Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Program Director: Kenneth Yeager, PhD
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
- STAR Clinic
- Education and Training
- STAR Program Research
- Ways to Give
Annual Suicide Prevention Conference
Conference 2016: Suicide and the Family
Friday, May 13
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ohio Union Performance Hall (on the campus of The Ohio State University)
1739 N. High St.
The STAR Program, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, present the third annual Suicide Prevention Conference, a statewide symposium focused on strategies, advancements and outcomes in suicide prevention.
Attendees will learn how to:
- Integrate current knowledge regarding familial aspects of suicide.
- Apply current state-of-the-art, best practice information associated with suicide and the loss of a loved one.
- Engage in supportive, non-judgmental conversations with families and groups of persons touched by a suicide. Specific guidelines will be addressed, outlined and demonstrated.
- Apply best therapy practice methods in clinical efforts to prevent suicide.
Caitlin Willet, Program Coordinator
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. To schedule a BEST session, please contact STAR Program Coordinator, Caitlin Willet, at 293-7827 or at Caitlin.Willet@osumc.edu.
Education and Training
Schwartz Center RoundsSchwartz 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
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
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)
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Caitlin Willet, site coordinator, at Caitlin.Willet@osumc.edu. To learn more about the Schwartz Center Rounds, visit theschwartzcenter.org.
STAR Program Research
STAR Program Research
- 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.
- 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
Give a Gift to the STAR Program TodayThe 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 InformationKenneth Yeager, PhD
Caitlin Willet, MPH
Associate Director of Development
The Ohio State Neurological Institute