THE MIND-BODY TRAUMA CARE LAB, directed by Dr. Viann Nguyen-Feng ([vee-anne win-fang] she/her), integrates several domains: psychology & public health, mental & physical health, mind & body.
Our research team aims to bridge the disconnection between bodies and mind, particularly in the context of trauma-informed psychotherapeutic care. We coined the term "mind-body trauma care" to speak to that focus. The term mind-body trauma care can be interpreted in several ways:
First, there is the idea of including the mind and body into trauma-informed care.
Then, there is the idea of caring for mind-body traumas. Although perhaps an underrecognized concept, mind-body traumas are ubiquitous and refer to psychological traumas as well as embodied traumas that are deeply ingrained and somaticized from past and/or ongoing experiences (e.g., transgenerational, historical, systemic, interpersonal traumas), meaning that traumatic stress can be held as tensions in the present-day human body.
Lastly, to holistically address our mind-body across various trauma types, we must think about inclusivity and community access to care.