Vision: Striving to be the world’s leader in addressing urban psychological trauma through research, treatment, and training.

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Did You Know?

Nearly 62% of all the people experiencing PTSD are children.  Studies show that about 15% to 43% of girls and 14% to 43% of boys go through at least one trauma. Of those children and teens who have had a trauma, 3% to 15% of girls and 1% to 6% of boys develop PTSD. Rates of PTSD are higher for certain types of trauma survivors.

Children and teens that go through the most severe traumas tend to have the highest levels of PTSD symptoms. The PTSD symptoms may be less severe if the child has more family support and if the parents are less upset by the trauma. Lastly, children and teens who are farther away from the event report less distress

Our Three Pronged Mission:

Mental Health Services and Treatment:

Provide state-of-the-art, trauma-focused support and treatment for victims of urban traumas including but not limited to physical and sexual assault, crime-related trauma, gunshot violence, and other traumatic events that leave victims with PTSD and other trauma spectrum disorders.


Education, Prevention, and Training:

Provide education, training, and consultation resources for mental health professionals, clinical staff, students, and community-based organizations in the principles and practice of modern innovative trauma prevention and intervention practices. Our staff will also be focused on prevention of PTSD and spectrum trauma through seminars and school sessions focused on increasing the psychological resiliency of youth.



The Ulmer Institute will, over time, become the preeminent research center in the field of psychological trauma treatment. Our team will focus on developing new approaches to trauma treatment through world class research done in collaboration with our various community partners including more than eight universities which will serve as the platform from which our research will develop.