The Stress, Trauma, and Recovery Research Collaborative (STARRC) is one of three research programs housed within the University of Kentucky Clinic for Emotional Health (CEH). Our work aims to increase our understanding of how people cope with and recover from a range of highly stressful or traumatic events experienced across the lifespan. We study negative emotions associated with trauma exposure (e.g., fear, anxiety, disgust, anger, shame, guilt); environmental, cultural, and social factors that perpetuate health disparties following exposure to trauma; and individual-, interpersonal- and community-level factors involved in the development and treatment of a variety of problems commonly experienced by people with a history of traumatic events including:

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance Use
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Sexual Dysfunction and Sexual Risk Behavior
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulties Managing Emotions

The aim of the STARRC research group is to apply the knowledge gained from research in order to improve existing treatment and prevention programs and to develop new empirically-informed approaches designed to help improve outcomes for people exposed to trauma.

Latest Announcements

Dr. Badour Awarded Collaborative Grant to Study Flood Recovery Experience in Eastern Kentucky
October 16, 2022

Christopher Penn receives UNITE Predoctoral Research Enhancement Award
October 16, 2022

Jordyn Tipsword receives F31 National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
October 16, 2022

STARRC Graduate Students Selected for Multiple Awards
May 27, 2022

Congratulations to 2022 STARRC graduates Dr. Caitlyn Hood, Cameron Daniel, Ashley Dixon, and Alira Ortiz Vargas
May 27, 2022