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Child Mental Health Forum - Karestan Koenen, Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Karestan Koenen

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Life Course Burden Within and Across Generations

Karestan Koenen, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology 
Departments of Epidemiology and Social and Behavioral Sciences 
Harvard School of Public Health

Trauma exposure is common globally and disproportionately impacts disadvantaged populations. The major mental health consequence of trauma exposure is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is characterized by reliving the traumatic, feeling anxious and on guard, and experiencing negative thoughts and feelings. Emerging evidence suggests that PTSD is not only distressing in itself but also adversely impacts physical health over the life course and across generations. This talk will discuss how addressing trauma is critical to improving the health of populations and include implications for prevention.

Target Audience: Physicians (psychiatrists, pediatricians, child neurologists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health clinicians and researchers, and students and trainees.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the epidemiology of trauma exposure and PTSD
  2. Identify three ways PTSD impacts health and/or health behavior over the life course
  3. Identify strategies for prevention.


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