Sarah Ostrowski, PhD

Research Program Director; NeuroDevelopmental Science Center


Dr. Sarah Ostrowski has expertise in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children, data management/statistics, and quality improvement. During her post-doctoral research fellowship with the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS), she worked closely with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and NCCTS to mentor NCTSN members on research and data analyses. Ostrowski has numerous publications and presentations on acute and chronic traumatic stress symptoms in children and caregivers. She currently serves on the NCTSN Steering Committee and continues to work with the network to systematically evaluate evidence-based practices and treatment outcomes.

Fellowship

Child/adolescent trauma: Duke University; National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Clinical Interests

National Child Traumatic Stress Network; Steering Committee member
International Child Traumatic Stress Network

Research Interests

Psychophysiological predictors and correlates of child traumatic stress; traumatic brain injury

Publications

Supanich, L., Ostrowski, S.A., Fallow, W., Spoonster, E., vanDulmen, M., Sledjeski, E.M., & Delahanty, D.L. (2008). Trauma history characteristics and subsequent PTSD symptoms in motor vehicle accident victims. Journal of Traumatic Stress 21(4), 377-384.

Pynoos, R., Steinberg, A., Lang, C., Briggs-King, E.C., Ostrowski, S.A., & Fairbank, J.A.
(2009). DSM V PTSD diagnostic criteria for children and adolescents: A developmental perspective and recommendations. Journal of Traumatic Stress.22 (5), 391-398.

Nugent, N.R., Christopher, N.C., Crow, J.., Browne, L., Ostrowski, S.A., & Delahanty, D.L. (2010). The efficacy of early propranolol administration at reducing PTSD symptoms in child trauma victims: A pilot study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23 (2), 282-287.

Ostrowski, S.A., Ciesla, J.A., Irish, L., Lee, T.J., Christopher, N.C., & Delahanty, D.L. (2011). The impact of caregiver distress on the longitudinal development of child acute PTSD symptoms in pediatric injury victims. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 36 (7), 806-815.

Pacella, M.L., Irish, L., Ostrowski, S.A., Sledjeski, E., Ciesla, J.A., Fallon, W., Spoonster, E., & Delahanty, D., L. (2011). Avoidant coping as a mediator between peritraumatic dissociation and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24 (3), 317-325.

Briggs, EC, Fairbank JA, Greeson JP, Layne CM, Steinberg AM, Amaya-Jackson LM, Ostrowski SA, Gerrity ET, Pynoos RS. Links between child and adolescent trauma exposure and service use histories in a national clinic-referred sample. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 2013; 5(2): 101-109.

Delahanty, DL, Ostrowski SA, Gabert, C, Nugent N, Fisher B, Pitman R, Bon J, Fallow W. The Efficacy of Initial Hydrocortisone Administration at Preventing Post-traumatic Distress in Adult Trauma Patients: A Randomized Trial" CNS Spectrum. 2013: 18(2); 103-111.

Steinberg AM, Brymer MJ, Gosh-Ippen C, Kim S, Ostrowski SA, Briggs-King EC, Pynoos, R. Psychometric properties of the UCLA PTSD Reaction Index. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2013. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 1-9.

Elhai JD, Layne CM, Steinberg AM, Brymer MJ, Briggs EC, Ostrowski SA, Pynoos RS. Psychometric properties of the UCLA PTSD Reaction Index. Part II: Investigating factor structure findings in a national clinic-referred youth sample. 2013. Journal of Traumatic Stress; 26: 10-18.


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