Barbara Rothbaum

Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Ph.D. is a professor in psychiatry and Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research at the Emory School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program and the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory and holds the Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology. Dr. Rothbaum specializes in research on the treatment of individuals with anxiety disorders, particularly focusing on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has authored over 300 scientific papers and chapters, has published 5 books on the treatment of PTSD and edited 3 others on anxiety, and received the Diplomate in Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is a past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), is currently on the Scientific Advisory Boards for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), National Center for PTSD (NC-PTSD), and McLean Hospital, the executive committee of the Warrior Care Network, and is a pioneer in the application of virtual reality to the treatment of psychological disorders. She is a fellow of the ACNP (American College of Neuropsychopharmacology) and American Psychological Association’s Division 56 (Division of Trauma Psychology) and was awarded with her collaborating team the 2010 “Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology” for APA Division 56 and the Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Study on Assessment of Ongoing Efforts in the Treatment of PTSD. Her current and recent NIMH grants focus on treating chronic PTSD in Iraq veterans using virtual reality exposure therapy combined with medication (d-cycloserine, alprazolam, or placebo), trying to prevent the development of PTSD in emergency room patients, and testing a CRF1 antagonist for the treatment of PTSD in females. Her outreach efforts with Veterans include BraveHeart: Welcome Back Veterans Southeast Initiative and initiating a clinician outreach and training program with the Georgia National Guard.

Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program
Emory Healthcare Veterans Program