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Barbara O. Rothbaum

Barbara O. Rothbaum, PH.D., ABPP

PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY; DIRECTOR, TRAUMA AND ANXIETY RECOVERY PROGRAM & ASSOCIATE VICE CHAIR OF CLINICAL RESEARCH, EMORY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Ph.D., researches the treatment of individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders. A pioneer in using virtual-reality techniques to treat psychological disorders, she now is researching the use of VR exposure therapy and anti-anxiety medications to treat chronic PTSD in Iraq war veterans. Rothbaum also is studying efforts to prevent PTSD in emergency-room patients. She is a professor of psychiatry and an associate vice chair at the Emory School of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Psychological and director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory. Rothbaum has authored more than 200 scientific papers and chapters and has published four books on PTSD. She is a member of the board of directors for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and sits on the scientific advisory boards of the National Center for PTSD, McLean Hospital and the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. Rothbaum received the Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She also is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Study on Assessment of Ongoing Efforts in the Treatment of PTSD. Her outreach efforts with war veterans include BraveHeart: Welcome Back Veterans Southeast Initiative and initiating a clinician outreach and training program with the Georgia National Guard.

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