Roster: APA Guideline Development Panel for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

January 2015

Laura Brown, PhD, ABPP, is currently a full-time practitioner of psychotherapy, consultation and forensic psychology. She is the founder and director of the Fremont Community Therapy Project, a low-fee psychotherapy training clinic in Seattle. Much of Brown's work has been in the fields of feminist therapy theory, trauma treatment, lesbian and gay issues, assessment and diagnosis, ethics and standards of care in psychotherapy, and cultural competence. She is a fellow of 10 APA divisions and has served on the editorial boards of various journals. Brown is a former president of APA Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues), Div. 56 (Trauma) and of the Washington State Psychological Association.

Joan M. Cook, PhD, is an associate professor at Yale School of Medicine and a researcher at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Center for PTSD. She has numerous publications in the traumatic stress and geriatric mental health fields, including scientific papers on the phenomenology, assessment and treatment of older adult trauma survivors. Since 2001, Cook has continuously received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, serving as the principal investigator on four grants, three specifically on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD. Her most recent NIMH grant supports a nationwide investigation of the adoption and sustained use of two evidence-based treatments for PTSD in VA residential treatment programs. She has been active in the leadership of APA's Div. 56 (Trauma Psychology), serving on the APA Council of Representatives. She is also on the board of directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Cook serves on the editorial boards of two journals for trauma research, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy and Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, (chair) trained as a counseling psychologist and is the principal and founder of Courtois & Associates, PC, a private practice in Washington, D.C. Her outpatient clinical practice spans 35 years. Her career has been focused on aspects of PTSD and its treatment, especially for adults who were sexually abused as children. She is the immediate past president of APA's Div. 56 (Trauma Psychology) and has served two terms on the board of directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Currently, she chairs the Complex Trauma Treatment Guidelines Committee, charged with producing joint guidelines for Div. 56 and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Courtois has authored, co-authored or co-edited seven professional books and is presently working on an eighth on the topic of trauma and spirituality. She has also published a number of peer-reviewed chapters and articles, and serves on a number of editorial boards. In recent years, she served as a founding associate editor of the APA journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy. Courtois also co-founded The Center: Posttraumatic Disorders Program, which provides services at the in-patient, partial-hospitalization and outpatient levels, and served there as clinical and training director for 16 years.

John A. Fairbank, PhD, is a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Duke University Medical Center, and director of the VA Mid-Atlantic (VISN 6) Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center headquartered at the Durham VA Medical Center. Fairbank serves as co-director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, colocated at Duke University and UCLA. His research has helped to establish the prevalence of veterans', children's and adolescents' exposure to trauma, the impact of trauma on mental and physical health, and the utility of quality improvement models for implementing evidence-based treatments for traumatic stress reactions in community agencies. A past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Fairbank currently serves on the boards of directors for Psychology Beyond Borders and the Center for Child and Family Health in Durham, N.C.

Matthew Friedman, MD, PhD, was executive director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Center for PTSD between 1989 and 2014 and now serves as senior advisor and professor of psychiatry, and of pharmacology and toxicology, at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He has worked with PTSD patients as a clinician and researcher for more than 40 years. Dr. Friedman has published extensively in the areas of stress and PTSD, biological psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and clinical outcome research on depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and chemical dependency. He has over 300 publications, including 27 books and monographs. Dr. Friedman is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, past chair of the scientific advisory board of Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and chair of the APA's DSM-5 work group proposing diagnostic criteria for PTSD and related disorders. He has served on many research, education and policy committees for the VA, Department of Defense and National Institute of Mental Health. He has received many honors including the ISTSS Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 and the ISTSS Public Advocacy Award in 2009. He was a finalist for the 2011 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in the career achievement division.

Joseph P. Gone, PhD, is an associate professor in the clinical psychology program in the department of psychology at the University of Michigan. His major interests include cultural influences on mental health status, as well as the intersection of evidence-based practice and cultural competence in mental health services. His research has explored mental health problems such as PTSD and historical trauma within American Indian communities. Gone has published more than 50 articles and chapters addressed to the cultural psychology of self, identity, personhood and social relations in indigenous community settings vis-à-vis the mental health professions, with particular attention to therapeutic interventions (such as psychotherapy and traditional healing). He has served on the editorial boards of six academic journals and reviewed manuscripts for an additional 45 journals in the behavioral and health sciences. In addition to two early career awards for emerging leadership in ethnic minority psychology, he received the 2013 Stanley Sue Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology from Div. 12 of the American Psychological Association. In 2014, he was named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Russell Jones, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma psychology in the areas of natural and technological disasters, as well as interpersonal violence. He has published extensively on topics related to traumatized children, adolescents and adults. He served as a co-investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health grant designed to assess the impact of residential fires on children, adolescents and their parents. Jones is a past member of the board of directors of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) as well as the board of directors of APA's Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology). He also served as a member of the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s Advisory Committee for Injury Prevention and Control (ACIPC), and ACIPC's Scientific and Program Review Subcommittee; he is also the former chair of the Scientific Program Review Subcommittee at the Injury Center at the CDC. He was a member of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee designed to provide advice to former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. More recently, he served as a member of the Disaster Mental Health Subcommittee under the auspices of the National Biodefense Science Board. He is a member of the Hurricane Katrina Community Advisory Group administered by the Department of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School and remains actively involved in the mental health efforts following the April 16, 2007, shootings at Virginia Tech.

Annette La Greca, PhD, is a distinguished professor of psychology and pediatrics at the University of Miami. She has devoted much of her efforts to empirical research on youths' risk and resilience, and to the development of lay and professional resource materials on the prevention and treatment of PTSD and trauma in children and adolescents affected by disasters, terrorism, community violence and war. La Greca also developed a school-based handbook to help children cope with natural disasters, which is now in its fourth printing and has been translated into Japanese. Her trauma work has been funded by the BellSouth Foundation and the United Way, and she is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She served as a co-investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health grant on long-term effects of war-related trauma in children, and on a NIDA grant on the development of a family-based intervention for substance-using adolescents affected by Hurricane Katrina. La Greca has authored a chapter on evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents affected by disasters and terrorism, and was the lead editor on a scholarly book, "Helping Children Cope With Disasters and Terrorism." Finally, she chaired an APA special task force on children and disasters, and chaired an APA presidential task force on children and trauma.

Thomas A. Mellman, MD, is on the faculty of Howard University where he trains psychiatry residents, provides clinical care and conducts research in the area of PTSD, sleep and mechanisms linking PTSD and sleep disturbance to health risk and health disparities. His work has also extended to evaluations and recommendations for the use of psychotropic medications in the public sector. He directs the Clinical and Translational Research and Stress and Sleep Studies Programs and is affiliated with the Center for Trauma and the Community. Mellman has been the principal investigator on 11 federal grants and has been an investigator in a number of federal and industry-sponsored multisite studies. Much of his research and publications has addressed the role of sleep disturbance in the pathogenesis and treatment of PTSD. His current research studies patients who are being treated for traumatic injuries and includes early sleep recordings and longitudinal assessment of PTSD. Mellman received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and additional training at the National Institute of Mental Health.

John Roberts is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served from 1982-96. Following his military service, he was as a national service officer for the Disabled American Veterans. He next worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), serving initially as a veteran’s service representative and then becoming the supervisor for a regional office. At the VA he was honored as Houston’s Disabled Federal Employee of the Year. He also completed an assignment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center providing support to service men and women who had been severely injured. In 2007, Roberts became the national service director for the Wounded Warrior Project, with subsequent promotions to mental health and family support executive vice president and then to his current position as the warrior relations executive vice president. Roberts has given testimony to U.S. Senate and House committees on veterans’ issues and done television interviews and community outreach on topics related to veterans’ PTSD.

Priscilla Schulz, LCSW-C, is a clinical social worker with the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. The primary focus of Schulz's more than 35-year-long career has been to address traumatic stress in vulnerable populations, and to overcome barriers to evidence-supported care. Towards this end Schulz has worked extensively cross-culturally and in diverse settings. These include communities of foreign-born, war refugees, low-income inner-city communities and families of homicide victims.

Schulz has successfully used evidence-based PTSD treatments with limited-English-speakers and in less than ideal treatment settings. Public and private funds have supported her work; notably, the Missouri Department of Public Safety, the St. Louis Mental Health Board of Trustees, the United Way and several foundations: Incarnate Word, Deaconness and Daughters of Charity.

Since 2008 Schulz has trained and provided consultation to several thousand clinicians with the U.S. departments of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD, an empirically supported treatment. She has consulted on CPT implementation studies at Ryerson University, Toronto, and Boston University.

At the Peace Corps Schulz trains and consults with Peace Corps' Office of Health Services' professional staff on evidence-supported assessment and treatment of post-trauma distress. She trains Peace Corps volunteers in resilience. And, she is a Peace Corps staff therapist providing telephone-based and in-person psychotherapy to volunteers on a range of psychiatric and adjustment problems.

Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH, is associate professor of social medicine and associate professor of family medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research has focused on psychological trauma in post-conflict settings, particularly the impact of justice mechanisms, such as truth commissions and tribunals, on mental health. Dr. Sonis is also interested in research methods for studying psychological trauma and was the principal investigator of the annual NIH-funded Conference on Innovations in Trauma Research Methods. Dr. Sonis is a practicing primary care physician, board certified in family medicine and in preventive medicine, with particular interest and expertise in mental health. He has practiced family medicine for over 25 years in diverse settings, including an urban Native American health center in Tulsa, Okla., and a community health center in an indigent African American/Latino community in Brooklyn, N.Y. He maintains an active clinical practice at UNC Family Medicine.