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Apr. 13,  2011

Emory PTSD Expert Appointed to Institute of Medicine Committee

News Article ImageBarbara Rothbaum, PhD, professor of Psychiatry and director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory University School of Medicine

ATLANTA– Emory University’s Barbara Rothbaum, PhD, has been appointed to the committee for the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Study on Assessment of Ongoing Efforts in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  

Rothbaum is professor of Psychiatry and director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory University School of Medicine.  

According to the IOM, this committee will be responsible for collecting data from the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on programs and methods available for the prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of post-traumatic stress disorder. The committee will also consider the status of studies and clinical trials involving innovative treatments of post-traumatic stress disorder that are conducted by the DOD, the VA and the private sector.  

Once the data is collected and analyzed, the committee will make recommendations based on the rates of success for each program or method used to treat PTSD; availability and access to treatment; the number of veterans who have been successfully treated and the adequacy of treatment and services.  

“I am happy to be involved in the IOM’s efforts to provide a cohesive and effective program for Armed Services men and women who are affected by PTSD,” says Rothbaum.  “Our goal is to ensure availability and accessibility of the best treatment options currently known, as well as identifying promising research in that field.”  

Rothbaum received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. Her research at Emory focuses on innovative cognitive-behavioral treatments including virtual reality, pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for PTSD, anxiety disorders and depression.  Rothbaum is credited with hundreds of publications, two patents and serves on the editorial board and manuscript reviewer for more than 20 journals.  

Her honors and awards include the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, 2010 and the American Psychological Association (APA), Division of Trauma Psychology (Division 56) “Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology,” 2010 (Awarded jointly to Barbara Rothbaum, JoAnn Difede, Greg Reger, and Albert “Skip” Rizzo).  

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