Trauma Recovery Innovations

The Trauma Recovery Innovations Program is dedicated to developing treatments for people affected by traumatic events that are easier to use and sustain in real world clinical settings across the globe. The psychological effects of traumatic events are major contributing factors to the global burden of disease. They include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and substance use disorders which in turn lead to tremendous societal and personal costs. PTSD alone costs an estimated $3 billion per year in lost worker productivity.  
Given the public health effects of traumatic events like sexual assault, natural disasters, and combat exposure, the research efforts of the Trauma Recovery Innovation Program have tremendous potential to improve care for individuals who experience trauma. There are interventions with strong research support. However, many people cannot get access to these treatments.
Because of this, we are devoted to creating new interventions and to rebuilding existing interventions from the ground up to make them easier to learn and deliver. In tandem with this effort, we are studying novel means of delivering new and repurposed interventions and developing best practices surrounding their implementation and dissemination. We work to increase both the accessibility and portability of evidence-based interventions for a wide range of populations and settings.

Kaysen (2).jpg Debra Kaysen, PhD, ABPP

Director, Trauma Recovery Innovations Program

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

P: 206-221-4657