Mass traumatic events result in extended physical destruction and considerable human toll. These events jeopardize survivors' physical and mental health, and undermine individual and community functioning. Mass trauma also causes dire economic consequences, depleting community and national resources. These broad, multi-level effects are often transmitted from survivors to subsequent generations.
Israel is one of the world's natural laboratories of mass trauma and a key player in trauma research worldwide. Currently, mass trauma research is mostly done within the constraints of single disciplines, and a lack of integration between research and practice. The Center’s main goal is to fill these gaps by conducting multidisciplinary, collaborative, interactive and systematic research. Our aim is to carry out combined studies of the social, psychological and biological processes underlying preparedness, adjustment and resilience of individuals, families and communities before, during, and after mass trauma. The center initiates studies that identify pre-trauma vulnerability and resilience markers and high-risk groups, identify critical time periods for effective interventions during traumatic events, and research the multifaceted dimensions of the post-trauma period.
The Aims of the Center
- To conduct collaborative, multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural long-term studies of mass trauma, through a global network of leading and junior researchers.
- To attract, recruit, train and integrate leading Israeli researchers returning to Israel from academic positions abroad for multidisciplinary mass trauma research.
- To strongly encourage Israeli-international partnerships.
- To train and educate new generations of students and professionals from Israel and worldwide in multidisciplinary trauma research and interventions.
- To systematically disseminate the Center’s research findings and implications.