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Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program

The OSU Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program is an innovative and exciting initiative of The Ohio State University Medical Center and the Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry that advances the mission of personalized health care.

It is estimated that nearly 90 percent of Americans are exposed to a traumatic event sometime in their lives. This includes abuse or violence, a disaster, a medical condition, or a sudden and profound loss. The STAR Program recognizes the importance of addressing experiences of trauma both prior to and as a result of injury or illness, utilizing evidence-based trauma-informed practices and approaches to care. The STAR Program is committed to improving education, treatment, and research around these critical needs.


To improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from psychological trauma through innovations in research, education, and patient care.


The vision of the OSU Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program is to be a premier, comprehensive academic trauma program that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration to create, disseminate and apply new knowledge to address the needs of those suffering the effects of trauma. Specifically the STAR Program will:

• Serve as a resource for psychological trauma education and training for students, faculty, and professionals from The Ohio State University and the central Ohio region.
• Conduct interdisciplinary research on the causes, biological and behavioral markers, prevention and treatment approaches of psychological trauma.
• Provide trauma-informed personalized health care.

View the STAR video

To support the OSU STAR Program, please contact:
Holly S. Kastan, MSW, LSW
Director, Planning, Development, and Outreach
The OSU STAR Program


Are you looking for EMU STAR?

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) was developed by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) as a response to the 9/11 attacks. The original training program (STAR I) educates community leaders about the neurobiological and social responses to traumatic events including violence and natural disasters, while also equipping them with an understanding of peacebuilding, human security, spirituality and restorative justice as tools for harnessing the potential for personal and social transformation present in crisis situations. Individuals and groups around the world are using STAR materials to address problems such as welcoming combat veterans home from war, supporting youth in situations of violence, and helping communities deal with the legacy of violence during war-to-peace transition. Visit us at (www.emu.edu/star).