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Renowned PTSD expert to speak at UNG on April 2

Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, a professor and director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at the Emory University School of Medicine, will speak about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) April 2 at the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Dahlonega Campus as part of the university's 17th annual Hoag Lecture Series.

The lecture, "Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: From Pharmacotherapy to Virtual Reality," begins at 7 p.m. in the Hoag Auditorium and is open to all UNG faculty, staff and students. Rothbaum is a pioneer in the application of virtual reality to the treatment of psychological disorders, and is a consultant to the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of Defense. She has presented to the Committee on Veterans Affairs of the House of Representatives in Washington.

Rothbaum, who specializes in the treatment of PTSD, is associate vice chair of clinical research and a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory School of Medicine. She serves on the Pentagon's Blue Ribbon Panel for the Institute of Medicine's Study on the Assessment of Ongoing Effects in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Scientific Advisory Board of Directors for Anxiety Disorders.

Rothbaum has published five books and authored more than 200 scientific papers and chapters about PTSD and is also the current associate editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Her current National Institute of Mental Health grants focus on treating chronic PTSD in Iraq veterans using virtual reality exposure therapy combined with medication, trying to prevent the development of PTSD in emergency room patients, and treating PTSD in females.

Rothbaum earned her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduate degrees at the University of Georgia. She received training in clinical psychology at UGA and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in England. She is a member of numerous national and international committees.

In addition to the lecture, a reception for Rothbaum will be held in the Dining Hall banquet room from 4:15-5:15; the reception is open to all faculty, staff and students.

The Hoag Lecture Series is named for former university President Merritt Eldred Hoag, who led then-North Georgia College from 1949 to 1970, and supported by funds from the Hoag family. The series aims to reflect Hoag's education philosophy that higher education should educate students beyond the traditional classroom environment, and enable them to develop intellectual fullness by encouraging learning in a variety of disciplines.

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