Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress— Research


Joan Kaufman, Ph.D.
Director of Research


Dr. Joan Kaufman's book Broken Three Times is now available for purchase. Please visit the Publications and Products page for more information.


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.

Risk and Resilience in Maltreated Children

Special Lecture by Dr. Joan Kaufman
MARCH 12, 2015

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Preventing Violence Through Youth Voices in Film:

Watch two compelling short films created by Baltimore youth while participating in a trauma therapy program at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress.

The students created the films to address the personal impact of violence in their communities and to share their voices to become part of the solution to prevent community violence.

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Training Services at the
Center for Child and
Family Traumatic Stress:

Our Center's Training Academy and consultation services have trained over 2,000 professionals, organizations, and community partners on best practices for treating childhood traumatic stress.

If you are a mental health professional, service provider, or organization interested in improving your trauma-focused treatment capacity, visit our Training page to learn more about trainings offered by staff at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress.

Training Courses

Helping Your Child Cope
with Media Coverage of
Community Racial Trauma
& Civil Unrest:

A short video providing tips for helping children cope with media coverage of racial trauma and community unrest:

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