Nearly 90 percent of Americans are exposed to a traumatic event at some time in their lives. This includes abuse or violence, a disaster, a medical condition, or a sudden and profound loss. Using evidence-based trauma-informed practices and approaches to care, the Ohio State Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health’s Stress, Trauma And Resilience (STAR) Program addresses the critical need to address traumatic experience before illness or injury as well as after.

Specifically, the STAR Program:
  • Serves as a resource for psychological trauma education and training for students, faculty and professionals from The Ohio State University and the central Ohio region.
  • Conducts cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on the causes, biological and behavioral markers, prevention and treatment approaches of psychological trauma.
  • Provides trauma-informed personalized health care.

Clinical Services, Education and Research

With the STAR Program’s integrated approach that combines physical and mental health perspectives, we strive to offer personalized care for trauma victims and their families based on the individual’s unique history, biology, behavior and environment. Our evidence-based clinical services provide maximum support.

We are also passionate about trauma education and research. In STAR, healthcare professionals work together to develop best practices and partner with patients who will drive the recovery process. STAR not only addresses the effects of trauma and stress on patients and families, but its impact on healthcare providers as well. For more information, visit our STAR support webpage.

Current activities include:
  • Development of The STAR Clinic, an outpatient program offering integrated therapeutic interventions. The clinic also provides trauma and support services for physicians, other healthcare professionals and first responders, such as police and firefighters who may be suffering from the effects of vicarious trauma and burnout.
  • Trauma-Support Services (TSS) to offer brief emotional supportive therapy for staff after the experience of difficult events. It provides time to debrief and defuse as well as grieve loss. Aftercare and follow-ups are critical aspects of TSS.
  • Implementation and dissemination of resilience-building strategies including psychological first aid, solution-focused interventions, strengths- based interventions, mindfulness based interventions, cognitive behavioral interventions and the relaxation response.

Watch this video about two patients of the OSU Stress, Trauma And Resilience (STAR) 

Annual Suicide Prevention Conference

Conference 2016: Suicide and the Family

The STAR Program, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, present the annual Suicide Prevention Conference, a statewide symposium focused on strategies, advancements and outcomes in suicide prevention.

Details for the 2017 Conference will be released soon.

STAR Clinic

STAR Clinic

The STAR Clinic, a division of The Ohio State Behavioral Health outpatient program, offers therapeutic interventions for people suffering from the impact of traumatic stress. Staffed by experienced healthcare professionals, we also provide trauma and support services for physicians, healthcare professionals and first responders such as police and firefighters who may be suffering from the effects of vicarious trauma and burnout. Go to STAR Clinic site.

STAR Clinic
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
1670 Upham Drive, Fifth Floor
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

BEST Services: Brief Emotional Support Therapy

BEST sessions provide staff at the OSU Wexner Medical Center time to debrief and defuse as well as to grieve losses after a traumatic situation. Aftercare and follow-up are critical after a difficult event or loss.

Education and Training

STAR serves central Ohio community professionals, OSU graduate students and faculty as a resource for trauma education and training. We focus on ways to improve the delivery of holistic, trauma-informed care that is interdisciplinary, evidence-based, culturally competent and consumer-focused.

Schwartz Center Rounds

Schwartz Center Rounds are multidisciplinary forums where clinical caregivers and non-clinical faculty and staff discuss the social and emotional issues that arise in caring for patients. The rounds allow caregivers from multiple disciplines to come together on a regular basis to discuss the most challenging emotional and social issues they face in caring for patients. Round discussions have also led to important changes in healthcare practices and policies.

Among caregivers who attend multiple Schwartz Center Rounds sessions:
  • 90 percent report better communication with their coworkers
  • 88 percent report a greater sense of teamwork
  • 88 percent report and enhanced ability to meet patients’ emotional and social needs
  • 75 percent report feeling less isolated and alone in their work
Academic Medicine (June 2010)

Previous topics have covered:
  • The Unexpected Death of Young Patient
  • The Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Population
  • ECMO Unit: Difficult Decisions and Ethical Dilemmas
  • A Triple Threat: Loss, Family Dynamics and the Risk of Violence in an Ambulatory Setting
  • Adherence vs. Autonomy: The Freedom to Make Bad Decisions
  • Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Care of the Sickle Cell Patient Population 
All clinical and non-clinical faculty and staff are welcomed to attend. Boxed lunches will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium H1213
Noon-1 p.m. the first Friday of the month with the exception of holiday

University Hospital East - Wallace Auditorium
Noon-1 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month on a quarterly basis (August, November, February, May)

To learn more about the Schwartz Center Rounds, visit

STAR Program Research

STAR Program Research

Ohio State’s STAR Program conducts research that promotes evidence-based knowledge of the need for trauma-informed care and intervention, the feasibility and efficacy of stress reduction, and the identification of new biological mediators of the stress response and its deleterious effects.

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
  • Pilot study of new markers of stress

Publications and Presentations

  • Duchemin AM, Steinberg B, Mark D, Vanover K, Klatt M. A Modified Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Surgical Intensive Care Unit Personnel Reduces Stress Reactivity and Salivary α-Amylase Levels. Submitted to Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
  • Klatt M, Steinberg B, Duchemin AM. Mindfulness in motion: a low-dose mindfulness stress reduction intervention designed for the work place. Submitted to Journal of Visualized Experiments.
  • Steinberg B, Klatt M, Duchemin AM. Feasibility of a Modified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Intervention at the Work Place for Surgical Intensive care Unit Personnel. To be submitted to American Journal of Critical Care.
  • Olson J, Wills CE, Glass K, Miller C, Gideon V, Brodie E, Duchemin AM. Association of adverse childhood experiences and perceived autonomy support with diabetes-related distress among adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus and depressive symptoms. To be submitted for publication.
  • Gurumurthy S, Wilson J, Duchemin AM. Role of Social Media in Adolescents' Access to Psychiatric Care. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Meeting, Orlando, 2013.
  • Yeager K, Kastan H, Duchemin AM. Trauma Support Service (TSS): Building Resilience for Healthcare Providers. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 29th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 2013.
  • Kastan H, Yeager K, Braunlin J, Duchemin AM. Trauma Support Service (TSS): Development of the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Program in an Academic Medical Setting. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 29th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 2013.
  • Misquitta D, Preston MM, Sharma S, Duchemin AM. History of trauma associated with increased number of hospitalizations and increased number of antidepressant trials in patients hospitalized for acute psychiatric disorder. 4th International "Stress and Behavior" Neuroscience and Biopsychiatry Conference, New Orleans, 2014.
  • Tootle A, Yeager K. Utilizing the Stress Trauma and Resilience (STAR) program to decrease caregiver fatigue. ANCC National Magnet Conference, Texas, 2014.

Research Projects

  • Protocol 2013H0335: Feasibility and effectiveness of workplace iRest intervention for stress reduction. AM Duchemin, K Yeager, O Koeppel. Randomized study of iRest intervention (provided by Lee Szykowny) to personnel at OSU Behavioral Health/Harding Hospital. Assessments of stress, stress reactivity and resilience were measured before and after the intervention. 
  • Protocol 2013H0145: Characterizing face processing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A Martinez, AM Duchemin. Analyzing abnormal face emotion recognition in patients with PTSD (correlate with fMRI and genetic polymorphism) to help understand the mechanisms and neuronal pathways involved in PTSD.
  • Protocol 2012H0243. Social media use in adolescents recently admitted to a psychiatric inpatient unit. AM Duchemin, S Gurumurthy, J Wilson. Determine if use of social media can help suicidal teens to access care.
  • Information Warehouse: History of trauma among psychiatric inpatients with mood disorders: Association with indexes of disease severity and treatment resistance. AM Duchemin, M Preston, D Misquitta. Results: psychiatric inpatients of OSU Harding with mood disorders and a history of trauma have almost twice the number of psychiatric hospitalizations compared to patients without trauma. They also have a significant increase in number of antidepressant trials suggesting more treatment-resistant disorders.
  • Protocol 2010H0000: “Support intervention for Shared-Decision making about depressive symptoms in Diabetes Mellitus: A comparative effectiveness pilot study.” C Wills, Ca Miller, A Villena, C Holloman, M Belluri, AM Duchemin. Analyzing the role of early childhood trauma and depression in making decision of treatment and disease outcomes in patients with mild to moderate depression and diabetes.

Ways to Give

STAR Annual Fundraising Event

Each year we host a fundraising event, Faces of Resilience, to support the continued growth and improvement of STAR clinical services for patients suffering from the effects of trauma and associated mental illness. We are ever thankful for the continued generosity of our partners and sponsors who support Ohio State’s Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program. Your passion, commitment and contributions make our achievements possible. With your help, we will continue our mission to provide education, conduct research and improve lives by delivering high-quality patient-centered care for those in need.

Give a Gift to the STAR Program Today

The Stress Trauma And Resilience Program Fund (Fund Number: 312829) supports the OSU psychological trauma and stress program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health including education, training clinical services, clinical trials and research.

Contact Information

Kenneth Yeager, PhD
Program Director

Kyle Sebastian
Associate Director of Development
The Ohio State Neurological Institute

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