Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, PhD

Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, PhD

 Role: Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory School of Medicine; Director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program, Emory University


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder | Trauma | Treatment | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Translational Research

Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Ph.D. is a professor in psychiatry at the Emory School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory.  Dr. Rothbaum specializes in research on the treatment of individuals with anxiety disorders, particularly focusing on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Rothbaum has won both state and national awards for her research, is an invited speaker internationally, authors scientific papers and chapters, has published four books on the treatment of PTSD and edited two others on anxiety, and received the Diplomate in Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

She is a past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), is currently on the Scientific Advisory Boards for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) and the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (OCF), and is a pioneer in the application of virtual reality to the treatment of psychological disorders. Her current NIMH grants focus on treating chronic PTSD in Iraq veterans using virtual reality exposure therapy combined with medication (d-cycloserine, alprazolam, or placebo) and trying to prevent the development of PTSD in female rape victims.