Center for Psychotraumatology


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

The center is led by associate professor dr. Evaldas Kazlauskas, who has been involved in psychotraumatology research since 2000. Evaldas is a board member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and an editorial board member of European Journal for Psychotraumatology.


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


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.


Universiteto str. 9, Room 408, Vilnius, Lithuania


Phone: +370 5 2687126

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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:

Neringa Grigutytė, PhD, Assoc. Prof.

Paulina Želvienė, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Student members:

Jonas Eimontas, PhD student

Leonora Engelbach

Karolina Jocytė

Gintarė Korsakaitė

Joana Kvederavičiūtė

Monika Kvedaraitė

Karolina Macevičiūtė

Agnė Madeikytė

Edvinas Pilipavičius

Jogilė Rizgelytė

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



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

  • Psychosocial risk and resilience factors of stress-related disorders
  • Effects of childhood trauma: stress and resilience
  • The structure of ICD-11 stress related disorders in Lithuanian population
  • Interventions of stress-related disorders
  • Metaphors of adversity and coping in the Lithuanian population: Cross-cultural study

Research grants

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

  • Research project ‘Mediating effects of psychosocial factors on stress and trauma related psychological after-effects in the context of social psychotraumatology’ (2015-2017). Funded by Research Council of Lithuania. Grant number MIP-006/2015 (PI dr. Evaldas Kazlauskas). Budget 87,759 EUR. 

  • Research project ‘Effectiveness of Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD and comparison to internet-based intervention’ (2012–2014). Funded by Research Council of Lithuania. Grant number MIP-011/2012 (PI dr. Evaldas Kazlauskas). Budget 53,200 EUR.

  • Research project ‘Psychosocial factors of psychological well-being in the Context of Psychotraumatology’. (2012–2013). Funded by Research Council of Lithuania. Grant number SIN-01/2012 (PI dr. Evaldas Kazlauskas). Budget 40,480 EUR.

  • Research project ‘Ambulatory psychological assessment in psychotraumatology’ (2010–2011). Funded by Research Council of Lithuania. Grant number MIP-19/2010 (PI dr. Evaldas Kazlauskas). Budget 47,380 EUR.

  • Research project ‘Cross-cultural study of trauma metaphors‘ (2016–2017). Funded by C. G. Jung Foundation (PI prof. A. Maercker).

  • Research project ‘Effectiveness of short-term psychosocial intervention for adjustment disorder’ (2014–2016). Funded by Research Council of Lithuania. Grant number MIP-079/2014 (PI dr. P. Skruibis). Budget 53,200 EUR.

  • Research project ‘Psychological analysis of intergenerational effects of the totalitarian regime’ (2009). Funded by Lithuanian Science and Study Foundation. Grant number T-13/09 (PI prof. D. Gailienė). 

  • Researcher, Research project ‘Intergenerational effects of psychological trauma in the context of social changes in society’ (2007). Funded by Lithuanian Science and Study Foundation. Grant number T-06/07 (PI prof. D. Gailienė).

  • Research project ‘Clinical psychological assessment in psychotraumatology‘ (2005). Grant number T-09/05. Funded by Lithuanian Science and Study Foundation. (PI prof. D. Gailienė).

  • Research project ‘Long-term effects of Soviet political repression in Lithuania’ (2000-2003). Funded by Lithuanian Genocide and Resistance Research Center. (PI prof. D. Gailienė).

Research instruments

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

  • ADNM (Adjustment Disorder New Module)
  • DTQ (Disclosure of Trauma Questionnaire)
  • IES-R (Impact of Event Scale - Revised)
  • ITQ (International Trauma Questionnaire)
  • LEC (Life Events Checklist)
  • PTGI (Posttraumatic Growth Inventory)
  • SAQ (Social Acknowledgement Questionnaire)
  • SOCHI (Social Changes Inventory)
  • WBQ (Well-being Questionnaire)



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.


  • Evidence-based trauma-focused treatments are offered at the Center. Please contact us for more information.


Active collaboration and communication with organisations working in the field of psychotraumatology is 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.




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

Zelviene, P, & Kazlauskas, E. (2018). Adjustment disorder: Current perspectives. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment,14, 375–381. doi:10.2147/NDT.S121072

Kazlauskas, E., Gegieckaite, G., Eimontas, J., Zelviene, P., & Maercker, A. (2018). A brief measure of ICD-11 adjustment disorder: Investigation of psychometric properties in adult help-seeking sample. Psychopathology, 1-6. doi:10.1159/000484415

Eimontas, J. Gegieckaite, G., Dovydaitiene, M., Mazulyte, E., Rimsaite, Z., Skruibis, P., Zelviene, P., & Kazlauskas, E. (2018). The role of therapist support on effectiveness of an internet-based modular self-help intervention for adjustment disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 31, 146-158. doi:10.1080/10615806.2017.1385065

Kazlauskas, E., Zelviene, Z., Lorenz, L., Quero, S., & Maercker, A. (2018). A scoping review of ICD-11 adjustment disorder research. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 8, 1421819. doi:10.1080/20008198.2017.1421819

Kazlauskas, E., Gegieckaite, G., Hyland, P., Zelviene, P., & Cloitre, M. (2018). The structure of ICD-11 PTSD and complex PTSD in Lithuanian mental health services. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 9, 1414559. doi:

Karatzias, T., Cloitre, M., Maercker, A., Kazlauskas, E., Shevlin, M., Hyland, P., Bisson, J., Roberts, N.P., & Brewin, C.R. (2017). PTSD & complex PTSD: ICD -11 updates on concept and measurement in the UK, USA, Germany and Lithuania. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 8. doi:10.1080/20008198.2017.1418103

Eimontas, J., Rimsaite, Z., Gegieckaite, G., Zelviene, P., & Kazlauskas, E. (2017). Internet-based self-help intervention for adjustment disorder: Preliminary findings. Psychiatric Quarterly, 1-10. doi:

Kazlauskas, E., Gailiene, D., Vaskeliene, I., & Skeryte-Kazlauskiene, M. (2017). Intergenerational transmission of resilience? Sense of coherence is associated between Lithuanian survivors of political violence and their adult offspring. Frontiers in Psychology, 8: 1677. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01677

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.

 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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Kazlauskas, E., & Zelviene, P. (2016). Trauma research in the Baltic Countries: From political oppression to recovery. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 7, 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, 7


Courses and conferences

We provide trainings and supervisions of evidence-based trauma-focused treatments for mental health professionals. There are ongoing EMDR, BEPP trainings at the moment. Contact us about the possibilities of training and supervision of trauma-informed treatments.

We organize Annual Vilnius Trauma Conferences since 2010. Keynote speakers in past conferences were: prof. Andreas Maercker from Switzerland (2010), prof. Berthold Gersons from the Netherlands (2011 2017), 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), and others.

  • XIV Conference of European Society for traumatic stress studies conference “Trauma in Changing Societies: Social Contexts and Clinical Practice”.10-13 June 2015 Vilnius, Lithuania. Official website:
  • BADI

    Psichotraumatologijos centro puslapis.v4

    Registracija į BADI programą yra sustabdyta. Dėkojame visiems naudojusiems BADI ir dalyvavusiems BADI programos tyrimuose.

    Mūsų tyrimai parodė, kad BADI programa yra veiksminga žmonėms, kurie siekia susitvarkyti su stresu. Susipažinti su BADI tyrimų rezultatais galite mūsų publikuotuose moksliniuose straipsniuose.

    Ateityje planuojame vykdyti naujus psichologinės pagalbos internetu projektus ir tyrimus. Visas naujienas sekite Vilniaus universiteto Psichotraumatologijos centro internetiniame puslapyje.

    Kilus klausimams, prašome kreiptis VU Psichotraumatologijos centro el. paštu:


    Registration to BADI is suspended. We would like to thank everyone who used BADI and participated in BADI trials.

    Our research showed that BADI can effectively help to cope with stress. Please see our published papers for more information.

    For our latest research on internet interventions please see our website.

    Please contact Center for Psychotraumatology at Vilnius university for further inquiries:

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