The Trauma and Addiction Project (TAP) is a multidisciplinary program of research in the Department of Psychology at the City College of New York.  TAP aims to advance the science of trauma and addiction research by conducting studies on 

  1. the effects of trauma exposures and addiction on the mind and body;
  2. intergenerational trauma and the impact of parental history on child functioning; 
  3. the role of threat-related cognitive processing in the development and maintenance of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and associated interpersonal impairments; and
  4. the efficacy of treatment interventions for co-occurring PTSD and addiction as well as associated psychiatric issues and conditions. 

TAP integrates cognitive, interpersonal, and neurodevelopmental perspectives on traumatic stress and addiction over the lifespan and examines the impact of contextual factors such as race, ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic status on treatment process and outcome.  

TAP is committed to training and mentoring students, faculty, and researchers and developing institutional infrastructure to support addiction research. TAP is also dedicated to disseminating significant research findings to inform communities of the far-reaching consequences of trauma and addiction for disenfranchised populations and guidelines for effective clinical practice. 



Denise Hien
Principal Investigator

North Academic Center
Room 7/235
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

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