Our Research

The posts below summarize a sampling of broad topic areas our research covers. You'll also find summaries of results and findings from completed and ongoing studies.
For more information about specific studies see the Ongoing Studies page.

Cortisol, post-traumatic stress, and dysphoria

Leona Kondic

High levels of a stress hormone called cortisol, measured in the days after a traumatic injury, was associated with the development of dysphoria six months later, a symptom similar to depression.

Neighborhood Disadvantage and Cognition

Izzie Piña

In traumatically-injured adults, greater neighborhood disadvantage is associated with stable deficits in neurocognitive functioning.

Racial Discrimination and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Izzie Piña

In trauma-exposed Black adults, experiences of racial discrimination were associated with greater PTSD symptoms.

Postconcussion Syndrome in Veterans

Jacey Kant

Postconcussion syndrome is influenced by psychiatric symptoms in veterans.

Predicting PTSD with Hippocampus Connectivity

Meghan Bennett and Maria Cecilia Abreu-Gonzalez

Individuals with PTSD demonstrate altered hippocampal function that is associated with symptom severity.

What is cortisol?

Meghan Bennett

Cortisol is dynamic. It helps the body respond to stress by activating the body and also helps the body quiet down and regulate after the stressor is passed.