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Child Traumatic Stress Research Program


This program supports research on mental disorders in the context of traumatic stress as well as basic dimensions of functioning (e.g., fear circuitry, working memory, arousal, emotion regulation) relevant to traditionally defined or perceived posttraumatic psychopathology among children and adolescents. This includes studies that examine the developmental course of, periods of vulnerability or sensitivity for, or risk processes related to the onset, progression, recurrence, and recovery from traumatic stress disorders and their relevant components as well as preventive and treatment interventions.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Studies that identify biomarkers for disease risk, onset, progression, and recovery, in the context of neurodevelopment
  • Studies that test integrative models incorporating biological, behavioral, and environmental/experiential factors in the development of psychopathology
  • Research to identify and validate novel biological, behavioral, cognitive, and other targets for treatment and preventive intervention development
  • Examining novel treatments, including pharmacological, behavioral, and device-based interventions focused on biological, behavioral, and genetic targets implicated in the pathophysiology and course of post-traumatic psychopathology


Susan Borja, Ph.D.
Program Chief
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 7125, MSC 9632