Welcome to the Center for Stress Trauma and Resilience (CSTR)

Disorders that have a strong relationship to stress, trauma and loss, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, grief, anxiety, and depression are an important focus of this center. CSTR is responsible for leading the Department’s activities related to stress, trauma, and resilience, and forming collaborations with related programs across the medical center and university. Since exposure to trauma is a particularly important problem in public-sector programs, a key responsibility of CSTR will be to build relationships with agencies in the public sector and to develop knowledge and clinical products for use across the public-sector service systems.

The main goal of the CSTR is to advance our discovery and impact for stress, trauma, and resilience. This is accomplished through initiatives to promote awareness of the impact and consequences of trauma in all patient populations, expand trauma screening in clinical care settings, expand national use of Trauma Systems Therapy, and liaise with child welfare and other organizations to improve trauma-informed care. Our team consists of world leaders in child trauma and PTSD, has been awarded multiple national grants focused on expanding trauma awareness and screening in public systems, and has strong existing partnerships with child welfare and other organizations.

Specific initiatives include three grants aimed at creating trauma-informed system and policy changes in child welfare and juvenile secure detention, a clinical service at the Child Study Center offering assessment and treatment for youth and families suffering from traumatic stress, trauma services at Bellevue Hospital Center for inpatients and outpatients, and stress and resilience assistance for pediatric injury and illnesses at NYU Langone Medical Center. In addition, the NYU Child Study Center oversees, develops, and provides consultation in Trauma Systems Therapy, a model of care for traumatized children addressing both the individual child’s emotional needs as well as their social environment.

Visit the A-Z Disorder Guide for more information on PTSD and related disorders such as depression, phobias and other anxiety disorders.