Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Research Support

Current Research

Van der Kolk (91) 7/1/14-current Role: PI (10% FTE)
Pilot study examining the impact of neurofeedback on children 6-13 with histories of severe maltreatment, Multiple private funders

Van der Kolk 9/1/17- current. A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Multi-Site Phase 3 Study of Manualized MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Chronic, Severe to Extreme Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Role: PI (15% FTE)

Last decade

Past Research

Affective Neuroscience Foundation
Van der Kolk (91) 1/1/11-7/1/14 Role: PI (20% FTE)
RTC on the capacity of neurofeedback on decreasing PTSD symptomatology and increase executive functioning in adults and adolescents with chronic histories of child maltreatment.

ANS Foundation Van der Kolk (91) 1/1/09-12/31/12 Role: PI (10% FTE)
Pilot study examining the impact of neurofeedback on adults and adolescents with chronic post-trauma dysreguliaton.

1R21AT003905-01A2 Van der Kolk (PI) 6/1/08-5/31/12 Role: PI (10% FTE)
Efficacy of Yoga for Treatment-Resistant PTSD, a randomized control trial of yoga versus attentional control for the treatment of chronic treatment-resistant PTSD. Outcome measures include behavioral and psychophyisological assessment.

1U79SM059314-01 Van der Kolk (Co-Director) 9/30/09-9/29/12 Role: PI (30% FTE)
Complex Trauma Treatment Network, a SAMHSA NCTSN Category II Training and Technical Assistance grant to provide intensive training and support to communities across the country on the assessment and treatment of child complex traumatic stress.

CDC 1 R49 CE000968-01 Van der Kolk (PI) 09/01/06-08/31/09 Role: PI (10% FTE)
RCT of Urban Improv-Intensive, A Youth Violence Prevention Program. Aims were to evaluate the effectiveness of a trauma-informed, improvisational theater-based tertiary prevention/intervention program in reducing engagement in and future exposure to interpersonal violence, including sexual violence, in urban middle-school youth cohorts at high risk of prior exposure to trauma and violence.

5 R01 MH58363-04 Van der Kolk (PI) 12/01/1999-12/31/2003 Role: PI. NIH/NIMH
Treatment Outcome of Fluoxetine vs. EMDR in PTSD.
The goal of this study was to evaluate the relative efficacy of a psychotherapy targeting traumatic memories with an SSRI in symptom reduction of Postraumatic Stress Disorder and related conditions.

97-MU-FX-Ko12, 05-S40 Van der Kolk (PI) 12/05/2001-09/30/2005 OJJDP
Hamilton Fish Youth Violence Prevention Consortium Grant
Hamilton Fish Institute, George Washington University
This goal of this study was to evaluate using controlled outcome design youth violence prevention programs for high-risk urban elementary and middle-school students. Role: PI

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