Dr. Deborah Beidel

Distinguished Speaker Series:
Dr. Deborah Beidel

Dr Deborah BeidelExamining Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Dr. Deborah Beidel
Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education, Trustee Chair, University of Central Florida
October 21st, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Cevíche Tapas Orlando (125 W. Church Street Orlando, FL 32801)

Traumatic events are ubiquitous.  Combat veterans, first responders, crime victims, accident or natural disaster survivors – everyone knows someone who has been affected by trauma. Although many people experience traumatic events, approximately 25% of civilians and perhaps up to 30% of combat veterans develop posttraumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD. In this presentation, we will discuss the symptoms of PTSD, how it develops, who is most likely to develop it and the treatments, including virtual reality that are most effective in treating this disorder.

About Dr. Deborah Beidel:

Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP is Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education and Director of UCF RESTORES (RESearch and Treatment On Response to Extreme Stressors) at the University of Central Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical research at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Dr. Beidel holds Diplomates in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

She is the 1990 recipient of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy’s New Researcher Award, the 1995 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Medical School Psychologists, and the 2007 recipient of the Samuel M. Turner Clinical Researcher Award from the American Psychological Association. She is the author of over 230 scientific publications including journal articles, book chapters and books on the treatment of anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder and has been the recipient of over $15 million dollars in research funding throughout her career.

Her recent work focuses on utilizing technology to translate and disseminate efficacious treatments for anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder into standard clinical practice. Currently, she is the principal investigator and recipient of over $8 million dollars, including $5.4 million dollars to conduct a randomized controlled trial for the treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorders, the topic of her presentation this evening.