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The Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Research Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital conducts federally-funded psychophysiological and neuroimaging research into PTSD.
The research done at the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Research Laboratory seeks to understand both the causes of PTSD and preventative measures that can be taken to prevent its occurrence. Our current research includes:
We welcome referrals for possible participants. Contact us to learn more.
Roger K. Pitman, MDLaboratory DirectorProfessor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolEmail Dr. PitmanPublications by Dr. Pitman
Scott P. Orr, PhDAssociate Director Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolEmail Dr. Orr
Sharon Dekel, PhDAssistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical SchoolDekel lab websiteEmail Dr. DekelPublications by Dr. Dekel
Lisa Shin, PhD Email Dr. Shin
Zohar Berman, PhDGabriella DishyMark Greenberg, PhDElizabeth Hoge, MDNatasha Lasko, PhDGus Mayopoulos, BAMohammed Milad, PhDChristoph Mueller-Pfeiffer, MDKalayon Tanev, MD
Our researchers are engaged in an ongoing series of studies related to both causes and preventative measures for PTSD. The laboratory is currently conducting the following studies.
In this novel study, we examine how having a stressful childbirth experience can influence a mother’s mind and body. We are measuring women’s emotional and physiological response to the recollection of their childbirth experiences.
Prinicipal Investigator: Sharon Dekel
We are currently enrolling participants. To learn more about this study, contact Dr. Dekel at email@example.com or 617-726-1352 or visit Partners Clinical Trials.
This novel study is testing a preventive intervention for women at risk for postpartum depression. It examines the effect of intranasal oxytocin in enhancing maternal bonding and reducing postpartum depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms in mothers at risk.
This study examines how a woman’s experience of childbirth relates to her mental health and well-being. Women are monitored during pregnancy and through the postpartum period in order to learn about potential incidences of post-traumatic stress following childbirth.
To learn more about this study, contact Dr. Dekel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-726-1352.
This study seeks to evaluate which regions of the brain are selectively activated during traumatic re-experiencing.
Prinicipal Investigator: Roger K. Pitman
The major goal of this project is to investigate the effectiveness of the beta-adrengergic blocker propranolol to prevent the development of PTSD in patients presenting to the Mass General Emergency Department after a traumatic experience.
This project aims to examine a promising set of pre-trauma psychophysiologic, endocrinologic and psychometric measures for their ability to predict the occurrence of PTSD following exposure to traumatic events in firefighter, EMT and police recruits.
Prinicipal Investigator: Scott P. Orr
The laboratory also provides consultation to other Mass General faculty, residents, predoctoral fellows, postdoctoral fellows and students regarding PTSD research design and implementation.
Contact us to learn more.
Charlestown Navy Yard 120 2nd Avenue Charlestown, MA 02129
Email Dr. Pitman, Lab Director
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