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Dr. Bessel van der Kolk



Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a clinical psychiatrist and a pioneer in the research of traumatic stress. His innovative work integrates brain science, attachment research and mind/body medicine techniques to understand and treat trauma. His brain imaging studies on trauma’s impact on childhood development and the effects of therapies such as yoga, neurfeedo¬back, EMDR (eye movement desensi¬tization and reprocessing), theater and movement on traumatic stress have impacted the care and treatment of victims all over the world. • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Boston University Medical School • Founder and medical director, Trauma Center , Brookline, MA • Director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)