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Trauma and Anxiety in Children

Interactions of Language Impairment and Childhood Trauma Interventions Examined Using fMRI

Principal Investigator: Karina S. Blair, Ph.D.

The Program for Trauma and Anxiety in Children (PTAC) was created in October 2016 as part of the Center for Neurobehavioral Research

The PTAC strives to be a national leader for research on the impact of maltreatment (abuse and neglect) on the developing brain and on the neurobiological basis of anxiety disorders in adolescents.  Our primary research methodology is functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) though other techniques are also adopted as appropriate.

Interactions of Language Impairment and Childhood Trauma Interventions Examined Using fMRI

Most interventions for maltreatment heavily rely on language.  However, the extent to which language level moderates intervention efficacy has received almost no attention. This project will determine the extent to which language ability moderates the efficacy of two interventions for maltreatment (the more language dependent Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and the less language dependent Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing [EMDR]).  The results from this project may help guide intervention choice as a function of language ability.