Center for Psychotraumatology

About

The center has a long-term expertise in psychotraumatology, which is reflected in a number of published reports, scientific papers, research projects, national and international collaboration, and other activities related to stress-related disorders. Our main focus areas are research, training, clinical practice, and policy.

The center is led by associate professor Evaldas Kazlauskas, PhD, who has been involved in psychotraumatology research since 2001. Evaldas is a board member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and an editorial board member of European Journal for Psychotraumatology.

 

Mission

High quality research and evidence-based knowledge to promote stress response and trauma assessment, treatment and prevention.

 

Vision

Leading excellence center for psychotraumatology in the region with international collaborations and providing evidence-based knowledge in the field for quality research, education, treatment, prevention and policy.

 

Contacts

Universiteto str. 9, Room 408, Vilnius, Lithuania

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Phone: +370 5 2687126+370 675 62696

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Team

  

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Lead researcher: associate professor Evaldas Kazlauskas, PhD

The center is led by associate professor Evaldas Kazlauskas, PhD, who has been involved in psychotraumatology research since 2001. Evaldas is a board member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and an editorial board member of European Journal for Psychotraumatology.

 

Research group:

Assoc. prof. Neringa Grigutytė, PhD

Assoc. prof. Paulius Skruibis, PhD

Assoc. prof. Miglė Dovydaitienė, PhD

Research fellow Paulina Želvienė, PhD

Jonas Eimontas, PhD student

Goda Gegieckaitė, PhD student

Eglė Mažulytė, PhD student

 

Student members:

Živilė Rimšaitė

Ingrida Bagdonavičiūtė

Monika Dukštaitė

Karolina Jocytė

Gintarė Korsakaitė

Karolina Macevičiūtė

Agnė Madeikytė

Julija Navickaitė

Agnė Raubaitė

Ingrida Vošterytė

Joana Kvederavičiūtė

 

We invite students to join our group and get involved in our research activities.

 

Research

Main research focus

The main research focus of the Center for Psychotraumatology is on disorders specifically associated with stress. The Center is involved in research on the resilience and risk factors of the disorders, development of interventions and evaluation of their efficacy.

VU Trauma research activity map3 

Current projects

 

 Research grants

Center for Psychotraumatology has received external funding for its research activities over the recent years.

 

Research instruments

The center has validated or developed a list of psychological assessment measures. Please contact us if you have inquiries regarding these measures.

Treatment

Assessment

We provide comprehensive assessment of traumatic experiences and trauma-related mental disorders. Using the most up-to-date measures validated in the Lithuanian population we provide psychological assessment and recommendations for treatment.

 

Treatment

About the treatment. This method was developed by prof. Berthold Gersons from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

How long does it take? BEPP has 16 sessions that last from 45 minutes to one hour. Usually the meetings are weekly. BEPP is provided by a professional psychologist specially trained to use BEPP.

What is happening during the sessions? All sessions have a specific purpose and agenda and include learning about PTSD, exposure to traumatic events, integration of trauma experience, farewell ritual and planning of relapse prevention plan.

Brief adjustment disorder intervention (BADI) is an internet-based self-help intervention for people experiencing symptoms of adjustment disorder.

The exercises in BADI are based on principles of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. Exercises are to be used according to ones needs.

Website: www.badi.lt (in Lithuanian language).

 

Collaboration

Active collaboration and communication with organisations working in the field of psychotraumatology is the top priority for the Center for Psychotraumatology. Successful collaboration has led to joint research projects, publications and implementation of trauma treatments. Center for Psychotraumatology is open to new collaboration opportunities nationally and internationally. Please contact us for more information.

International

National

Publications

We make our research articles available to those who are interested. Papers that are not available directly from our website, can be obtained from the staff of the Center for Psychotraumatology. Please contact us for articles and other questions via email: 

Recent publications (ISI WoS)

 

Kazlauskas, E., Gailiene, D., Vaskeliene, I., & Skeryte-Kazlauskiene, M. (in press). Intergenerational Transmission of Resilience? Sense of Coherence is Associated between Lithuanian Survivors of Political Violence and Their Adult Offspring. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01677.

Eimontas, J., Gegieckaite, G., Dovydaitiene, M., Mazulyte, E., Rimsaite, Z., Skruibis, P., Zelviene, P., & Kazlauskas, E. (in press). The Role of Therapist Support on Effectiveness of an Internet-based Modular Self-help Intervention for Adjustment Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping. doi:10.1080/10615806.2017.138506

Kazlauskas, E. (2017). Challenges for providing health care in traumatized populations: barriers for PTSD treatments and the need for new developments. Global Health Action10(1), 1322399. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2017.1322399

 

Kazlauskas, E., Zelviene, P., & Eimontas, J. (2017) ‘No posttraumatic stress disorder in Lithuania’: National health care fails to identify PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 30, 99–102. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jts.22152

Zelviene, P., Kazlauskas, E., Eimontas, J., & Maercker, A. (2017). Adjustment disorder: Empirical study of a new diagnostic concept for ICD-11 in the general population in Lithuania. European Psychiatry, 40, 20–25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eurpsy.2016.06.009

Kazlauskas, E., Jovarauskaite, L., Mazulyte, E., Skruibis, P., Dovydaitiene, M., Eimontas, J., & Zelviene, P. (2017). ‘It will get even better’: preliminary findings from a trauma-focused psychotherapy effectiveness study reveal false positive patients’ long-term outcome expectations after the treatment. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, 71(4), 277-281. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08039488.2016.1276623

Kazlauskas, E., & Zelviene, P. (2017). Association between posttraumatic stress and acceptance of social changes: Findings from a general population study and proposal of a new concept. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 63 (2), 126-131. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020764016687788

Skruibis, P., Eimontas, J., Dovydaitiene, M., Mazulyte, E., Zelviene, P., & Kazlauskas, E. (2016). Internet-based modular program BADI for adjustment disorder: Protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry, 16(1). http://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-016-0980-9

Kazlauskas, E., & Zelviene, P. (2016). Trauma research in the Baltic Countries: From political oppression to recovery. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 7, 29295. http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ejpt.v7.29295

Kazlauskas, E., Javakhishvilli, J., Meewisse, M., Merecz-Kot, D., Şar, V., Schäfer, I., ... & Gersons, B. P. (2016). Trauma treatment across Europe: where do we stand now from a perspective of seven countries. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 7http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ejpt.v7.29450

Events

Courses and conferences

Keynote speakers in past conferences were: prof. Andreas Maercker from Switzerland (2010), prof. Berthold Gersons from the Netherlands (2011), prof. William Yule from Great Britain (2012), prof. Onja Grad from Slovenia (2013), Marinus van IJzendoorn from the Netherlands (2014), prof. Grete Dyb from Norway (2016).