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Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents

The Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents is considered a national leader in developing and researching evidence-based, trauma focused therapies for children and adolescents.  It provides prompt evaluation and treatment of children who have experienced a variety of traumatic life events, including abuse and neglect, witnessing violence at home, school, or in the community, death of a loved one, natural or man-made disasters, accidents, medical traumas or traumas related to terrorism or war.  Founded and directed by Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D. and Judith A. Cohen, M.D., the program's focus is on children and families affected by trauma, with the goal of alleviating serious symptoms and promoting healthy coping responses in these children and their families.  The Center employs evidence-based models including trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), abuse-focused CBT, and traumatic grief CBT, which was adapted from TF-CBT for children who lost a loved one under traumatic circumstances and which includes sequential child and parent trauma and grief-focused components.  The Center develops, tests, adapts, disseminates, and implements these and other evidence-supported treatments for traumatized children, adolescents and families in collaboration with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and others. 

The Center is the only one of its kind in the region.  In addition to offering evaluation and treatment services, the Center is committed to making others aware of the impact of trauma through trainings, research, and outreach.  In this vein, the Center is involved in the development of educational materials for parents and professionals, conducts train-the-trainer programs, and participates in the TF-CBT National Breakthrough Series Collaborative.

The Center works collaboratively across service systems, including outpatient, inpatient, community-based settings, schools, juvenile justice facilities, foster homes and group homes, and with child protective services agencies. 

To make a referral, an appointment, or to obtain more information, please contact the Center's Intake Evaluator at 412.330.4328 or go to


WPAHS In the News 

Judith A. Cohen, MD receives Sarah Haley Memorial Award

The Sarah Haley Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence is given to a clinician or group of clinicians providing direct service to traumatized individuals and whose contributions to the field exemplify the work of Sarah Haley. The 2012 award recipient is Judith A. Cohen, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine and Medical Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital.

Dr. Cohen reflects on how treatment in the field of child trauma has changed over the past 30 years.

Nationally Recognized AGH Team Wins $4 Million Federal Grant to Expand Reach of Pioneering Therapy for Traumatized Children

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded a four-year, $4 million grant to two Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) researchers that will expand the use of an innovative and effective treatment for traumatized children called Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment developed by Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D. and Judith Cohen, MD, the internationally recognized leaders of AGH’s Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, along with Esther Deblinger, Ph.D. of the New Jersey CARES Institute, School of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. It is widely considered the model of care with the strongest evidence of helping children recover from trauma, including sexual abuse, domestic violence, and traumatic loss.

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Trauma-Focused CBT for Children and AdolescentsNew from Guilford Press - Trauma-Focused CBT for Children and Adolescents Treatment Applications edited by Judith A. Cohen, M.D. and Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D., Center for Traumatic Stress in children and Adolescents, Allegheny General Hospital, and Esther Deblinger, Ph.D., School of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

The book became available in May 2012 and is receiving critical acclaim.  Since the publication of Cohen et al's Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) has become the leading empirically supported treatment for children exposed to traumatic life events. This book -- featuring a wealth of clinical examples -- describes ways that T-CBT is being applied in a wide range of contexts and with diverse populations.

In the wake of child sexual abuse allegations being levied against former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky, child psychologist Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, participated in a hearing before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families to determine how well federal laws - most specifically reporting requirements - are working to protect children.

Dr. Mannarino provided written testimony about the ramifications of child abuse and steps Congress can take to better protect children.