Arash Javanbakht M.D.

Arash Javanbakht, M.D., serves as the director of the Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety Research Clinic (STARC) at Wayne State University. He is a board certified psychiatrist and completed his residency at the University of Michigan. His clinical work is mainly focused on anxiety and trauma related disorders and PTSD. He often helps civilians and first responders with PTSD. His clinic utilizes pharmacotherapy (medication), psychotherapy, exercise, and lifestyle modification to help patients achieve their full capacity for a fulfilling life. 

His research also focuses on anxiety disorders and trauma. Several research studies at the STARC examine the impact of exposure to war trauma in adults and children Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and biological and psychological factors of risk and resilience. This research examines genetic and inflammation correlates of trauma, as well as art, dance, movement, yoga, and mindfulness to help refugee families overcome stress.

STARC also works on neurobiology of psychotherapy, and on utilization of augmented reality and telemedicine to develop a method of providing in vivo treatment for anxiety disorders and PTSD. Dr. Javanbakht also has a special interest in the personal meaning of trauma: How does personal interpretation of a traumatic experience influence the way an individual is affected by it?

Dr. Javanbakht's work has been featured on CNN, Aljazeera, NPR, Washington Post, Smithsonian, PBS, American Psychiatric Association Press Briefing, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and other media outlets.

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