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Monday, September 18 • 9:15am - 10:30am
Pharmacological Augmentation of Evidence-Based Treatment for PTSD: Emerging Methods Toward the Individualization of Treatment Protocols

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This session will summarize recent efforts to enhance cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) with pharmacological agents as a backdrop to a more specific discussion related to increasing noradrenergic activity (with yohimbine, an alpha-2 adrenergic receptor antagonist), or decreasing it (with prazosin, an alpha-1 adrenergic antagonist) during prolonged exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder. The overarching aim is to use these 2 contrasting examples, in context with the literature, to highlight how current augmentation studies have applied specified research designs, methods, and objective measurement paradigms that have actionable impact for practitioners and researchers beyond study-specific findings. These studies are laying the long-awaited methodological foundations for individualizing treatments by discovering for whom, when, and under what circumstances evidence-based treatments will be effective. Mental health professionals should be able to synthesize evidence-informed pros and cons related to treatment choices for their patients. Moreover, although the rapidly expanding literature base related to CBT treatment augmentation with pharmacotherapy can be specialized, especially in translational extinction learning contexts, the methods and outcomes of many of these studies are relevant to a general audience of practitioners and to their patients.

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Mark Hamner, MD

Professor, Medical University of South Carolina; Medical Director, PTSD Clinic, VA Medical Center, Charleston, South Carolina | | Mark B. Hamner, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Hamner is also the Medical Director of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT) at the Ralph H. Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Charleston. Dr. Hamner received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, where he also completed his internship and residency in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hamner is board-certified in Psychiatry with added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry. He is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association (fellow status), American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, and others. Dr. Hamner is also an active member on many boards and committees, and has served in numerous administrative leadership roles. Dr. Hamner has a keen interest in the ethics of clinical care and research as reflected by his longstanding service on Institutional Review Boards including his current role as Chair of IRB1 at MUSC. His clinical and research interests include treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood disorders, schizophrenia, neurobiology of PTSD, phenomenology of co-morbidities in PTSD, and neuroendocrinology. Dr. Hamner has lectured extensively on various topics in clinical psychiatry and has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, research abstracts, and book or encyclopedia chapters. In addition, he has been the recipient of approximately 80 clinical trial or basic clinical science... Read More →
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Peter Tuerk, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral  Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina; Director, PTSD Clinical and Telehealth Team, Charleston, VA Medical Center | | Peter Tuerk, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in evidence-based treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), associated research and training, and the integration of technology into clinical care. Dr. Tuerk earned his doctorate at the University of Virginia and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. He serves as Section Chief of the PTSD Clinical and Telehealth Teams at the Charleston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a nationally recognized program for expanding access to evidence-based PTSD care via clinical training, telehealth service development, and proactive ongoing program evaluation. Dr. Tuerk has served as a Primary Investigator on Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Institutes of Health research awards, focusing on improving evidence-based behavioral care in standard treatment settings. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, chapters, and government reports related to mental health care delivery. He chaired the VA National Strategy Taskforce for PTSD Telehealth and is editor of... Read More →

Monday September 18, 2017 9:15am - 10:30am
Hall E-2 The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 900 Convention Center Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70130