Kinsey Institute – Traumatic Stress Research Consortium


Why do we need research on traumatic stress?

Neglect, serious illness, accidents, violence, and other traumatic stressors impair mental and physical health and jeopardize survivors’ ability to form and maintain intimate relationships. The lasting effects of traumatic stressors place an enormous burden on survivors, their social networks, the health care system, the workforce and society.

The Consortium’s research outlook is based in Polyvagal Theory, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges. Polyvagal theory explains how threats can put the autonomic nervous system in a defensive state that affects social interactions and health.

The Kinsey Institute – Traumatic Stress Research Consortium now has over 1000 members worldwide. As part of the research initiative, these professionals, who work with trauma survivors, participate in various surveys to describe trauma sequelae and how to overcome them.


We support research aimed at observing and documenting the consequences of trauma, understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms that are disrupted by trauma, providing insights and tools for clinicians and clients and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions.