About Us

The Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC) is dedicated to the enhancement of the health and well-being of children and their families through research, service and dissemination of information about child abuse and trauma.



CTAC develops, tests and utilizes empirically supported technologies to understand and treat children and families impacted by violence, disasters, and other traumatic events. Evidence-based, trauma-informed services are provided to children ages 0-17 and their families in our interdisciplinary assessment and treatment clinics.



It takes decades for advances in scientific research to impact community policies and practices. CTAC is dedicated to moving scientific discoveries in the area of child traumatic stress into community practice and systems of care. Because real world observations can be critical for scientific inquiry, community engagement and collaboration is a priority.


Trauma Learning Center

CTAC provides training in trauma-informed, evidence-based practices to treat child traumatic stress to qualified providers using the latest dissemination technologies. Specialized consultation services on child maltreatment, disaster mental health, therapeutic jurisprudence and early childhood mental health are provided as part of CTAC.

Updates from the Field

UK CTAC's Dr. Otto Kaak is featured in KET's new documentary "Safe and Sound: Raising Emotionally Healthy Children in a Stressful World." 

Watch it online.


Video Resources for Caregivers

Check out our video series for caregivers of children who have experienced a traumatic event. These videos were made possible by Fayette County Public Schools and Pulaski County Schools as part of the SAMHSA AWARE Grant #5H79SM061908-02.

Why Experiences Matter: Trauma 101 for Caregivers

This video can help caregivers understand the effects that traumatic stress can have on children, the different types of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, common symptoms of traumatic stress, and trauma reminders.  There are also tips for responding to your child’s reactions to traumatic stress as well as recommendations for treatment. 

When to Seek Help if Your Child Has Experienced a Traumatic Event

This video can help caregivers understand common reactions to traumatic stress and what kinds of traumatic stress reactions may require intervention from a qualified mental health professional.  There are also tips for selecting appropriate mental health professionals as well where you could go for help.

Get Connected: Enhancing Resiliency Through School Connectedness

This video can help caregivers to understand the importance of connections in enhancing resiliency in children who have experienced traumatic stress. This video can also help caregivers understand how school connectedness can be a strong protective factor for their child. There are also many tips for you to “Get Connected!" with your child’s school.