Using neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry, we are exploring brain-body mechanisms of vulnerability and resilience to childhood trauma. We are studying how trauma and abuse affect brain development in youth, as well as social and biological functioning in families, to lead youth to resilience or vulnerability. With new information learned, we will test whether current and novel treatments can restore brain resilience and mental health in youth victims.
Every year, millions of youth are exposed to severe adversity and psychological trauma. These experiences put youth at high risk for mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and suicide. How do traumatic experiences alter brain development to cause mental illness? What happens in the brain to help kids be resilient? Founded by Dr. Ryan Herringa, a pediatric psychiatrist and neuroscientist, the BRAVE Research Collaborative uses neuroscience to understand the effects of early-life trauma on brain development. Our goal is to translate this knowledge into brain-based treatments for youth victims of trauma and their families. Every child deserves the chance to live up to their fullest potential. For youth victims of trauma, the stakes are even greater. Let’s help them to Be BRAVE.