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The psychobiology of trauma

Professor Richard Bryant

The review outlines current models and evidence of biological models of complex PTSD. It commences with a critique of biological evidence of PTSD, incorporating work from animal and human models. It then discusses the role of neural factors underpinning treatment of PTSD, and how this may impact on complex PTSD. The issue of emotional regulation is discussed in the context of recent neuroimaging studies. Finally, these issues are contextualized in terms of DSM-5 and ICD-11 proposals for understanding complex PTSD. The review concludes that the field requires more rigorous research to both operationalize the definition of complex PTSD and its core mechanisms.

Inaugural Conference
Westmead Psychotherapy Program for Complex Traumatic Disorders
Complex Trauma: Psychobiology, Clinical Need and Psychotherapy.
Recorded 10th November 2011, Westmead Hospital . Westmead, NSW. Australia

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Professor Richard Bryant

Richard Bryant is Scientia Professor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is also an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Director of the Traumatic Stress Clinic at Westmead Hospital. He has published over 350 articles on trauma, anxiety, and treatment. His work has focused on the assessment and treatment of trauma reactions, as well as the cognitive and biological mechanisms underpinning traumatic stress. He is also studying the effects of complex trauma on clinical presentations, including those of refugees and torture survivors. He currently serves on the committee addressing Complex PTSD for both DSM-5 and ICD11

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