Contact Hours: 6

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

Based on: 

  • J. Douglas Bremner.  Traumatic stress: effects on the brain  Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2006 Dec; 8(4): 445-461.
  • Jonathan E. Sherin. Post-traumatic stress disorder: the neurobiological impact of psychological trauma.  Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2011 Sep; 13(3): 263-278.
  • Neurology and Trauma: Impact and Implications. Damien A. Dowd and Jocelyn Proul.


  • Examine the effects of traumatic stress
  • Learn about normal brain development across the lifespan
  • Explore the neurobiology of PTSD
  • Highlight the changes in cognition and brain structure associated with PTSD
  • Identify crucial components to effective PTSD treatment
  • Examine the effects of pharmacotherapy on brain function
  • Learn about the function hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in the stress response systems, and abnormalities in the HPA axis in persons with PTSD
  • Identify specific neurochemicals implicated in the development of PTSD including chatecholamines, serotonin, amino acids (specifically GABA) and peptides.

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