multi-disciplinary research team is

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Troops Education for Army Morale (TEAM)

Troop Education for Army Morale (TEAM) is a psychological First Aid based intervention designed to help U.S. Army Mortuary Affairs Soldiers and spouses cope with the complex challenges of deployment

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Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Children Following Family Member Death

This study, funded by Sesame Workshop, is the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress Child and Family Program’s  preliminary research initiative into the area of family bereavement. It addresses

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VA-DoD PTSD CNS Tissue Repository

In 2010, the Veterans Administration’s central office of Research and Development recognized the importance of not only a posttraumatic stress disorder biorepository, but also of a larger national biorepository for

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