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At the ISTSS 2004 Awards Ceremony in November, Patricia Resick, PhD, received the Robert Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement. The award is given to an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to research in the field of traumatic stress studies.

Among the top clinical researchers in the field of psychological trauma, Resick developed and evaluated cognitive processing therapy (CPT), one of the central treatments for PTSD that possesses considerable evidence supporting its success in ameliorating PTSD symptoms. She has completed multiple treatment outcome studies on PTSD, including the longest follow-up of treatment for PTSD (five or more years).

Resick’s achievements are reflected in the many awards she has received, including the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity (University of Missouri-St. Louis), the President’s Award for Research and Creativity (University of Missouri System), the Career Achievement Award from Section VII of Division of Clinical Psychology in the American Psychological Association, and the Stephen Schafer Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Victims Assistance Field.

Resick is professor of psychiatry and psychology at Boston University and distinguished professor at the University of Missouri. She also is director of Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD. She was president of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT) in 2003– 2004 and a member of the ISTSS board of directors and Executive Committee, including serving as secretary and vice president. She is currently on the US Under Secretary for Health Special Committee on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Her articles on the topic of PTSD have appeared in more than 100 publications, and she has been consulting editor of numerous journals including JTS. She has received grants to support her research continually for the past 25 years. Resick serves an important role as an academic consultant for many key agencies, institutions and individuals, and she mentors many successful academic psychologists in the trauma field.