THEN Center Vision & Goals


Founded in 2017, THEN is an Educational Center of the Hektoen Institute.  Our VISION is to make connections between:

THEN hopes to help bridge the GAP between the explosion of emerging research and the very slow application of this important science to clinical care.  We believe that medicine and healthcare can develop a rigorous, system-science-based approach.  But so far that hasn’t happened.

In the past thirty years, over 100,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies have been published which conclusively demonstrate the neurobiologic connections between Brain and Body and the impact of Trauma including the Trauma of Discrimination.  Despite rapid growth of this compelling research:

– Medical schools, physician residencies and healthcare training still do NOT consider complex neurobiology, system science and the role of trauma in health disparity to be core clinical competencies,

– There is NO focused training in health professional schools or physician residencies, and

– Minimal innovation has occurred to put key research findings into action to re-think current medical and psychiatric diagnoses or to develop comprehensive treatment plans that address trauma-adversity.

THEN Mission and Strategy

1  Build a multidisciplinary community linking trainees, faculty and activists from the fields of Trauma, Equity-Justice, Neurobiology, and System Science.  Our goal is to learn from each other.

2  Offer FREE science education, based on a thorough and balanced review of key research findings, as documented through a curated Bibliography.

3  Inspire the creation of an expanded medical model focused around neurophysiology and Brain-Body regulation.  We feel this is especially important for the many people with both complex physical disease and a history of complex emotional trauma.  Treatment plans based on the new medical model would go beyond “controlling” disease to build patient-clinician partnerships including foundational Brain-Body regulatory processes (sleep, emotional peace, supportive relationships, exercise, and more) with an emphasis on prevention.


Students from many fields, Resident Physicians and Fellows,
plus Faculty and Activists from Medicine, System Science, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work,
Education, Social Justice, Community Health and Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Yoga, the Arts
and MORE

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