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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 CarolinaMark B. Hamner, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston... 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 CenterPeter Tuerk, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in evidence-based treatments for Post-Traumatic... Read More →

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