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STAR Research

The goal is to conduct trauma 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.

Highlights of 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 OSUMC Staff
  • Pilot study of new markers of stress

Bench to Bedside

The STAR Program seeks to apply clinical research, documentation studies and evidence-based practices proven effective in research to treatment settings without delay. The goal is not only to develop treatments but also to apply them in "real world" settings. The Program will utilize innovative and personalized approaches as well as new technology to offer access to education and intervention about stress, trauma and resilience to various groups throughout the University and community.


Recent Publications

  • 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.


Current 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.