The International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) recently honored Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) faculty members Matthew J. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., and Paula P. Schnurr, Ph.D., for their work as co-founders of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Friedman, a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology & toxicology and executive director of the national center at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in White River Junction, Vt., received the society's Public Advocacy Award for outstanding and fundamental contributions to advancing social understanding of trauma.
The ISTSS honored Schnurr, a research professor of psychiatry and the center's deputy executive director, with its Robert S. Laufer Award for outstanding scientific achievement. The society presented the awards during its recent annual conference in Atlanta.
In 2008, Schnurr had won a Health Breakthrough Award from the Ladies Home Journal for leading the VA's first psychotherapy trial of prolonged exposure focusing exclusively on female veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan…