Oxenberg Foundation


Catherine Oxenberg, People Magazine 

India Oxenberg, Photo Credit; Phylicia J. L. Munn

The Catherine Oxenberg Foundation is dedicated to helping individuals and families recover from the devastating effects of unresolved trauma. Our mission is to shift the paradigm of trauma from one of stigma and disability to one of growth opportunity and a gateway to wisdom and empowerment.

We are funding research in the field of trauma resolution, and developing an integrative, educational, trauma-informed platform HELIX 180 and recovery program designed to expedite recovery for trauma survivors. We offer scholarships and grants.

Research shows that trauma physically changes the brain and alters brain function. Recent advancement in neuroscience has revealed that neuroplasticity and neurogenesis is possible: the brain can heal.

With these discoveries comes great hope for reversing major illnesses and disorders such as PTSD, CPTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction, immune-disorders, and chronic pain.

Our long-term vision is to establish trauma-informed residential mental-health and wellness centers: HELIX IMMERSION. Safe caring environments where survivors can focus solely on recovery, integration, and reclaiming a sense of inner sovereignty.


Foundation Advisory Board

Daniel Amen MD
Psychiatrist and founder of the Amen Clinics.
Speaker at TEDx, on “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,” and on  “The Most Important Lesson from 83,000 Brain Scans.”

Meredith L. Chivers, PhD, CPych Associate Professor, Department of Psychology Queen’s University | Member, Centre for Neuroscience | Faculty of Arts & Science| Director, Sexuality and Gender Laboratory (Sagelab) | Queen’s National Scholar | CIHR New Investigator

Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH
Director, The Center for Sexual Health Promotion
Professor, Dept of Applied Health Science
School of Public Health – Bloomington
Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute
Indiana University, President ASSECT

 Barry Komisaruk PhD Rutgers University Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Adjunct Professor, Dept. Radiology, New Jersey College of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

James G. Pfaus, PhD, IF Professor and Concordia Research Fellow Past President, International Academy of Sex Research Fellow, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology Department of Psychology, Concordia University Montréal, QC Canada

Debra Wickman, MD, MS, FACOG, NCMP Section Head, Female Sexual Medicine, Menopause, Vulvar/Vaginal Disorders; Women’s Institute, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix; Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix.

 Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor Emerita, Rutgers University
Past- Vice president and Secretary General/Treasurer, World Association for Sexual Health (WAS)
Past-president, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
Past-president, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
Past- Director, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH)

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