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Deborah Beidel, PhD

Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP is Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education and Director of UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida. UCF RESTORES is a clinical research center dedicated to changing how PTSD is understood, diagnosed, and treated. A leader in the area of traumatic stress, her use of virtual reality to treat PTSD has led to the development of treatments that are 2 to 3 times more effective than standard psychological interventions. She is the author of over 300 scientific publications including journal articles, book chapters, and books. Dr. Beidel has received over $31 million dollars in federal research funding throughout her career, developing effective treatments for anxiety and PTSD and then disseminating them into standard clinical practice. Finally, she consults regularly with state and federal governmental agencies as well as community organizations on how to deal with the aftermath of mass violence.

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