The second annual Trauma Spectrum Disorders Conference
was held at NIH recently and examined the needs of families and caregivers in support of military and veterans
with trauma spectrum disorders. Trauma spectrum
disorders are injuries and illnesses that occur as a result of combat or an unexpected traumatic event and cover a broad range of traumatic brain injury and psychological
The Office of Research on Women’s Health brought together researchers and practitioners from the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as several NIH institutes and centers and HHS offices and agencies. The goal was to provide a forum to examine evidence-based science relative to family functioning, care giving and child and adolescent development in the context of trauma.
“The conference provided a unique opportunity to showcase what science can offer to the military and civilian practice and caregiver worlds,” said Dr. Vivian Pinn, ORWH director. “We believe that civilian and military scientists, clinicians and caregivers together can bring about a collaborative synergy that can improve both the research about and clinical care of those affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.”
Patricia Shinseki, wife of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and a member
of the board of Military Child Education Coalition, delivered the keynote address, describing her personal experience as a military spouse. She gave voice to the challenges that military families face in raising resilient children in the face of multiple deployments.
A videocast is available at http://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=15502.