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Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program

Ohio State Behavioral Health's STAR Program is an innovative and exciting initiative of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the OSU Department of Psychiatry that advances the mission of personalized health care.

It is estimated that nearly 90% 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. The STAR Program recognizes the importance of addressing experiences of trauma both prior to and as a result of injury or illness, utilizing evidence-based trauma-informed practices and approaches to care. The STAR Program is committed to improving education, treatment, and research around these critical needs.



To improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from psychological trauma through innovations in research, education, and patient care.


The vision of Ohio State Behavioral Health's Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program is to be a premiere, comprehensive academic trauma program that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration to create, disseminate and apply new knowledge to address the needs of those suffering the effects of trauma.

Specifically the STAR Program will:

  • Serve as a resource for psychological trauma education and training for students, faculty, and professionals from The Ohio State University and the central Ohio region
  • Conduct cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on the causes, biological and behavioral markers, prevention and treatment approaches of psychological trauma
  • Provide trauma-informed personalized health care


The STAR Program provides evidence-based clinical services, trauma education, and research. These services are offered using an integrated approach combining physical and mental health perspectives. The Program's vision is one in which healthcare professionals work together to develop best practices and partner with patients who will drive the recovery process. STAR addresses the effects of psychological trauma and stress on patients and families as well as their impact on healthcare providers.

The goal is to offer personalized care based on an individual's unique history, biology, behavior and environment to provide the maximum support for victims of trauma and their families.

Highlights of current activities include:
  • Development of The STAR Clinic, a division of Ohio State Behavioral Health's outpatient program offering various integrated therapeutic interventions provided by healthcare professionals experienced in treating individuals suffering from the impact of traumatic stress. The Clinic is proud to provide trauma and support services for physicians and other healthcare professionals and "first responders" such as police, and firefighters who may be suffering from the effects of vicarious trauma and burn-out.
  • Trauma-Support Services (TSS): Offering brief emotional supportive therapy for staff after the experience of difficult events. These services provide staff time to debrief and defuse as well as to grieve losses after a traumatic situation. Aftercare and follow-up are critical aspects of TSS.
  • Implementation and dissemination of resilience-building strategies including mindfulness-based interventions and the Relaxation Response.


View the STAR video

View STAR Patient Stories


For more information, please contact:

Kenneth Yeager, PhD
Program Director, Ohio State Behavioral Health's STAR Program

Caitlin Willet, MPH
Program Coordinator, Ohio State Behavioral Health's STAR Program


To support the STAR Program, please contact:

Kyle Sebastian
Associate Director of Development – Ohio State's Neurological Institute



Are you looking for EMU STAR?

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) was developed by the Center for Justice and Peace building (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) as a response to the 9/11 attacks. The original training program (STAR I) educates community leaders about the neurobiological and social responses to traumatic events including violence and natural disasters, while also equipping them with an understanding of peace building, human security, spirituality and restorative justice as tools for harnessing the potential for personal and social transformation present in crisis situations. Individuals and groups around the world are using STAR materials to address problems such as welcoming combat veterans home from war, supporting youth in situations of violence, and helping communities deal with the legacy of violence during war-to-peace transition. Visit us at (www.emu.edu/star).