Research at the center focuses on empirical examination of the effects of trauma and adversity, protective factors associated with promoting resilience, and the development of interventions for children, youth, families and communities. Current research projects by Trauma Center faculty affiliates include the areas of child exposure to domestic violence, prevention and intervention of violence against girls and women, child abuse and neglect, foster care of LGBTQ youth, international adoption, trauma history and symptomology measurement, prenatal drug exposure, and early intervention practices.

Faculty affiliated with the Trauma Center secure more than $1 million annually in external funding to support research projects. The majority of the research conducted at the Trauma Center is funded by federal grants from the National Institute of Health, the Department of Justice, the Administration of Children and Families, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.