Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Pediatric Research and Clinical Trials

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At Children’s Hospital Boston, we’re dedicated to proving the effectiveness of our treatment approaches through rigorous scientific testing. Our research program is one of the largest and most active of any pediatric hospital in the world. 

Each day, we are working toward important discoveries to propel new advances in preventing, diagnosing and treating mental and behavioral disorders. This research reinforces our ongoing commitment to enhancing mental health for all children and adolescents. 

Children’s research projects with promise for preventing and treating PTSD include:

  • Michelle Bosquet, PhD, a psychology researcher at Children’s, is studying the link between maternal and infant mental health in order to create effective early mental health intervention programs for young children.

Learn more about research at Children's.

Clinical trials

It’s possible that your child will be eligible to participate in one of Boston Children's Hospital's current clinical trials. These studies are useful for a multitude of reasons:

Some trials are designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular drug, treatment or therapy on a specific disease; others help doctors to better understand how and why certain conditions occur. At any given time, we have hundreds of clinical trials underway. Of course, your motives as a parent needn’t be entirely altruistic—you’ll naturally want to know how taking part in a trial can immediately benefit your child. If your child’s physician recommends participation in one of Children’s clinical trials, that likely means that your child’s physician believes that the plan outlined in that trial represents the absolute best, latest care your child can possibly receive.

And participation in any clinical trial is completely voluntary: We will take care to fully explain all elements of the treatment plan prior to the start of the trial, and you may remove your child from the medical study at any time.

Find a clinical trial

To search current and upcoming clinical trials at Children’s, go to:
http://www.childrenshospital.org/research/clinical/Search.cfm

To search the NIH’s list of clinical trials taking place around the world, go to:
http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/search

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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