Throughout the interview, you’ll hear about Dr. Jovanovic’s research with children in Detroit and with adults in an emergency room setting. For the adult study, Dr. Jovanovic used a remote-monitoring application to predict PTSD outcomes and found that “greater than 90%” of participants were at risk of having PTSD based on the app’s reading. Dr. Jovanovic touches upon how the effects of trauma can change across the lifespan, and why racial factors are important considerations for understanding a client’s level of resilience.
Once the app has been downloaded, clients can use the Velcro straps on their fingers to see how their behavior in everyday life impacts how stressed they feel. To learn more about the app, you can visit the Mindfield Biosystems website here.
Dr. Jovanovic is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences—and the David and Patricia Barron Endowed Chair in PTSD Neurobiology—at Wayne State University. She is the Director of the Detroit Trauma Project, which investigates the impact of urban trauma exposure on the brain. Dr. Jovanovic has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and awards from the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation, as well as having published over 200 peer-reviewed papers.