(1) Establishment of an Endowed Clinical Directorship

The Trauma Center at JRI has undertaken an important campaign to establish an endowed Clinical Directorship--the Herman Chair. In honor of one of the groundbreaking pioneers in our field, Dr. Judith Herman, the Herman Chair will ensure that the Trauma Center is able to continue to provide unparalleled service and support for the often underserved population of individuals whose lives have been influenced by varied and complex traumatic exposures. Once fully funded, the endowment which supports this chaired Directorship will go directly toward supporting key administrative personnel vital to ensuring the continuation of quality clinical services that are independent of private or public funding sources.

Past contributions to the Catherine Jacobus Endowment Fund, held within our nonprofit parent organization the Justice Resource Institute, have already successfully led to the establishment of The van der Kolk Chaired Research Directorship at Justice Resource Institute, named in honor of our center’s founder and established to ensure an independently funded position that will enable the continuation into perpetuity of an independent voice of scientific integrity in the field of traumatic stress.

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(2) Program Development Fund

The Program Development Fund provides support for the Trauma Center's clinical programming that helps survivors of trauma improve the quality of their lives through innovative interventions. The Trauma Center is home to many different types of programs, including ARC (Attachment, Regulation, and Competency), SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment), Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Pathways 2 Permanency, Project Reach (anti-human trafficking) to name a few. The Trauma Center is an outpatient clinic that serves children, adolescents, and adults in the metro Boston area. In addition, The Trauma Center consults on clinical approaches nationally and internationally.

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(3) Child Neurofeedback Study

Neurofeedback is one specific interest at The Trauma Center. We recently completed the first randomized controlled trial of clinical neurofeedback for adult trauma survivors, which revealed that 20 sessions of neurofeedback over 10 weeks not only dramatically reduces PTSD at levels equal to or greater than those observed in top-tier research on trauma-focused therapies for adult PTSD. It is also the first PTSD treatment outcome study to demonstrate substantial improvements in executive functioning (e.g. impulse control, attention and concentration, decision-making and problem-solving, cognitive flexibility, etc.) as a result of treatment. The findings of this important study have major implications for intervention with survivors of chronic and severe trauma, many of whose lives have been significantly limited by deficits in these vitally important higher-order cognitive capacities the absence of which derails learning and functioning in school, vocation, relationships and society.

Recognizing the critical implications of these findings for early intervention with traumatized children, we embarked on a new randomized controlled study of Neurofeedback for children despite the persistent refusal of federal research institutions to fund clinical research on neurofeedback. A generous donation from a private donor, in combination with dedication of our limited research reserves amassed the $200,000 necessary to cover costs associated with half of this study, which has now been actively underway since summer 2014. We have completed the first phase of recruiting 40 children with histories of severe trauma, such as abuse or neglect, many of whom have been adopted by loving parents from the Boston area and beyond. The children received 24 neurofeedback treatment sessions administered by our well-trained staff. We are currently analyzing the data. After completing the data analysis, the study may seek additional participants.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Position 2020-2022


Post-Graduate Social Work Fellowship Position 2020-2022


Gender Neutral Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Class on Saturdays


Trauma Center at JRI awarded federal grant of $633,405 to help those affected by human trafficking


Suffolk University and the Trauma Center at JRI Receive $3 Million National Child Traumatic Stress Network Grant


Books by Trauma Center Faculty and Colleagues available on