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First Baptist Church Shootings in Sutherland Springs Disaster Response and Recovery Resources

In response to the tragic shootings at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has created resource page with information and educational fact sheets which provides disaster mental health information to assist families, responders, community leaders, and healthcare providers in response and recovery efforts. The resource page can found HERE.

Army STARRS: Vol 1, Iss 19 (UPDATED NOVEMBER 6, 2017)

This document is an ongoing continuous summary of Army STARRS and STARRS-LS publications. Army STARRS (2009-2015) was the largest and most comprehensive research project of mental health among U.S. Army Soldiers ever conducted. The project was designed to examine a broad range of risk and resilience (protective) factors across a complex set of outcomes including suicidal behaviors and associated mental health issues. Army STARRS scientists created a series of large and extensive databases with the potential to achieve groundbreaking results. These databases allow scientists to investigate a diverse combination of factors from demographic, psychological, biological, neurological, behavioral, and social domains with the goal of generating actionable findings for the Army. The project was designed using an adaptive approach which means it evolved as new information became available over the course of the project. The research team shared preliminary findings, as they became available, with senior Army leadership so the Army could apply them to its ongoing health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention efforts. The work is continuing under the STARRS Longitudinal Study (STARRS-LS) which runs from 2015 to 2020.

American Psychiatric Association's Military and Veteran Mental Health Series

The American Psychiatric Association, in collaboration with the Society of Uniformed Services Psychiatrists, has released the Military and Veteran Mental Health Series. This series provides free online courses to member psychiatrists who treat and interact with service members, veterans, and their families. Members may be eligible for up to 3.5 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Please click HERE for more details

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES DISASTER RESPONSE AND RECOVERY RESOURCES

In support of those responding to the wildfires in California, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has created a dedicated page with information and resources on grief, evacuation centers, psychological and behavioral reactions to disasters, vulnerable populations, health risk and crisis communication, exposure and contamination, and workplace management during crisis. These can be accessed by clicking HERE

US Army Culture for Researchers Book

The Center has developed "US Army Culture: An Introduction for Behavioral Health Researchers" to assist researchers with understanding Army culture and how this impacts the development, conduct, and analysis of research involving soldiers and their families. The book provides information on a range of Army topics including: history and culture; understanding Active, Guard and Reserve components; key terminology and rank structure; as well as pragmatic suggestions to enhance research and related products. The book can be accessed here.

Las Vegas Concert Shooting Disaster Response and Recovery Resources

In response to the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has created a dedicated page with information and resources on grief, psychological and behavioral reactions to disasters, vulnerable populations, health risk and crisis communication, and workplace management following a crisis. These can be accessed by clicking HERE

MEXICO EARTHQUAKES DISASTER RESPONSE AND RECOVERY RESOURCES

In support of those responding to the earthquakes in Mexico, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has created a dedicated page with information and resources on grief, evacuation centers, psychological and behavioral reactions to disasters, vulnerable populations, health risk and crisis communication, and workplace management during crisis. These can be accessed by clicking HERE.

HURRICANES HARVEY, IRMA, KATIA AND MARIA

In response to the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Katia, the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has created a dedicated page with information and resources on grief, evacuation centers, psychological and behavioral reactions to disasters, vulnerable populations, health risk and crisis communication, and workplace management during crisis communication, and workplace management during crisis. These can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Research Review Summer 2017

CSTS is pleased to release the Summer 2017 edition of Research Review (RR). RR presents summaries of current and emerging research in the areas of intimate partner violence (IPV) and child maltreatment. In this edition, the subjects of the child maltreatment articles are colic, assessment of physical abuse and the risk for fatalities, resilience in children, and educational neglect. IPV articles are on the relationships between IPV and animal abuse, adult conflict and breakups, families with complex needs, and needs of female victims of IPV. RR can be freely distributed to anyone who may benefit from this information.

Article - VA's National PTSD Brain Bank: a National Resource for Research

The National PTSD Brain Bank (NPBB) is a brain tissue biorepository established to support research on the causes, progression, and treatment of PTSD. This article describes the organization and operations of NPBB with specific attention to: tissue acquisition, tissue processing, diagnostic assessment, maintenance of a confidential data biorepository, adherence to ethical standards, governance, accomplishments to date, and future challenges. 

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FACTSHEET: ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS FOR SPECIAL OPERATORS

Military personnel can experience a variety of stressors and potentially traumatic events, which increase the risk for distress and mental health disorders. Effective recognition and management of these stressors can enhance the health and well-being of service members, and optimize military readiness. Below are instruments that assess a broad range of work–life stressors that can impact military special operators.

Joining Forces Joining Families, Summer 2017

CSTS presents the latest edition of Joining Forces Joining Families (JFJF) Digest, a publication on research related to intimate partner violence and child maltreatment, distributed by the Center for the Study of the Traumatic Stress as part of the Family Violence Trauma Project. It will be of interest to family services professionals, healthcare providers, public health professionals and policy makers among others. This issue features an interview with experts on the perpetration of and effects on victims of bullying with an emphasis on cyberbullying, a review of traditional bullying, cyberbullying, and recent research on risks and benefits of digital technologies that are often used by children and adolescents. Additional content is included on conducting research in the field of bullying and websites that provide information on bullying.

ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS AND PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY WORKERS

First responders and public health emergency workers can experience a variety of stressors and potentially traumatic events, which increase the risk for distress and mental health disorders. Effective recognition and management of these stressors can enhance the health, well-being, and occupational functioning of these personnel. Below are instruments that assess a broad range of work-life stressors.

CSTS Scientists authored "Disaster Psychiatry: Disasters, Terrorism and War"

A synthesis of important concepts in an area of long-standing interest and involvement, for a classic international psychiatry textbook. Click here for citation

Annual Report 2016

Available for immediate viewing is the 2016 Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) annual report.

May 22 Bombing in Manchester, England

In response to the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday, May 22nd, the Center is distributing disaster mental health education fact sheets to support the well-being of responders, families, healthcare providers, and others affected by this event.

Leadership Communication: Anticipating and Responding to Stressful Events

Funerals and Memorials A Part of Recovery

Grief Leadership: Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy

Leadership Stress Management

Managing the Stress of Children After a Disaster

Information for First Responders on Emotional Reactions to Human Bodies in Mass Death

Information for Healthcare Providers in Body Recovery from Mass Death 

Safety, Recovery and Hope after Disaster Helping Communities and Families Recover

The Debriefing Debate

 

 

Mobile Applications for Mental Health Providers

This article, authored by CSTS Scientist Dr. Joshua Morganstein, reviews six mobile applications that can assist healthcare providers and consumers in the delivery and utilization of mental health care. For additional details, review the abstract here.

 

Pre-doctoral fellowship award

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress is pleased to announce the first annual CSTS Pre-doctoral fellowship award.  This award is in support of a USUHS graduate student for innovative basic or clinical research studies leading to a PhD degree while addressing the primary mission of the CSTS, namely, to research the health consequences of trauma, disaster, and terrorism.  This award provides two years of salary support while the pre-doctoral student works on their doctoral studies.  The 2016 CSTS Pre-doctoral Fellowship Award recipient is Francis T. Djankpa for his project “The KCC2 influence on neuronal migration in a ferret model of cortical dysplasia.”

For more information click here

PTSD Brain Bank News Spot

News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports

The Uniformed Services University and Veteran's Administration have partnered to open the national PTSD Brain Bank, where researchers will investigate the impact of stress, trauma and PTSD on brain tissue. This work is being conducted in order to advance the scientific knowledge of PTSD, particularly the identification of PTSD biomarkers. Recent media coverage of the Brain Bank, it's relevance and potential impacts can be found here.