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THEN Center


The Center for Collaborative Study of

Trauma, Health Equity and Neurobiology


An Educational Program of the Hektoen Institute, Chicago, IL USA

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Free Science Education

At the intersection of Neurobiology, Trauma-Adversity, Health and Health Equity:
->   Scientific References
->   Illustrated Glossary
->   Books
->   Videos

We invite you to learn this profound science and embed it into your theory, teaching, clinical practice and research.


Notice of Traumatic Content

Trauma is personal for everyone.

Research shows that Traumatic Experience is at the root of Chronic Illness, Emotional Suffering and Health Disparities.
Our Website includes discussion of Trauma (including Abuse, Discrimination, and Genocide) that may be disturbing or re-awaken personal trauma.

Our intent is to honor everyone’s experience.
We hope this information can inspire us to partner in identifying root causes of disease and in co-creating programs of true prevention and healing.

To help deal with potentially disturbing impact: please visit our sections on Secondary Trauma and suggestions for Self Care.


DISCLAIMER:  The educational materials provided by the THEN Center are for general educational purposes only.  These are not a substitute for university education.  Clinicians must always practice in accordance with their respective regulatory guidelines and current level of professional training.

The content on the THEN Website is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider.