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Message from the Executive Director, Matthew J. Friedman


Message from the Executive Director

Former Executive Director Matthew Friedman

After leading the Center since its inception in 1989, Dr. Matthew Friedman retired as Executive Director at the end of 2013. He now serves part-time as Senior Advisor. Dr. Paula Schnurr has been named the Center's Acting Executive Director.

It is hard to believe that the National Center for PTSD has been in operation for over 20 years. The enthusiasm and vision with which our consortium began in 1989 have not only been sustained but have grown significantly. Our durable structure as a virtual center, the stability of our leadership, the creativity of our talented staff and the dynamism of our field have all fortified our collective dedication to our mission.

The establishment and continual growth of the National Center has fostered important, ambitious, exciting, and relevant collaborations with colleagues in VA as well as with scholars and clinicians from the National Institutes for Health, Department of Defense, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and major academic establishments, and the international community.

Over the years we have learned much about what needs to be done and how to do it. It is our hope with this website that we will continue to provide accurate, empirically-driven, timely, and authoritative information on PTSD and the aftereffects of trauma for our wide constituency of interested audiences. Fortified by our collaborations, research, and clinical and consultation experience, we look forward to more effectively carrying out our congressionally mandated educational mission via this website.

Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD

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