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Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program

Barbara O. Rothbaum, Ph.D., ABPP, Director

The Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program (TARP) offers clinical services and clinical 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.

Currently we are 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, 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, we are offering treatment options at no cost for PTSD for veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, or New Dawn as part of our BraveHeart Welcome Back Veterans Southeast initiative:

We are also recruiting for a research study for participants with a fear of flying. This is an 8 week treatment study using virtual reality exposure therapy.

If you or someone you know is interested in one of these studies, please call (404)712-8300 or email Robin Gross at

Researchers at TARP have begun a new collaboration to bring Star Behavioral Health Providers to Georgia. Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) is a resource for service members and their families to locate behavioral health professionals with specialized training in understanding and treating military service members and their families. Those listed in this registry have completed a series of trainings that are intended to make them better able to understand, assess and counsel members of the military.

If you are interested in SBHP, please contact Liza Zwiebach at or (404)727-8964.

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. Questions regarding this study may be directed to Loren Post.

Principal Investigator: Barbara Rothbaum, PhD
Phone: 404-712-8866

Therapist: Maryrose Gerardi, PhD
Phone: 404-712-9746

Manager, Program and Research: Paula Tate 

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

Clinical Care Coordinator: Liza Zwiebach
Phone: 404-727-8964

Postdoctoral Fellow: Lydia Odenat, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow: Loren Post, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow: Joy Beckwith, PhD, MPH 

Research Assistant: Kathryn Breazeale
Phone: 404-727-9179

Veteran Outreach Coordinator: Josh Jarrell