The Ohio State STAR Program has led psychological trauma education and training for the Midwest region for years. To ensure that our approaches to treatment are leading-edge, we conduct ongoing, interdisciplinary research on the causes, biological and behavioral markers, prevention and treatment approaches for psychological trauma. The results of this research are used to improve our therapies and treatment for trauma survivors. They also inform our STAR Brief Emotional Support Team (BEST) Program, so that our customized training for first responders, clinical staff and community organizations reflect the latest developments in the field.

Sharing Expertise Locally, Regionally & Nationally


Emerging programs at other hospitals and community organizations throughout central Ohio and the Midwest have come to rely on the Ohio State STAR Program as an invaluable resource. Sharing our technical expertise on trauma-related training programs, treatment approaches and cross-discipline institutional procedures assists with process and service delivery improvement as well as identifying best practices for everyone involved.

STAR team members participate in monthly meetings between trauma service providers from across the Midwest to exchange experience and knowledge in operations, therapeutic approaches and training methods. Building on our experience in forming this Midwest Alliance, the STAR Program is now working with trauma recovery centers across the country to create a formal National Alliance.

Research Initiatives

  • Feasibility and efficacy on behavioral and biological markers of an innovative mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (two posters presented at international conferences)
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Survey of burnout and compassion fatigue of OSUWMC staff
  • Feasibility and efficacy on behavioral and biological markers of an innovative mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (two posters presented at international conferences)
  • Pilot study of new markers of stress
  • Feasibility and effectiveness of workplace iRest intervention for stress reduction. reactivity and resilience were measured before and after the intervention
  • Analyzing abnormal face emotion recognition in patients with PTSD
  • Determine if social media use in adolescents can help suicidal teens to access care
  • Information Warehouse: History of trauma among psychiatric inpatients with mood disorders
  • Support intervention for Shared-Decision making about depressive symptoms in Diabetes Mellitus

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