The goals and objectives of our Research efforts at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress are broad, and span from neurobiology to social policy.

Our focus on neurobiology derives from emerging findings on the long-term effects of early adversity on brain development and overall health and wellbeing. Our focus on social policy comes from strong evidence on the impact of the social environment in moderating the effects of early adversity.

Our research efforts include studies of mental health assessment and treatment outcomes, brain imaging, and genetic and environmental factors (e.g., trauma, social supports) that promote risk and resilience.

We are committed to better understanding the mechanisms by which early adversity increases the chances for psychiatric and other health problems, identifying the factors that help promote resilience, and advocating for policies and practices that best support vulnerable children and families.