3rd Edition

Handbook of PTSD
Science and Practice

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ISBN 9781462547074
August 13, 2021 Forthcoming by Guilford Press
684 Pages

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Book Description

Now in an extensively revised third edition with 65% new material, this is the authoritative reference on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Contributors examine the breadth of current knowledge on the mechanisms by which stressful events can alter psychological processes, brain function, and individual behavior. Risk and protective factors across development and in specific populations are explored. Reviewing the state of the science of assessment and treatment, the volume covers early intervention and evidence-based individual, couple/family, and group therapies. Conceptual and diagnostic issues are addressed and key questions for the next generation of researchers are identified.     New to This Edition *Thoroughly revised to reflect the accelerating pace of scientific and clinical progress; includes a range of new authors. *Chapters on new topics: treatment of PTSD with comorbid disorders, and postmortem brain banking. *New chapters on previously covered topics, including DSM-5 and ICD-11 diagnostic criteria, the psychoneurobiology of resilience, and challenges in implementing clinical best practices. *New or updated discussions of such timely issues as treatment of refugees, telemental health, and technology-based interventions. 



Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD, is Senior Advisor to the National Center for PTSD, where he served for 24 years as Executive Director; founder and Director of the National PTSD Brain Bank; and Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Friedman has worked as a clinician and researcher since the 1970s, and has approximately 350 publications, including 28 books. He is past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and past chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 and DSM-IV-TR PTSD Work Groups. He has served on numerous national research, education, and policy committees and has received many honors for his leadership and contributions to the field.   Paula P. Schnurr, PhD, is cofounder and Executive Director of the National Center for PTSD and Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Schnurr is editor of the Clinician's Trauma Update-Online, former editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. With over 250 publications, she has won a number of awards for her research and contributions to the field of traumatic stress studies. Her research focuses on the treatment of PTSD and the longitudinal study of the effects of traumatic exposure on physical and mental health.   Terence M. Keane, PhD, is Director of the Behavioral Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD, Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the VA Boston Healthcare System, and Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean for Research at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Keane is past president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and the Division of Trauma Psychology (Division 56) of the American Psychological Association. Currently, he is president of the American Psychological Foundation. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ISTSS, two honorary doctorates, the John Blair Barnwell Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and many other awards recognizing his research and scientific contributions to the field. 


"This is an extraordinary volume filled with nuanced and thoughtful discussions of recent advances in every facet of research on PTSD. The contributors are a veritable who’s who of leaders in basic and translational PTSD research. 'Must' reading for anyone interested in understanding the nosology, epidemiology, causes, consequences, or treatment of this important disorder."--Ronald C. Kessler, PhD, McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

"Handbook of PTSD, Second Edition, captures the state of the science of the field, cementing its place as the premier go-to reference. The volume starts from the foundations and includes comprehensive coverage of both science and practice. It is marked by its nuanced approach; contributors readily acknowledge controversies in the field and provide the reader with the evidence needed to inform reasoned discussion about open areas of debate. The book will be a tremendous asset to classes concerned with psychiatry, psychology, or the epidemiology of trauma and its consequences."--Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, Gelman Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

"Unequaled in scope, this impressive work offers a thorough account of what is known about PTSD. The second edition reflects enormous recent strides in such areas as neurocognitive alterations associated with PTSD, the dissociative subtype, genetics, childhood traumatic stress, and various forms of treatment. This book should be required reading for all trauma-oriented researchers, clinicians, and graduate students."--Onno van der Hart, PhD, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology (Emeritus), Utrecht University, The Netherlands

"I teach a senior capstone course in Trauma Psychology. The Handbook of PTSD offers a comprehensive overview of the scientific and clinical knowledge underlying trauma psychology that is quite readable, yet thoroughly referenced. When we discussed cutting back on various readings to provide more time for a thesis, my students asked to retain most of the assigned Handbook readings because they found them so useful and interesting! The contributors are top experts who provide fair treatment of controversial theories and clinical topics fairly. This is the only book I have found that provides the breadth and depth needed for the primary text for an upper-level undergraduate course in Trauma Psychology, and it would also be excellent for a graduate course."--Robert Whitney, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Temple University

"Once again, the Handbook meets its lofty goal of advancing our understanding of PTSD. This volume fully updates the field and is a cornucopia of synthesis, integration, and review of the cradle-to-grave issues involving PTSD. Comprehensive and authoritative, it should be kept within arms' reach of clinicians, researchers, and educators, and is an excellent text for a graduate course on traumatic stress."--Stevan E. Hobfoll, PhD, Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Rush University Medical Center

"The publication of this timely second edition responds to ongoing, extremely dynamic developments in the field. The book reflects the cutting edge of our scientific understanding of the neurobiology and psychology of trauma and its repercussions for humankind globally. Advances in telemental health technology are nicely covered, as are Internet-based interventions. I'll certainly keep recommending the Handbook as an essential reference for clinicians and researchers as well as a classroom text."--Ulrich Schnyder, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland