Trauma and loss are among the main causes of psychological problems worldwide. Posttraumatic stress disorder affects approximately 4% of the population, causing anxiety, distressing memories, and sleep problems in many survivors of disaster, war, assault, and accidents. Loss can cause Prolonged Grief Disorder in approximately 7% of bereaved people, resulting in considerable impairment for those who cannot overcome the emotional distress of losing a loved one.
The Traumatic Stress Clinic conducts a wide range of studies investigating the brain mechanisms behind PTSD and Prolonged Grief, and the best ways of treating these conditions with a range of therapies including cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness and exposure therapy. Our findings have shaped the way PTSD and grief are treated internationally.
We work with many agencies, including the Australian Defence Force, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, emergency response agencies across Australia, refugee groups, and many other agencies. We use many paradigms, including genetic, neuroimaging, cognitive, and social factors to understand better treatments.