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Untangling the Mysteries of Trauma and the Brain

Randall D. Marshall, M.D.
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Marshall, the New York State Psychiatric Institute Director of Trauma Studies and Services and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, led studies on treatments for PTSD and trained mental health professionals in specialized trauma treatment after the World Trade Center attacks

In this clip Marshall explains how biological psychiatry and psychotherapy are coming together.


Rachel Yehuda, Ph.D.
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Yehuda, Professor of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Bronx Veterans Affairs, investigates the neurobiology of stress.

In this excerpt, Yehuda explains that persons with PTSD seem to be more sensitive to stress hormones.

Carol North, M.D.
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North, a Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, is a disaster psychiatrist who travels the world cataloguing the psychological fallout from natural and manmade disasters. She is currently doing an epidemiological study of World Trade Center workers.

In this clip, she explains how the PTSD diagnosis is different from other psychiatric disorders.

David Silbersweig, M.D.
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Silbersweig, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Cornell University Weill Medical College Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, is investigating the effects of PTSD on the brains of 9/11 survivors using brain imaging technology.

In this clip he explains what parts of the brain are affected by PTSD.



Craig Katz, M.D.
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Katz, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Acute Psychiatric Services at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, provided psychological first aid at the Family Assistance Center near Ground Zero after 9/11. Katz also coordinated 700 mental health volunteers through Disaster Psychiatry Outreach.

Here he describes the role he and his colleagues played in psychological first-aid.


Sandro Galea, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.
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Galea, formerly of the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine conducted phone surveys after 9/11 to measure the symptoms of PTSD among New Yorkers. Galea is currently at the University of Michigan.

In this clip he describes some of the surprising findings about who was at risk for developing PTSD after 9/11.

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