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Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University

Arash Javanbakht, M.D., is a psychiatrist and serves as the director of the Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety Research Clinic (STARC). He is nationally known for his clinical and research work on anxiety, trauma, and PTSD. He is heavily involved in treatment of civilians, refugees, and first responders with PTSD.

He is the author of the book AFRAID, which is a comprehensive review of fear and anxiety, including evolution, brain and body, why we love to be scared, fear and bravery, meaning, creativity, diseases of fear and trauma and how we treat them, and politics of fear and media: (

Dr Javanbakht’s research examines the impact of exposure to war trauma in adults and children Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and biological and psychological factors of risk and resilience. This work is funded by the NIH. STARC also uses art, dance and movement, and yoga and mindfulness in helping refugee families overcome stress.

Dr Javanbakht work in treatment and research of trauma among first responders is funded by the State of Michigan. STARC is also a national leader in utilization of augmented reality and telemedicine technologies for treatment for anxiety disorders and PTSD.

Dr Javanbakht's work has been featured on the CNN, National Geographic, Aljazeera, NPR, Scientific American, Washington Post, Smithsonian, PBS, Science, Lancet, American Psychiatric Association, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Society of Biological Psychiatry, and tens of other media outlets.


  • –present
    Associate professor, Wayne State University


Anxiety and Depression Association of America Special Member Recognition Award (2023); Society of Biological Psychiatry Humanitarian Award (2023)