Current and Completed Research
ARC Randomized Controlled Trial
We are now recruiting children and adolescents with a history of complex trauma and their caregivers to participate in a multi-year, multi-site, community-effectiveness based randomized controlled trial of the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework. This research study will examine the effectiveness of ARC compared to treatment as usual (TAU) at three community based outpatient clinics in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Child Neurofeedback Study
This study is closed and data analyses are underway.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Study
After successful completion of a pilot intervention study of Internal Family Systems therapy for PTSD, we are now conducting a follow up study examining the impact of IFS treatment on the physiology of the client and therapist during a treatment session. We are currently recruiting adults between the ages of 18 and 58 who have symptoms of PTSD and are in active IFS treatment to participate in this short term 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 conducting Phase III 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. The field trial is recruiting 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.
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.