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PTSD: National Center for PTSD

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The National Center for PTSD

Acting Executive Director, Paula Schnurr PhD

We are the center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD. Although we are a VA Center, our seven divisions across the country provide expertise on all types of trauma - from natural disasters, terrorism, violence and abuse to combat exposure.

Although we provide no direct clinical care, our purpose is to improve the well-being and understanding of individuals who have experienced traumatic events, with a focus on American Veterans. We conduct cutting edge research and apply resultant findings to:

"Advance the Science and Promote Understanding of Traumatic Stress."

Read the (former) Executive Director's Message

Learn about the National Center for PTSD’s research and educational initiatives, meet expert staff at our seven Divisions, and find out how to increase awareness of PTSD and effective treatments.

Looking to interview a PTSD expert? Or to raise awareness of PTSD? Refer to:

Center Staff Researchers, clinicians, educators and administrative staff at the Center’s seven Divisions are dedicated to helping people who have experienced trauma. Interested in working with us? See Positions Available.

Learn more about the Center’s Leadership and future plans.

“I really appreciate [the Center’s] collaborative stance. Their scientists and clinicians have an openness to collaboration that has allowed our group and others to establish ongoing relationships that are personally and professionally rewarding.” – Robert Ursano, MD, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine

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