THEN Center

The Center for
Collaborative Study of
Trauma, Health Equity,
and Neurobiology

Learn the NEW SCIENCE of Health

  • Importance of Brain-Body regulation in Child Development
  • Why Trauma disrupts Brain-Body signals and leads to disease
  • How racism and discrimination lead to Health Disparity

An Educational Center of the Hektoen Institute, Chicago, IL

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Free Science Education

Resources and a plan of study at the intersection of neurobiology, trauma-adversity, health and health equity.

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

Curriculum of
Core Concepts


curated, annotated Bibliography



  • Glossary

  • Books

  • Videos


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.