Distinguished Speaker Series RESTORES

DSS Dr. Beidel - talk 2

The 2nd talk of the Distinguished Speaker Series was an emotional and moving one, as Deborah Beidel, Ph.D., spoke about Examining Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

On Wednesday, October 21st, Dr. Beidel gave a emotion filled presentation on effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She discussed the symptoms of PTSD, how it develops, who is most likely to develop it and the treatments, such as virtual reality, that are most effective in treating the disorder. She spoke in depth about this mental health condition that affects combat veterans, crime victims, as well as accident or natural disaster survivors.

Dr. Beidel is a Pegasus professor of psychology and medical evaluation and she is also the director of UCF RESTORES.

Part of the department of psychology, UCF RESTORES, is a clinical research center dedicated to the study of all facets of anxiety, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including etiology, psychopathology, treatment, resilience and prevention. UCF RESTORES is unique because of its development and use of established and emerging technologies to enhance prevention and intervention efforts.

Beidel TalkThroughout the night, Dr. Beidel touched the audience with heartwarming anecdotes and narratives of the success of UCF RESTORES and the amazing work they are doing.

The center serves as an educational and consultative resource for the Central Florida area and maintains liaisons with other major anxiety disorder centers nationally and internationally.


Currently the clinic is engaged in collaborative efforts with researchers in Brazil, Norway and Spain.

At the event, a gift of $1 million was given in support of UCF RESTORES PTSD clinic. This incredible donation was one of the many needed to help continue, promote and expand this fantastic and innovative program.

Please watch this video to learn more about UCF RESTORES and the work they do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Y5aHGukRU

If you would also like to help support the PTSD clinic please click here.


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Join us on November 18th, at 6pm, where Dr. Qiang Du, Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics at Columbia University, will be presenting “Bumblebees, Cracks and Nonlocal Calculus.”

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