Neurological Basis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Learning Objectives

After this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the definition, prevalence, symptomology, and diagnostic criteria of PTSD
  • Identify and comprehend the neurobiological systems (neurochemical, neuroanatomical, and neuroendocrine) and genetic factors that characterize PTSD
  • Understanding risk (e.g., intergenerational trauma, stigma) and resilience factors (e.g., coping, social support) important to the identification and treatment of PTSD

Intended Audience:

This online course is designed for mental health professionals, healthcare providers, and individuals involved in the field of psychology and psychiatry.


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex psychiatric condition that involved neurochemical, neuroanatomical, and neuroendocrine changes. Herein, we briefly discuss the prevalence and symptomology of PTSD, and provide a comprehensive overview of the neurobiological factors implicated. Additionally, we discuss risk and resilience factors and briefly highlight treatment recommendations.

Assessment and Earning CME Credit:

To receive CME credit for this episode in Armenia, you must take the CME quiz at the end of this course. You have 3 chances to get a 70% to pass. Once you pass the quiz, we will send your information to the Armenian Ministry of Health for credits.

Maral Aghvinian, Ph.D.

Maral Aghvinian, Ph.D.

Maral Aghvinian is a professor in the Psychology department at California State University - Northridge Her research focuses on the role of sociocultural, linguistic, and cross-cultural issues that uniquely impact brain health outcomes in populations living with chronic conditions (e.g., HIV). Additionally, she is passionate about increasing health literacy, science communication, and neuropsychological research in Armenia and recently founded the organization Meedk (@meetyourmeedk), which is dedicated to increasing knowledge and education surrounding brain health among the global Armenian population.

Seta Kazandjian, Ph.D.

Seta Kazandjian, Ph.D.

Seta Kazandjian is a clinical neuropsychologist licensed in New York and California and registered in France. She is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the American University of Paris. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at The Graduate School of the City University of New York, Neuropsychology Subprogram. She completed her internship at the NYU Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and her post-doctoral fellowship training at the Vision and Cognition Lab and Neurology Department of the Foundation Ophtalmogique de Rothschild in Paris. Her private practice in Paris specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of bilingual and expatriate children, adolescents, and adults for cognitive problems associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, learning disorders, and neurological or psychiatric illnesses. Her lab, The Multicultural Neuropsychology Lab at AUP, focuses on cross-cultural issues and assessments of multicultural and third-culture children and adults. She is the France Regional Representative of the Global Outreach Committee of the International Neuropsychological Society, and a member of the Organisation Française des Psychologues spécialisés en Neuropsychologie.