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Bringing Research into Clinical Practice​

Our mission is to bring together research and clinical practice to ensure that our interventions are evidence-based and at the forefront of the refugee trauma treatment field.  

As an activity of STARTTS, ANFI is committed to using research to expand knowledge related to the impact of refugee trauma on brain functioning and to evaluate efficacy of different neuromodulation techniques in working with refugee survivors of torture and trauma.

Current Studies

Trauma Treatment Trial

A randomized-controlled trial evaluating EEG neurofeedback training adjunct to trauma counselling for reducing posttraumatic symptoms in adults with a refugee background.

Objectives: The primary aim of this project is to examine the efficacy of neurofeedback training for alleviating chronic posttraumatic stress symptoms in adult refugees in comparison to another active intervention. We hypothesize that NFT will be associated with a reduction in symptoms, accompanied by changes in functional brain activity associated with improved cognitive control and emotion regulation.

NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)


Published Work from our Team and Collaborators

Evaluation of Neurofeedback for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Related to Refugee Experiences Using Self-Report and Cognitive ERP Measures

Background: Neurofeedback holds promise as an intervention for the psychophysiological dysfunction found in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Neural Correlates of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Trauma Exposure, and Postmigration Stress in Response to Fear Faces in Resettled Refugees

Background: Refugees are exposed to multiple traumatic events and postmigration stressors, elevating risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but there is limited research into how these factors affect emotional neural systems. Here, resettled refugees in Australia (N = 85) completed a functional magnetic resonance imaging scan while viewing fear and neu…

Neurofeedback as an adjunct therapy for treatment of chronic post-traumatic stress disorder related to refugee trauma and torture experiences: two case studies

Objective: The objective of this study was to describe the use of neurofeedback for refugee-related chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in two case studies. Methods: We describe the assessment and application of neurofeedback integrated into the treatment of two clients with chronic PTSD. We include details of our treatment schedule, s…
Integration of Neurofeedback in the Therapeutic Work With Torture and Trauma Survivors: A Case Study
This paper describes a case study of a 14-year-old African refugee boy who survived multiple traumas related to war, displacement, and deprivation. Traumatized from the age of 2, his presentation was primarily one of affect dysregulation. In order to address both the core hyperarousal and the unavailability of the necessary cortical and behavioral…

Neurofeedback in Work With Refugee Trauma: Rebuilding Fragile Foundations

THE CASE of PABLO DIEGO The Integration of Neurofeedback in Therapeutic Work with a Torture Survivor

Research Partners

Partners in the academia: 
  • University of Sydney
  • University of NSW
  • Macquarie University
  • Westmead Institute for Medical Research
  • Dr Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • Sebern Fisher
  • Dr Moshe Perl
  • qEEG Diplomat Jay Gunkelman