Welcome to the STAR Initiative at Brown University

The Initiative on Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) was formed in 2019 with support from the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. The STAR Initiative aims to foster transdisciplinary collaborations within Brown University, to provide training opportunities for researchers and clinicians who want to address stress and trauma, to enhance partnerships with local and community stakeholders, and to affect policy at the local, national, and international levels.

The mission of the STAR Initiative​ is to:

  • catalyze transdisciplinary collaboration at Brown and around Rhode Island to foster transformative, translational research on early stress, trauma, adversity, and resilience. 
  • focus on novel biomarkers that may be harnessed to identify early markers of risk, resilience, and disease.
  • establish Brown and Rhode Island as a hub and center of innovation for translational research in stress, trauma, adversity and resilience.