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The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) is currently engaged in pioneering research in neuroscience and the neurobiology of stress to inform prevention, treatment and resiliency-based interventions for trauma-induced disorders, especially posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the risk and protective factors of suicide. The Center also conducts research to improve post deployment function, which has important implications for military families and children, and encompasses both Active Duty and the Reserve Component (RC) of the United States Armed Forces. The Center, through its Child & Family Program, conducts research that addresses the needs of children and families affected by trauma, especially our nation’s military families and children affected by a parent’s combat injury or parental death and family bereavement.

Center scientists work as a team and in collaboration with neuroscientists from leading academic and research institutions including the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Mental Health, Harvard University, Columbia University, University of California San Diego, Yale University, and the University of Michigan. Driven by a need and commitment to find solutions to optimize military performance and to enhance and treat military health risks such as PTSD and suicide, the work of the Center and its colleagues has implications for all individuals affected by traumatic events and for the public health of our nation.