Trauma and Violence
Informing our Research Agenda
1:10 - 1:40 PM | Zinner Breakout Room
1:40 - 2:10 PM | Collaboratory in Shapiro Lounge

This is a Post Event Networking Session

This roundtable will focus on mental health and intimate partner violence; two socially informed topics that are significantly intertwined with the #MeToo campaigns stirring across the globe.

About The Roundtable

This roundtable will focus on mental health and intimate partner violence; two socially informed topics that are significantly intertwined with the #MeToo campaigns stirring across the globe. Discussants will provide insight on the way the brain responds to trauma such as gun violence and domestic abuse. Dr. Annie Lewis-O’Connor will share a first look at her current research on Trauma-Informed Care, which, in addition to showing improved patient experiences, also may have a substantial return on investment in terms of its potential impact on length of stay in the hospital, number of ER visits, and overall survival of patients. What can we be doing better to address mental health issues related to trauma and violence? Where is the research heading? Find out the answers to these questions and more at the Neurosciences Roundtable.

Chair

Annie Lewis-O’Connor, PhD, NP-BC, MPH, FAAN
Senior Nurse Scientist, Founder & Director of the C.A.R.E Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Research Associate, Department of Women’s Health
Co-Chair, Partners Trauma-Informed Steering Committee and BWH TIC Initiative
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

 

Discussants

Elzerie de Jager MBBS(Hons)
Research Fellow
Center for Surgery and Public Health – Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
@ElzerieDJ

Bharti Khurana, MD
Program Director, Emergency Radiology at BWH
@KhuranaBharti

Annie Lewis-O’Connor, PhD, NP-BC, MPH, FAAN
Senior Nurse Scientist, Founder & Director of the C.A.R.E Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Research Associate, Department of Women’s Health
Co-Chair, Partners Trauma-Informed Steering Committee and BWH TIC Initiative
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Alexander Lin, PhD
Director of the Center for Clinical Spectroscopy (BWH)
Assistant Professor of Radiology (HMS) at BWH

Eve Rittenberg, MD, MA
Primary Care Physician at BWH
Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School
2018 Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar

Biographies

Annie Lewis-O’Connor, PhD, NP-BC, MPH, FAAN

Dr. Annie Lewis-O’Connor is a Board Certified Pediatric and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.  She is the Founder and Director of the C.A.R.E Clinic (Caring Approach to Resiliency & Empowerment) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This clinic is committed to providing patient centered and trauma-informed health care to people who have been intentionally harmed by violence.

Dr. Lewis-O’Connor addresses violence from four pillars: Research, Policy, Education, and Clinical perspective. Dr. Lewis-O’Connor is published in peer-reviewed journals and academic books on the topic of violence against women and children and the effects of trauma, violence and abuse on health. Her current research is focused on measuring Trauma-Informed Care models of care in health care settings and exploration of best ‘screening’ (inquiry) methods for trauma, violence and abuse.

Since 2012, Annie has served as one of the Chairs of the Partners Steering Committee on Trauma- Informed Care. She is past Chair of the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse. Since 2010 she has served on the Executive Board of Casa Myrna Vasquez, the oldest and longest standing shelter in Mass for women and children. She received her Master’s in Nursing from Simmons College in Boston, a Masters in Public Health from Boston University and her PhD from Boston College.

Eve Rittenberg, MD

Eve Rittenberg, MD is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a primary care internist at the BWH Fish Center for Women’s Health.  Her interests include women’s health, health equity, and trauma.  She has a primary care Clinician Innovator award to develop trauma-informed care at Brigham outpatient practices.  She is a 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars fellow, working with an interdisciplinary team on trauma-informed care.  She is the past medical director of primary care at the BWH Fish Center for Women’s Health, and is actively engaged in medical student education in women’s health.

Elzerie de Jager, MBBS(Hons)

Elzerie de Jager is an Australian doctor and PhD student, currently completing a research fellowship at the Center for Surgery and Public Health. Working with the American College of Surgeons, her primary work in the US is focused on measuring surgical disparities. She also examines complex public health problems like firearm injuries and is involved with a program to implement the Stop The Bleed training program into high school curriculum.

Bharti Khurana, MD

Bharti Khurana, MD is the director of Emergency Musculoskeletal Radiology and program director of Emergency Radiology fellowship program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her clinical and research efforts involve imaging and interpretation of trauma, orthopedic and spine trauma, intimate partner violence, whole body CT for trauma, MRI optimization in ED, machine learning tools, education and career building in Emergency Radiology. She is also the director for Emergency Radiology HMS CME course.

Alexander Lin, PhD

Since obtaining his Ph.D. at Caltech, Dr. Lin has been involved in developing magnetic resonance spectroscopy, a non-invasive method of measuring brain chemistry using conventional MRI machines.  His team at the Center for Clinical Spectroscopy at BWH is focused on translating this technology into clinical practice across a broad range of diseases in the brain and body and sharing their findings internationally.

For the past decade, Dr. Lin has been involved in traumatic brain injury research primarily in sports-related injuries such as in NFL football, collegiate sports, and soccer but also in soldiers returning from war and civilians after motor vehicle accidents and has identified characteristic biochemical changes in the brain.  After finding gender-related differences in concussions, he realized that there was a dearth of studies in intimate partner violence but where imaging technologies could provide great insight into the repetitive nature of head injury in IPV where it may be used to better characterize these injuries.