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Each episode of AJP Audio brings you an in-depth look at one of the articles featured in that month’s issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry, the official journal of the American Psychiatric Association. Wide-ranging interviews with article authors cover the background, rationale, main findings, and future implications of the research.

Nov 1, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Stevens (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University) discusses a technique to classify trauma victims into discrete biotypes in the immediate aftermath of trauma, with the hope of providing insight into the groups that could guide treatment, and American Journal of Psychiatry Editor-in-Chief Dr. Ned Kalin puts the November, 2021 issue of AJP into context.


  • Stevens interview [00:44]
  • Using brain imaging data to understand how people respond to trauma [01:07]
  • Patient enrollment [01:21]
  • AURORA Study [01:42]
  • Can patterns of brain activity help map different responses to trauma? [02:12]
  • Biotypes [02:48]
  • Structure of the study [03:40]
  • Neuroimaging and fMRI tasks [04:11]
  • Limitations [05:44]
  • Biotypes definitions [07:30]
  • Highest risk group [09:10]
  • Most resilient group [09:51]
  • What does this mean for treating trauma patients going forward? [10:17]
  • Next steps [11:31]
  • Kalin interview: looking at trauma and suicide [12:37]
  • Stevens et al. look at neuroimaging and trauma [13:16]
  • Edwards et al. look at genetic and environmental factors in suicide [14:11]
  • McKibben et al. look at suicidal ideation and attempts in U.S. soldiers [16:12]
  • Taken together [18:20]
  • Keding et al. on brain development [19:26]
  • Kumar et al. look at biomarkers and Alzheimer’s disease [20:22]


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