Dr. Elhai conducts research on traumatic event exposure and PTSD. Specific interests include:

  • Understanding PTSD's symptom structure

  • Exploring PTSD's high comorbidity with other mental disorders

  • Assessment and measurement of traumatic event exposure and PTSD

  • Mechanisms underlying the development of trauma-related pathology

Some recent papers from Dr. Elhai on PTSD include the following.

* Papers marked with an asterisk included a student advisee co-author (underlined) at the time of submission.

  • Cao, X., Wang, L., Cao, C., Fang, R., Chen, C., Hall, B. J., & Elhai, J. D. (2019). Sex differences in global and local connectivity of adolescent posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60, 216-224.

  • Cao, X., Wang, L., Cao, C., Fang, R., Zhang, J., & Elhai, J. D. (2019). PTSD latent classes and class transitions predicted by distress and fear disorders in disaster-exposed adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48, 332-342.

  • *Claycomb Erwin, M., Mitchell, M. A., Contractor, A. A., Dranger, P., Charak, R., & Elhai, J. D. (2018). The relationship between distress tolerance regulation, counterfactual rumination, and PTSD symptom clusters. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 82, 133-140.

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