The Georgetown Center for Trauma and the Community (CTC) was an interdisciplinary research center housed in the Department of Psychiatry, and focused on improving the mental health of low-income individuals and families in the Washington DC metropolitan area exposed to highly stressful and traumatic events, such as physical or sexual assault and abuse, life-threatening accidents, violent loss, war, and immigration-related trauma. Directed by Bonnie L. Green, PhD, it operated from 2004 – 2016, and was initially funded by a Developing Center grant from the NIMH to Dr. Green. Associate Directors were Mary Ann Dutton, PhD, Stacey Kaltman, PhD, community partner Maria Rosa Watson, DDS, DrPH, and colleagues from the School of Nursing and Health Studies.
The center was transitioned from active to inactive in 2016 due to expansion of other areas of scholarship within the department, and the ongoing work in trauma and mental health that continues with other partners and with other emphases. The CTC played an important role in developing and supporting infrastructure for many of the areas of research and scholarship in the department today.