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UofL Depression Center conference focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder

Oct. 25 event is free and open to the public

UofL Depression Center conference focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder

Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D.

The topic of this year’s Annual UofL Depression Center Conference public presentation is “Understanding and Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” The free event is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St. Registration is at 5:45 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 6 p.m.

The speaker will be Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Ph.D., professor and associate vice chair of clinical research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Her talk will help participants become familiar with the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the basics of effective treatment.

Rothbaum specializes in research on the treatment of individuals with anxiety disorders, particularly PTSD. She has authored more than 200 scientific papers and chapters and has published four books on the treatment of PTSD. Some of her current research focuses on treating chronic PTSD in Iraq war veterans using virtual reality exposure therapy combined with medication and PTSD prevention in emergency room patients.

Rothbaum has served as a Blue Ribbon Panel Member for Pentagon officials since 2009 and was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense following the 2010 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. She was recently appointed to the committee for the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Study on Assessment of Ongoing Efforts in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Rothbaum received the Diplomate in Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has served on the Board of Directors and as past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. She has also served as Associate Editor of The Journal of Traumatic Stress.

The Sixth Annual Depression Conference is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Norton Healthcare; Our Lady of Peace, a part of KentuckyOne Health; Seven Counties Services; University of Louisville Hospital; and The Brook Hospitals.

An all-day educational session for physicians, nurses and other health care providers will be held Friday, Oct. 26, also at Clifton Center. This session provides continuing education credit and costs $90 for non-UofL faculty, residents and students.

For more information about the public event or the educational session, contact the UofL Depression Center at 502-813-6634.

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