Childhood Stress, Trauma, & Resilience (STAR) T32

NIH/Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Research Training in Childhood Stress, Trauma, and Resilience         

The STAR T32 research training program is an intensive fellowship designed to prepare PhD and MD postdoctoral fellows to conduct cutting-edge, translational, developmentally informed research on childhood stress, trauma and resilience. The STAR T32 program takes a broad approach to stress, adversity, and trauma experienced by children and families and their impact on health outcomes across development, including research on adults with a history of early and later stress/trauma. Fellows emerge as innovative and productive independent investigators through intensive mentorship, foundational didactics, and formulation of an independent STAR research project and grant proposal.

The program embraces an apprenticeship model where fellows work closely with one of a broad base of exceptional faculty mentors conducting innovative, NIH-funded, translational research in STAR-related areas often involving diverse, underserved and disadvantaged populations. Foundational didactics include training in research design, grant writing, professional development, and ethical issues in research. Ongoing funded projects take a comprehensive and in-depth approach to the full range of exposures and traumas, which include pre- and post-natal exposure to stress, trauma, and substance use, domestic violence and parenting influences, childhood maltreatment, parental loss, trauma presenting to the emergency department, gun violence, neighborhood violence, peer interactions, as well as poverty and other contextual risk and resilience factors occurring throughout development and into adulthood. Research topics also include a focus on the biological (genomic, epigenomic, metabolic, hormonal, inflammatory mechanisms), social (including virtual and online interactions), and behavioral pathways and mechanisms of risk and resilience for health disparities and consequences of adversity; health behaviors and outcomes including birth outcomes, as well as later behavioral, psychiatric, and other medical conditions; and interventions and community partnerships that are evidence-based and provide services and treatments to those children and families most at risk.

Learn more about the Initiative on Stress, Trauma, and Resilience in the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (DPHB).


Research trainees select an established mentor whose area of research matches well with their own.  Learn more about the research and clinical interests for faculty mentors listed below.

Michael Armey, PhD

Cynthia Battle, PhD

Larry Brown, MD

Michael Carey, PhD

Linda Carpenter, PhD

Mary Carskadon, PhD

Kate Guthrie, PhD

Elissa Jelalian, PhD

Daphne Koinis-Mitchell, PhD

Elizabeth McQauid, PhD, ABPP

Nicole Nugent, PhD

Lindsay Orchowski, PhD

Stephanie Parade, PhD

Noah Philip, MD

Megan Ranney, MD, MPH

Lori Scott-Sheldon, PhD

Anthony Spirito, PhD, ABPP

Laura Stroud, PhD

Audrey Tyrka, MD, PhD

Rena Wing, PhD