Dr. Sim’s Resource List for the Neurobiology of Trauma: 

After my presentation at the Crime Victim’s Rights Conference (in a 90 minute session titled “Professionals Playing: Healing & Wholeness in the Midst of Vicarious Trauma”), I was asked for my resource list. A top 10 greatest neurobiology hits, I believe was the exact wording!

If I was to create a works cited from all the places I depended on to write that material, it would include several trainings and courses… But also things accessible for reading & studying.

Here’s my Go-To List of Neurobiology of Trauma Resources:


I. Books- Theory/Explanation:

A. Peter Levine, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, 1997.

B. Peter Levine, In An Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2010.

C. The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD, Viking Publishing (Division of Penguin Group), New York, 2014

D. Trauma and Recovery, Judith Herman, M.D., Basic Books, New York, 1997.

E. Sharon Stanley, PhD, Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma: Lifting the Burdens of the Past. New York: Routledge, 2016.

F. The Developing Mind: Toward a Neurobiology of Interpersonal Experience by Daniel J. Siegel. New York, The Guilford Press, 1999

G. Stephen W. Porges. Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., 2011.


II. Books- Basic Brain Anatomy, Function, Explanation: 

A. The Brain Book: Development, Function, Disorder, Health. Ken Ashwell. Buffalo: Firefly Books, 2012.

B. The Human Brain Book. Rita Carter, 2nd Ed. London: DK Publishing, 2009.

C. The Handy Anatomy Answer Book. Chapter 6: The Nervous System. Naomi E. Balaban and James E. Bobick. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 2008.


III. Books- Neuroscience Theory Into Practice:

A. Andrew Newberg, MD. And Mark Robert Waldman. Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy. New York: Hudson Street Press, 2012.

B. Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to end anxiety, panic, and worry. By Catherine M. Pittman, PhD and Elizabeth M. Karle, MLIS. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, 2015.


IV. Articles:

A. Nature Neuroscience, Volume 8, Number 4, April 2005. Amygdala damage impairs emotional memory for gist but not details of complex stimuli.

B. On Fear and Neurobiology: Pathological anxiety and function/dysfunction in the brain’s fear/defense circuitry in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience 32 (2014) pages 63-77.

C. The Biology of Being Frazzled by Amy F.T. Arnsten, Science, Vol 280, Issue 5370, 1711-1712, June 1998.

D. Behind the Torment. David Lisak. In Violence Against Women, Vol 16, Issue 12, 1372-1374.

E. David Berceli and Maria Napoli, “A Proposal for a Mindfulness-Based Trauma-Prevention Program for Social Work Professionals” Published in Complementary Health Practice Review, Vol. 11. No. 3. 2007.

F. The Precarious Present, Robert Scaer, MD. Psychotherapy Networker, Nov/Dec 2006, Pages 49-53, 67.

G. The Neurophysiology of Dissociation and Chronic Disease. Robert Scaer, MD. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Vol. 26. No. 1. 2001, pages 73-91.


V. Online Resources- Connected to Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence:

A. Dr. David Lisak

B. Why Rape Victims Don’t Fight or Yell, Washington Post (Dr. Hopper)

C. Why Rape Victims Have Fragmented Memories (Dr. Hopper)

D. Brain Science and Sexual Assault Responses


VI. Online Resources- Neurobiology:

A. For professionals interested in the brain: NICABM  (sometimes have free webinars)

See also:  Article about strengthening resilience in the brain

B. Dr. Daniel SiegelDr. Daniel Siegel

C. Article on the Impact of Stress

D. Article on the Neurobiology of Stress


VII. Videos/Presentations available online:

A. Dr. David Lisak

B. Dr. Rebecca CampbellDr. Rebecca Campbell

C. Daniel Siegel, M.D. on the high road and low road

D. Daniel Siegel, M.D. on flipping your lid

E. Peter Levine


VIII. Neurobiology and Healing:

A. Washington Post, Neurobiology and Meditation

B. Psychology Today, Meditation Changes the Brain

C. BBC, Monks Brains Meditating

D. Creating new neural pathways in the brain

E. Neuroscience, Nuns, Spirituality


IX. Blogs:

A. Beyond Trauma

B. Peter Levine’s Blog


X. End Violence Against Women International’s Resources:

A. Rebecca Campbell Neurobiology Webinar Transcript

B. Rebecca Campbell Questions Transcript

C. Frequently Asked Questions on Neurobiology of TraumaFrequently Asked Questions on Neurobiology of Trauma

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