The Yale Stress Center

Where the Science of Stress Meets Prevention and Treatment of Stress-Related Disorders

The Yale Stress Center conducts cutting edge interdisciplinary science of stress and focuses on developing and testing novel treatments to reverse the destructive effects of stress on integrated brain, body and behaviors. 

Research on new discoveries in understanding the brain-body mechanisms that drive the harmful effects on stress on health, and the resilience factors that enhance brain, body and spiritual aspects of functioning is conducted so novel ways to promote health and wellness and reduce disease risk and relapse may be developed.

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Facts About Stress

  • The American Psychological Association’s yearly APA surveys show between 50 – 58% of Americans report being stressed or very stressed, including 38% of children – since 2005. (
  • Adverse childhood experiences are common in the US today with over 43% reporting at least 2 or more such experiences (e.g., substance abuse or mental illness in home, verbal, physical or sexual abuse, family member in prison, witnessing domestic violence). (CDC, 2009)
  • Almost half of US men and women (48%) have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2011).
  • More than 1 in 3 individuals report high levels of anxiety which impair functioning, well being and health (Kessler et al., 2005).