PTSD: National Center for PTSD
PTSD Consultation Program Consultants
(866) 948-7880 or PTSDconsult@va.gov
Our team is part of the Executive Division of the National Center for PTSD.
- Sonya Norman, PhD, Program Director
- Nancy Bernardy, PhD, Consultant
- Matthew Friedman, MD, PhD, Consultant
- Matthew Yoder, PhD, Consultant
- Elissa McCarthy, PhD, Consultant
- Danielle Beauvais, PhD, Consultant
- Macgregor Montano, PharmD, BCPP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
- Kelly Phipps Maieritsch, PhD, Consultant
- Patricia Watson, PhD, Consultant
- Abigail Angkaw, PhD, Consultant
- Jessica Hamblen, PhD, Consultant
- Todd McKee, M Div, Program Manager
Sonya Norman, PhD, Program Director
Sonya Norman serves as the program Director overseeing all aspects of the PTSD Consultation Program. She also serves as a consultant. Dr. Norman is part of the Executive Division of the National Center for PTSD and is physically located at the VA in San Diego where she is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Norman previously directed the PTSD clinic for Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan at the San Diego VA and is a VA certified Prolonged Exposure consultant and Cognitive Processing Therapy therapist. She conducts research on PTSD treatment and has over 50 publications related to PTSD and associated problems. Dr. Norman has a grant to compare exposure therapy to coping skills therapy for treating comorbid PTSD and alcohol use disorder. She received her PhD from Stanford University.
Nancy Bernardy, PhD
Nancy Bernardy serves as the PTSD Mentoring Program Director and also serves as a consultant. Dr. Bernardy is the Associate Director for Clinical Networking at the Executive Division of the National Center for PTSD and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She is part of the education team at the Center and is a VA funded researcher on work that develops strategies to implement evidence-based treatments in VA. She received her PhD in biological psychology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1995 and then respecialized in clinical psychology at Yale University.
Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD
Dr. Friedman is Senior Advisor (former Executive Director) of the National Center for PTSD and Professor of Psychiatry and of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He has worked with PTSD patients as a clinician and researcher for thirty-five years and has published extensively on stress and PTSD, biological psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and clinical outcome studies on depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and chemical dependency. He has over 200 publications, including 23 books and monographs. Dr. Friedman is the primary consultant on questions related to prescribing for Veterans with PTSD.
Matthew Yoder, PhD
Matthew Yoder is a psychologist who joined the National Center for PTSD's Consultation Program after working as the national Evidence-Based Psychotherapy via Telemental Health Program Manager. In this position, he oversaw the implementation and evaluation of several national projects within Mental Health Services testing the feasibility of using clinical video technologies to offer evidence-based mental health care. He was previously part of the PTSD Clinical Team at the Ralph H. Johnson VA in Charleston, SC, where he worked as a staff psychologist providing Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy to Veterans diagnosed with PTSD. He also served as a PTSD mentor for PTSD program directors in his region and as a consultant on the national PE rollout. Dr. Yoder received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 2008. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His research is focused on studying the effectiveness of exposure-based therapies for PTSD and he has collaborated on grants exploring mindfulness-based approaches to the treatment of PTSD, comorbid PTSD and substance use disorders, and treatments for PTSD and severe mental illness.
Elissa McCarthy, PhD
Elissa McCarthy serves as a consultant specializing in questions related to assessment and treatment including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia, and residential programs. She is a clinical psychologist who joined the National Center for PTSD Consultation Program after working as the VISN 1 lead local evidence-based psychotherapy coordinator as well as a national consultant and regional trainer for the cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia rollout. Dr. McCarthy also worked as a member of the PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program treatment team at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Dr. McCarthy received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and completed a VA postdoctoral fellowship at the VISN 1 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) site. Her current research interests are focused on studying the effectiveness and implementation of evidence-based psychotherapies. Dr. McCarthy continues to deliver evidence-based psychotherapies through the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.
Danielle Beauvais, PhD
Danielle Beauvais joined the Consultation Program at the National Center for PTSD after retiring from the Coatesville, Pennsylvania VA Medical Center. She worked as a staff psychologist in the PTSD Clinical Team, and later in the Residential PTSD Program, where she provided treatment in evidence-based therapies, with a focus on EMDR. She also provides Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression. She has worked in private practice, consulted with community transitional housing facilities, and participated in disaster relief efforts. Dr. Beauvais received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Chicago), and is a licensed psychologist in both Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Macgregor Montaño, PharmD, BCPP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Macgregor Montaño is a clinical pharmacist at the National Center for PTSD and a consultant on questions related to pharmacologic treatment of PTSD. She does outreach across northern New England, providing clinical education and training to promote evidence-based care for Veterans with PTSD in the VA and in the community. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Center, she worked in VA Primary Care and Geriatrics clinics in Michigan and Vermont. She is board certified in psychiatric pharmacy and completed the VA Geriatric Scholar Program, a workforce development program to improve care of older adults. Her interests are the biological underpinnings of PTSD and memory, geriatrics, polypharmacy and medication safety. She understands first-hand the demands on front-line health care providers and wants to help providers sort through the pharmacopeia and patient factors to make wise prescribing choices.
Kelly Phipps Maieritsch, PhD
Kelly Phipps Maieritsch serves as a consultant specializing in questions related to assessment and treatment including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure, CAPS-5, measurement-based care, trauma and dissociation, and outpatient PTSD program management. She is a clinical psychologist who is a National CPT trainer and consultant, a regional mentor in the VA PTSD Mentoring Program, and program manager for the PTSD outpatient specialty program at the Hines VA in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Maieritsch previously worked in a VA facility in Missouri where she served as Military Sexual Trauma Lead and site coordinator, as well as PTSD outpatient program manager. Dr. Maieritsch received her PhD from Central Michigan University and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri St. Louis, in the Center for Trauma Recovery. She has served as therapist, investigator, and adherence and competence rater for several clinical research trials involving CPT. Her research interests include psychotherapy outcomes, assessment, clinical video technologies and evidence-based psychotherapies, and program evaluation.
Patricia Watson, PhD
Dr. Patricia Watson, Ph.D. has been a senior educational specialist for the National Center for PTSD since 1998. Her education includes a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Catholic University, and a postgraduate fellowship in pediatric psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Watson is a co-author of the Psychological First Aid (PFA) Field Guide and the Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Manual, designed to intervene in the immediate and intermediate phases after disasters and terrorism. She has co-edited three books on disaster behavioral health interventions, and numerous articles, guidance documents, courses, and chapters on disaster mental health, combat and operational stress, military culture, early intervention, and resilience. She is a co-author a the Combat Operational Stress First Aid (COSFA) peer support intervention, and Stress First Aid for Firefighters and Emergency Services Personnel and Curbside Manner (a public facing version of Stress First Aid), as well as creating versions of Stress First Aid for law enforcement professionals, forest firefighters, nurses, and rail workers. She is a co-author of toolkits and courses related to burnout and secondary traumatic stress, provider resilience, disaster mental health, police, chaplains, assessment of PTSD, military culture, anger management, and sleep management courses.
Abigail Angkaw, PhD
Abigail Angkaw is a clinical psychologist and serves as a consultant specializing in questions related to treatment, assessment, and clinic administration, including Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), CAPS, measurement-based care, motivation and engagement, and program evaluation/improvement. Dr. Angkaw is a national PE consultant, a VA CPT provider, and a regional mentor in the VA PTSD Mentoring Program. She is a Section Chief overseeing community based general mental health and specialty PTSD outpatient clinics at the VA San Diego, facility PTSD Program Director at the VA San Diego, and an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Angkaw received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She completed her predoctoral internship at the UCSD/VA San Diego, specializing in PTSD and comorbid substance use disorders and her postdoctoral fellowship in PTSD research. Her primary clinical research interests include the development and empirical validation of psychopathology models for PTSD and co-occurring conditions as well as research focused on improving the delivery of mental health treatment.
Jessica Hamblen, PhD
Dr. Jessica L. Hamblen is currently serving as Acting Deputy Executive Director along with her role as Deputy Director for Education at the National Center for PTSD and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where she obtained her Ph.D in clinical psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Dartmouth and the National Center for PTSD. Dr. Hamblen's interests are in developing, disseminating, and evaluating cognitive behavioral treatments for PTSD and related conditions.
Todd McKee, MDiv, Program Manager
Todd McKee serves as the program manager. He is the first point of contact for consultation requests and provides consultation on general information about PTSD and available resources on the National Center for PTSD's internet and intranet sites. Todd worked for many years as a case manager and administrator in a community mental health center and also has experience working as a chaplain. He understands many of the challenges that providers face in a busy and sometimes stressful work environment and is eager to help clinicians get the information and support they need in an efficient and timely manner.