History and Importance of Research at The Trauma Center

As you know, our Center fills a critical gap in the field through its tireless efforts to advance innovative approaches to healing for survivors of complex psychological trauma. Uninterrupted conduct of a rigorous and systematic program of research is an essential component of establishing the evidence-based of new and evolving approaches to intervention. Obtaining consistent federal research funding to sustain this research is incredibly challenging, particularly given widespread resistance to innovative, mind-body and action-oriented approaches to treatment of trauma, including modalities like trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness based interventions; EMDR; SP and other sensorimotor approaches; IFS and other treatments for dissociation; neurofeedback; theater and expressive-arts based modalities; and ARC, SMART and other interventions forchild complex trauma.

Here are highlights describing some of our most important work to date. In 1982, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was a brand new diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual III. The trauma of war and rape had a few years' worth of research, but the recognition of the prevalence and impact of child abuse was just beginning. At the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk was beginning to formulate the impact of trauma on mind and brain. Over the years, he gathered like-minded colleagues together and began treating, exploring, and researching psychological trauma. Now, 30 years later, the field has exploded and Dr. van der Kolk is still leading the way. We have evolved from focusing on proving the existence of trauma to developing a myriad of specialized treatments (e.g. ARC, SMART, trauma drama, neurofeedback, trauma-informed yoga). Our goal is to help all kinds of victims who have endured a wide range of overwhelming experiences, to research specifically how each of these treatments affect mind, body and relationships, and to help restore people's capacity to be in charge of their lives.

We conducted the first neuroimaging study involving traumatized people, the first study establishing the relationship between childhood trauma and borderline personality, the first on trauma and self-mutilation, the first study on psychopharmacological treatment of PTSD, the first NIMH funded study on EMDR, the first NIMH funded study on yoga for PTSD, and the first study on the effects of neurofeedback for PTSD. Currently, we are spearheading a seven-site national Field Trial on Developmental Trauma Disorder for DSM-5.

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