Current and Completed Research
Child Biofeedback Study
Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) Field Trial Diagnosis Study
After successful completion of Phase I and data collection for Phase II of the Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) Field Trial, we are now recruiting an additional wave of field trial participants in order to reach the requisite sample size for sufficient statistical power to conclusively test the validity and clinical utility of this proposed psychiatric disorder. Hence, Phase III of the DTD Field Trial will involve recruitment of an additional 300 children and their caregivers from clinical samples across an additional six national field trial sites. In an effort to target populations that were underrepresented in the previous wave of data collection and to make our research more reflective of the diversity within the United States, sites that serve Asian American, American Indian, Native Alaskan, tribal, and/or rural youth are strongly encouraged to apply. Likewise, clinical settings that specialize in the treatment of non-trauma focused child psychiatric problems and disorders (e.g., attentional, eating, mood, behavioral disorders, etc.) are also strongly encouraged to apply, as are large, general community-based child mental or behavioral health settings.
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This study is closed and data analyses are underway.
Yoga as a Complementary Treatment for Chronic PTSD
This randomized controlled study found a short-term yoga program was associated with reduced trauma symptoms in women with PTSD. Traditional trauma therapies have faced challenges in the treatment of childhood onset chronic trauma and its associated symptoms of affect dysregulation, heightened physiological states, somatic problems, dissociation and avoidance. Body-based work, such as yoga, may act as a treatment bridge, increasing a sense of awareness, safety and mastery over one's body while building skills to effectively interpret and tolerate physiological and affective states. Yoga, one of the top ten most widely practiced forms of complementary alternative medicine in the United States, incorporates techniques of breathing exercises, physical postures, movement, relaxation and mindfulness.
Improvisational Theater-Based Youth Violence Prevention
As a funded member of the Hamilton Fish Institute's Youth Violence Prevention Consortium and with support from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, we have evaluated and developed programs for the past five years that utilize structured improvisational theater to teach violence prevention and conflict resolution to Boston public school students. In collaboration with Urban Improv, we have developed Trauma Drama, an intervention for violence-exposed middle school students, as well as a teacher-led companion curriculum to Urban Improv for elementary school students.
Attachment, Self-Regulation, & Competency (ARC)
Recognized by the NCTSN as a promising practice, ARC is a comprehensive framework for intervention with youth exposed to complex trauma. Intervention is tailored to each client's needs and may include individual and group therapy for children, education for caregivers, parent-child sessions, and parent workshops.