The Center for Genetics and Behavioral Health studies the genetic and environmental influences that interact with other biological, psychological and behavioral factors to impact post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The center is a partnership between the Center for Brain and Behavior Research and the Avera Institute for Human Genetics.
The Center for Brain and Behavior Research faculty bring their expertise in stress, trauma and addiction from the molecular to the behavioral level, and uses resources in place at USD for psychological assessment, behavioral testing, bioinformatics and functional brain imaging. The Avera Institute for Human Genetics brings expertise and research on clinically relevant genetic variants and how these relate to psychological and health outcomes.
This partnership will help identify risk factors in developing PTSD and will enhance personalized treatment to significantly improve behavioral, pharmaceutical and community interventions. It strives for improvements in mental health with broad implications for screening and health care practices, while growing a unique biomedical workforce in South Dakota.
The Center for Genetics and Behavioral Health is funded by the State of South Dakota Governor’s Office for Economic Development.
Interested in participating in research? Contact Zach.King@usd.edu or 605-202-9175.
Gina Forster, Ph.D.
Brian Burrell, Ph.D.
Gareth Davies, Ph.D.
Erik Ehli, Ph.D.