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Troubled ChildThe Center for Traumatic Stress has several research projects investigating the treatment of trauma in children and adolescents. The studies, performed using state of the art evidence-based treatments, are designed to further explore the efficacy of treatments provided to children and adolescents who have experienced a traumatic event in their lives.  Participation in our studies helps us to understand the impact of trauma on a child's life and to further refine and develop treatments for children who have experienced trauma.

Some of our research projects are funded clinical studies. Qualified patients will be paid for their participation. Other projects are in the developmental phase. Participants of these projects will take part on a voluntary basis. Check each project for further details.

Allegheny General Hospital Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents

The AGH CTSCA continues as a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Treatment and Service Adaptation Center with national expertise in clinical interventions for traumatic stress reactions and traumatic grief. This study will address behavioral health disparities for children in foster care, LGBTQ youth, and military children with traumatic stress reactions or traumatic grief. The focus will be on addressing underserved communities and disparities in recruiting new members of these groups. With Supplemental Funding, Dr. Cohen and Dr. Mannarino will develop a clinical interventions for traumatic stress and traumatic grief partnership of national experts, highly experienced service providers and consumers, to develop and evaluate strategies of national impact to establish a sustainable workforce of therapists who can provide affordable, high quality TF-CBT and AF-CBT for children across the United States.

The study has been funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) effective October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2016.

TF-CBT for Adjudicated Youth in Residential Treatment

Adjudicated YouthJudith Cohen, M.D. and Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D. were awarded funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct a randomized clinical trial of two alternative delivery strategies of an evidence-based treatment for PTSD for adjudicated youth in juvenile justice residential treatment facilities. Sixty therapists in ten New England residential treatment settings will receive one of two delivery strategies: 1) web-based training and open access to the TF-CBT Consult implementation program or 2) web-based training plus two day expert TF-CBT training in addition to 12 months of bimonthly phone consultation with training to TF-CBT fidelity standards. The study provides a unique opportunity to examine the effectiveness of these two unique delivery strategies for providing treatment, with the goal being to minimize future offenses, incarceration, and to potentially change these youths' life trajectories. The study is ongoing through April 30, 2014.

The Warhol Project

This project will integrate sensory art techniques with an established evidence-based treatment (trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy [TF-CBT]) for traumatized children and adolescents with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including diminished facial expression recognition. Through collaboration between the Andy Warhol Museum and the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents staffs, the project will develop and evaluate the acceptability of adding a half-day art workshop at the Andy Warhol Museum for traumatized children ages 7-17. The study is funded from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2014.

For more information on any of the above research projects or to schedule an appointment, please call our coordinator at 412-330-4328.