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, a clinical research center dedicated to changing the way that posttraumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is understood, diagnosed, and treated. Internationally recognized as a leader in the area of traumatic stress, her use of virtual reality to treat people suffering from PTSD has led to the development of treatments that are 2 to 3 times more effective than standard psychological treatments. Dr. Beidel is the author of over 300 scientific publications including journal articles, book chapters, and books on the treatment of anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. She 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. Her most recent work has involved leading a team of scientists and clinicians to develop a new virtual reality system that allows clinicians to more easily use virtual reality to treat veterans, active-duty personnel, first responders, and survivors of mass shootings with PTSD.

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