A world/community prepared to prevent exposure to trauma and minimize the adverse impact for those affected.

Our Objectives

  • Markers & Mechanisms:
    To advance understanding of factors that foster risk or resilience for posttraumatic stress and other problems following trauma exposure
  • Intervention:
    To empirically validate and implement novel treatments for trauma survivors and increase precision of matching interventions with patients and with specific symptom profiles
  • Prevention:
    To empirically validate and implement approaches to minimize risk for PTSD in at-risk acute trauma survivors
  • Community Engagement:
    To maximize the utility of these research efforts via direct input into clinically meaningful outcomes and research approaches from providers, community agencies serving trauma-exposed individuals, and trauma-exposed individuals and communities themselves
  • Education and Training:
    To disseminate research findings directly to Milwaukee area providers and agencies to advance front-line care, to educate providers in specific techniques for assessing risk and offering prevention and intervention approaches, and to educate the public and policy makers about risk factors and opportunities for prevention and intervention
  • Community Engagement/Population Health:
    To provide a forum for a network of scientists, providers, and communities to share their unique perspectives on trauma and trauma-informed care and to work together to improve quality of life for trauma survivors and trauma-impacted communities
Our history:

MTOP was founded around a group of researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University and the Milwaukee VA. This team’s expertise spans neurobiological, cognitive, behavioral, social, and intervention science. Several of these researchers also provide direct clinical care to survivors of recent trauma and those with chronic PTSD. The current core membership provides a strong foundation in neurobiological and psychological mechanisms that predict risk and resilience in the aftermath of trauma, validated interventions for post traumatic stress, socio-environmental influences on trauma outcomes, and affect dysregulation in post traumatic stress conditions.