The PTSD Registry was set up by Neil Roberts, Jon Bisson and Neil Kitchiner in order to support the development of research into Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and associated trauma related conditions. 

The Registry will allow us to improve our understanding of PTSD.  For example, by identifying factors that make some people more likely than others to become unwell as a result of traumatic experiences, or respond better or worse to specific treatments, we hope to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment of PTSD in the future. The PTSD Registry aims to recruit adult participants with a history of PTSD from across Wales and to provide opportunities for them to learn about, and volunteer to participate in, other ethically approved high quality studies related to PTSD.  

The PTSD Registry is part of a larger study called the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) which is investigating a number of different mental health conditions, including PTSD. 


People can join the PTSD Registry if they are:

  • Aged 18 or over

  • Have been exposed to one or more traumatic event such as a road traffic accident, industrial accident, assault, sexual assault or rape, childhood physical or sexual abuse, military trauma, domestic violence, sudden violent death of a friend or family member

  • Have been either been diagnosed with PTSD or experience ongoing psychological difficulties related to a trauma experience

  • Are able to read and write in English

  • Feel well enough to complete an interview which will involve sensitive asking of questions about the trauma experience and problems you experienced

Interviews last 90-120 minutes and are conducted by trained staff at an NHS clinic, the University or individuals' homes if that is more convenient.  Participants are also asked to complete a number of questionnaires about aspects of how they think and feel.

Every member of the PTSD Registry team is an experienced mental health worker or researcher and has been trained to carry out this kind of interview.  The information provided is entered into a secure database anonymously for analysis.