Deputy Director of Education
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
White River Junction, Vermont
I am the Deputy for Education at the VA National Center for PTSD. I am also an Associate Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. My research and educational activities will significantly contribute to both dissemination activities and stakeholder engagement. As a researcher my primary interests are to develop, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based treatments for PTSD and to inform and support trauma survivors in understanding and seeking these treatments. My research focuses primarily on clinical trials for PTSD in special populations. I am currently working with disaster survivors and veterans with comorbid PTSD and substance use. Both are frequently believed to be unable to engage in trauma focused treatment—disaster survivors because of competing demands such as rebuilding their homes, and substance abusers because of the concern that it will threaten their recovery. I have expertise in conducting randomized controlled trials and have a current CSR&D trial of CBT for PTSD in Veterans with co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders and past NIMH support of CBT for Postdisaster distress. In my role as Deputy for Education I am responsible for disseminating information about PTSD to providers, veterans, and their families through our website and other educational products. I also oversee our website which has over 8 million unique users a year as well as our outreach activities. I have considerable experience both developing and evaluating resources for individuals with PTSD. By in large these resources are intended not only to provide knowledge and information but also to encourage the individual to take action in their recovery whether by using an online self help intervention or by seeking mental health treatment.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
3:50 PM – 4:07 PM EST