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August 22, 2008

Ladies Home Journal Health Breakthrough Award Given to VA's Paula Schnurr, PhD

Paula Schnurr, PhD, deputy executive director for VA's National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), has received the third annual Ladies Home Journal "Health Breakthrough Award" for her work with PTSD and women veterans. The study, led by Schnurr for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), was the largest clinical trial of individual psychotherapy for PTSD ever conducted. The findings led to VA supporting a national training program in "prolonged-exposure therapy," which had not been previously in wide use. Schnurr was one of among four physicians and researchers chosen from a search of more than 80 medical organizations, medical schools, teaching hospitals, universities and government agencies. As one of the world's leading organizations in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD, VA is responsible for considerable groundbreaking achievements in this critical area of care. Dr. Schnurr has been serving veterans at VA for 19 years, and is responsible for program development, consultation on research projects, and strategic direction of the activities at the seven sites that make up the National Center for PTSD. She is also a funded VA HSR&D investigator, a research professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, as well as the editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. Schnurr will be featured in the August 2008 issue of the Ladies Home Journal, the fifth largest magazine in the country, with more than 13 million subscribers.

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