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Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program

Barbara Rothbaum, PhD, ABPP, Director

The Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program (TARP) is a subsidiary of the Emory Veterans Program and offers clinical and research services to individuals suffering from various anxiety disorders, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and other anxiety-related problems.

TARP is enrolling current and former military service members in a treatment study to help people who are suffering from PTSD due to military sexual trauma (MST). Symptoms of PTSD can include unwanted memories, nightmares, nervousness, difficulty concentrating, jumpiness, anger, irritability and/or sleep problems. This clinical trial does not involve any medications.

We are also recruiting participants for a research study investigating virtual reality exposure therapy in combination with medication as treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We are interested in talking with veterans who served in Operation Iraqi, Enduring Freedom, or New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND), and who are currently suffering with anxiety related to military service. Interested individuals will be evaluated at a screening visit where a diagnostic interview and rating scales will be conducted to determine eligibility. A six to twelve week treatment period will be followed by a post-treatment assessment.

Additionally, as part of a consortium funded by the Wounded Warrior Project, we are offering treatment options at no cost to OEF/OIF/OND veterans dealing with the invisible wounds of war. Veterans eligible for treatment can also participate in a clinical research protocol. The study aims to identify genetic markers that influence the development of PTSD and other related mental health issues. DNA, RNA, and protein samples will be collected before and after treatment.

In collaboration with Kerry Ressler and the Grady Trauma Project, TARP researchers have begun a study called Optimal Dosing of an Early Intervention for PTSD. The overall aim of this study is to determine the optimal dose, 3-session exposure intervention versus 1-session exposure intervention compared to no treatment, for the delivery of exposure therapy in the immediate aftermath of trauma for preventing the development of posttraumatic stress disorder. Participants will be recruited from the Marcus Trauma Center at Grady Memorial Hospital.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the program, please call (888) 514-5345.

Director: Barbara Rothbaum, PhD, ABPP
Phone: 404-778-7798

Assistant Professor: Liza Zwiebach, PhD
Phone: 404-727-8964

Assistant Professor: Loren Post, PhD
Phone: 404-727-3688

Assistant Professor: Brittany Lannert
Phone: 404-778-4872

Postdoctoral Fellow: Laura Loucks, PhD
Phone: 404-727-9788

Postdoctoral Fellow: Devika Fiorillo, PhD

Clinical Coordinator: Robin Gross
Phone: 404-727-3662

Research Associate: Zehra Khan, MD
Phone: 404-712-2013

Database Coordinator: Kathryn Breazeale

Research Interviewer: Sae-Jin Kim
Phone: 404-727-6786

Veteran Outreach Coordinator: Deramichaeleous Daniels
Phone: 404-778-0256