Trauma can have a profound impact on the sense of self, frequently leaving a lasting imprint on both cognitive and somatic domains of the sense of self. Recent provocative neurobiological findings are beginning to shed light on self-disturbance in traumatized individuals both during resting state/off task and under conditions of threat. Results are demonstrating that the brain network that underlies self-experience is most intact under states of threat. These findings may help to explain why traumatized individuals frequently seek engaging in reckless behaviour in order to ‘feel alive’. How can we work with the traumatized self to restore the sense of self at a cognitive and somatic level to reunite brain, mind, and body? An integrative, neuroscientifically-informed approach leading to the restoration of the self will be the focus of this recording.
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Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Professor of Psychiatry is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, services that specialize in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario.
Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. She has authored more than 100 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally She has recently published a book The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease with Eric Vermetten and Clare Pain.
Financial: Dr. Ruth Lanius has employment relationships with McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, Robarts Research Institute, Lawson Health Research Institute, Western University of Canada, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London Health Sciences Centre, Homewood Research Institute, the Canada Department of National Defence. She serves on the advisory board and receives honoraria from Mydecine. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Lanius receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dr. Ruth Lanius is a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, The American College of Psychiatrists, the International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress, and the Ontario Medical Association. She is a journal reviewer for several publications, to see a complete list contact PESI, Inc. Dr. Lanius serves on the advisory board for George Hull Institute.
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