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National Crime Victims Center > Grants & Publications > current_grant_abstracts > Traumatic Stress Across the Lifespan: A Biopsychosocial Training Program

Traumatic Stress Across the Lifespan: A Biopsychosocial Training Program

Principal Investigator: Dean G. Kilpatrick, Ph.D.  <bio sketch>  <e-mail>
Funding Source:  National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)
Award #: T32MH18869
Dates of Project:  01/01/1988 - 06/30/2013

The prevalence of potentially traumatic events, including acts of terrorism like those of September 11th, and trauma-related mental health problems require investigators capable of conducting methodologically sophisticated, clinically relevant research that can inform mental health intervention, public policy, and theory development. 

This program is designed to provide pre- and postdoctoral research training at a site that:

  1. is actively involved in delivery of mental health services to trauma victims and their families
  2. is engaged in a broad spectrum of trauma-related research
  3. addresses the public policy implications of its research findings

The goal of the training program is to produce researchers capable of investigating critical trauma-related issues in a clinically and socially relevant manner.

Trainees will participate in the following core training activities: 

  • familiarization with ongoing research projects and methods
  • supervised readings of relevant literature
  • didactic seminars
  • research mentoring by a preceptor
  • attendance at research meetings and seminars
  • clinical training
  • development of an independent research project(s). 

Training will be provided at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC).  NCVC core faculty represent two disciplines (clinical psychology, social work) and adjunct training faculty represent several others (psychiatry, epidemiology, neuropsychiatry, and experimental psychology). Previous trainees have come from a variety of disciplines, including clinical, school, and counseling psychology, and psychiatry. 

The proposed training program includes 3 pre- and 4 postdoctoral trainees who will receive training on the conduct of research focused on adult and child trauma victims.  One of the postdoctoral trainee positions is specifically designated for a medical doctor (e.g., psychiatry resident). 

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