Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
Arash Javanbakht, M.D., is a psychiatrist and serves as the director of the Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety Research Clinic (STARC). His work is focused on anxiety, trauma, and PTSD specifically among refugees and first responders.
STARC is funded by NICHD R01 to examine the longitudinal impact of exposure to war trauma in adults and children Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and biological (epigenetics, inflammation, autonomic responses) and psychological factors of risk and resilience in children and adults. Also, use of art, dance and movement, and yoga and mindfulness in helping refugee families overcome stress. Other studies examine exercise and mental health and genetic aging, and trauma among first responders.
We also develop and research utilization of cutting edge of augmented reality and telemedicine for in vivo treatment for phobias and PTSD.
GAD, Phobias, PTSD, Depression
brain imaging, psychophysiology, epidemiology, epigenetics, inflammatory markers, augmented reality.
Tanja Jovanovic, Nicole Nugent (Brown), Alicia Smith (Emory), David Rosenberg, Alireza Amirsadri.