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Grants Funded

Congratulations to ATA members whose grants were funded in 2018 and 2019.

External Federally Funded Grants: R01s/U Awards 

Principal Investigator: Vas Michopoulos, PhD
Project Title: The Effects of Pregnancy on Post-Traumatic Symptoms and Fear Physiology in traumatize African American Women
Co Investigators: Tanja Jovanovic, PhD, Abby Lott, PhD, Alicia Smith, PhD, and Andrea Joyner, PhD
Funding Source: National Institute of Mental Health – R01
Project Description: The study will examine changes in hormones, physiology, and PTSD symptoms across pregnancy in African American women with lifetime trauma exposure. 

Principal Investigators: Glenda Wrenn, MD and Tanja Jovanovic, PhD
Co-Investigators: Abby Lott, PhD
Grant Title: Building Behavioral Goal Directed Resilience Among African American Women (Project GRIT)
Funding Source – National Institute of Mental Health – MPI R01 within the U54
Building Biobehavioral Goal Directed Resilience Among African American Women (Project GRIT)
Description: This study, a collaboration between Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine, will examine the effects of a resilience building intervention on PTSD and physiology women with civilian trauma. 

External and Internally Federally Funded Grants: K Awards

Principal Investigator: Abigail Powers Lott, PHD
Project Title: Primary-Care Based Mindfulness Intervention for Chronically Traumatized Individuals
Mentors: Nadine J Kaslow, PhD (Primary); Bekh Bradley, PhD, Tanja Jovanovic, PhD, and Nicole Nugent, PhD (Secondary)
Funding Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine – K23
Project Description: This mentored research study will test the feasibility of a group mindfulness intervention with chronically traumatized individuals with comorbid PTSD and depression symptoms in a primary care setting of an urban hospital. Potential mechanisms of change in the intervention, including emotion dysregulation and autonomic function, will also be examined. 

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Stevens, PhD
Mentors: Andrew Miller, MD (Primary); Sheryl Gabram-Mendola, MD (Co-mentor); Tanja Jovanovic, PhD, Preeti Subhedar, MD, Ying Guo, PhD (Advisory Committee)
Grant Title: Predicting Risk for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in African American Women with Breast Cancer
Funding Source: Emory BIRCWH K12
Description: This mentored research study will identify neuroimaging, autonomic, and inflammatory markers of risk for post-traumatic stress disorder in women with breast cancer.

External Grants: Private Foundations 

Principal Investigator: Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP
Co-Investigators: Sarah E. Dunn, PhD, ABPP
Grant Title: Disseminating the Nia Project to Young, African American Women with Mental Health Problems in Homeless Shelters
Funding Source: Hope and Grace Fund
Description: The aims of this proposal are to develop a training manual, train homeless shelter personnel in the Nia Project model, supervise homeless shelter personnel in the implementation of the Nia Project model, and evaluate the effectiveness of the model with homeless women when implemented by staff in the community. 

Principal Investigator: Dorian A Lamis, PhD
Mentors: Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP (Primary), Elisabeth Binder, MD, PhD
Grant Title: The Roles of Childhood Abuse and Epigenetic Factors in Suicidal Behavior among Low-Income African Americans Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder
Funding Source: Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, NARSAD Young Investigator Award
Description: The purpose of this study is to examine the roles of childhood abuse and epigenetic factors in suicidal behaviors among low income African Americans diagnosed with bipolar disorder (BD).

Principal Investigator: Sanne van Rooij, PhD
Mentors: Tanja Jovanovic, PhD and Jon Willie, MD, PhD
Grant Title: Effects of Amygdala Ablation on Biomarkers of PTSD: A New Treatment Avenue?
Funding Source: Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, NARSAD Young Investigator Award
Description: The proposed study aims to prospectively assess the effect of amygdala ablation on PTSD symptoms, and on neuroimaging and psychophysiological biomarkers of PTSD in epilepsy patients undergoing amygdala ablation.

Internal Grants 

Principal Investigator:  Ashima Lal, MD
Co-Principal Investigator(s): Jordan Cattie, PhD; Lucy J. Allbaugh, PhD
Mentor: Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP
Grant title: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for High-Needs Populations: Feasibility and Acceptability of Dissemination in Public Sector Settings
Description: This randomized clinical trial will examine the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes of a gentle yoga practice (relative to treatment as usual) in a diverse population of low-income individuals who have experienced interpersonal violence and will collect psychophysiological and qualitative data to understand how individuals self-identify the role or value of these practices in their treatment and everyday lives.

Principal Investigator: Sarah E. Dunn, PhD, ABPP
Co-Investigators: Abby Lott, PhD, Tracey Henry, MD, Alison Pickover, PhD
Mentor: Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, ABPP
Grant Title: Examining Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Factors in the Context of a Group-format Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Related to Intimate Partner Violence
Funding Source: Emory Medical Care Foundation
Description: The purpose of this pilot study is to conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) that compares a group-format Cognitive Trauma Therapy for Battered Women (CTT-BW) to treatment as usual (TAU) in women exposed to intimate partner violence, in decreasing symptoms of PTSD, improving intrapersonal processes related to feelings about oneself, and enhancing interpersonal processes.

Principal Investigator: Lauren Hudak, MD, MPH
Co-Investigators: Marion (Emmy) Betz MD, MPH; Matthew Miller, MD, MPH, Tim Moran, PhD; ScD; Megan L. Ranney MD, MPH; Carmel Salhi, ScD
Mentor: Jonathan Rupp, PhD; Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH; David Wright, MD
Grant Title: The Grady ED Firearm Survey: Patient Perspectives, Risk Assessment, and Targeted Intervention to Pioneer Local Firearm Injury Prevention Research
Funding Source: Emory Medical Care Foundation
Description: The purpose of this two-phased research project is to understand baseline access and perceived barriers to screening and intervening for patients who are high risk for firearm injury in the healthcare setting and gather pilot data for a novel screening and intervention strategy through randomized-controlled design for patients identified as high risk for firearm injury.

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Stevens, PhD
Grant Title: Pilot Investigation of Neuroendocrine Risk Mechanisms for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Women
Funding Source: Emory University Research Council /Georgia Clinical and Translational Research Alliance
Description: This pilot study will measure the associations between trauma exposure and female hormones that vary over the menstrual cycle in African-American women. 

Principal Investigators: Sierra Carter, PhD and Shannon Self-Brown, PhD
Grant Title: Exploring Synergies Between Parent Life Experiences and Positive Parenting: A Feasibility Study of SafeCare with Mothers Who Have Experienced Prior Trauma
Funding Source: Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence at Georgia State University
Description: The primary aims of this mixed-methods pilot project is to examine the feasibility and initial outcomes of highly traumatized mothers who participate in SafeCare, a research-based parenting program.