Specialties

Psychology

At a Glance

  • 1986 Started practicing
  • 32 Years experience
  • 1 OFFICE LOCATION
  • 1 HOSPITAL AFFILIATION

About Dr. Rothbaum

Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research at the Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is the Executive Director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program and Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program. She holds the Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology.  

Dr. Rothbaum specializes in research on the treatment of individuals with anxiety disorders, particularly focusing on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as pioneering the application of virtual reality to the treatment of psychological disorders. She has authored over 300 scientific papers and chapters, including five published books on the treatment of PTSD. She has edited three other books on anxiety. 

Dr. Rothbaum received the Diplomate in Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is a former President of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and received the Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from ISTSS. Currently, Dr. Rothbaum is on the Scientific Advisory Boards for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA),  the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), and McLean Hospital, as well as serving on the Executive Committee of the Warrior Care Network. She is a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and American Psychological Association’s Division 56 (Division of Trauma Psychology).  In 2010, Dr. Rothbaum, along with her collaborating team, was honored by Division 56 with the “Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology.” She served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Study on Assessment of Ongoing Efforts in the Treatment of PTSD. 

Dr. Rothbaum’s outreach efforts include training community clinicians in evidence-based treatment for PTSD. The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program is a member of the Warrior Care Network, funded by the Wounded Warrior Project, and is able to provide world-class treatment to post 9/11 Veterans from around the country at no cost to the Veteran.

My Clinical Interests

  • anxiety
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • post traumatic stress disorder
  • virtual reality therapy

Academic Profile

Training

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

RESIDENCY

Middlesex College of Medicine & Surgery, London, UK

Professional Memberships

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

American Psychological Association

Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy

International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies

Honors & Awards

Award for Distinguished Publication of Psychotherapy Research
American Psychological Association Division 29

Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology
American Psychological Association (APA), Division of Trauma Psychology

Major Publications

Rothbaum, B.O., Price, M., Jovanovic, T., Norrholm, S., Gerardi, M., Dunlop, B., Davis, M., Bradley, B., Duncan, E.J., Rizzo, A., Ressler, K. (2014). A Randomized, Double-blind Evaluation of D-Cycloserine or Alprazolam Combined with Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in OEF/OIF War Veterans. American Journal of Psychiatry, 171(6). 640-648. PMID: 24743802

Rothbaum, B. O., Kearns, M. C.; Reiser, E.; Davis, J.; Kerley, K. A.; Rothbaum, A. O., Mercer, K. B.;  Price, M.;  Houry, D.; & Ressler, K. J. (2014). Early Intervention following Trauma Mitigates genetic Risk for PTSD in Civilians: A Prospective, Emergency Department Study. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 75, 1380–138. PMID: 25188543

Rothbaum, B.O., Kearns, M.C. Price, M. Malcoun, E., Davis, M., Ressler, K.J., Lang, D., & Houry, D. (2012). Early Intervention May Prevent the Development of PTSD: A Pilot Civilian Study with Modified Prolonged Exposure. Biological Psychiatry, 72, 957-963. PMID: 22766415

Locations & Appointments

1 Office Location(s)

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Emory Brain Health Center

Emory Clinic at Executive Park
12 Executive Park Dr NE
Fl 3
Atlanta, GA 30329
  • 888-514-5345
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1 Hospital Affiliation(s)

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Emory University Hospital

1364 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
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Academic Profile

Training

MEDICAL SCHOOL

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

RESIDENCY

Middlesex College of Medicine & Surgery, London, UK

Professional Memberships

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

American Psychological Association

Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy

International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies

Honors & Awards

Award for Distinguished Publication of Psychotherapy Research
American Psychological Association Division 29

Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology
American Psychological Association (APA), Division of Trauma Psychology

Major Publications

Rothbaum, B.O., Price, M., Jovanovic, T., Norrholm, S., Gerardi, M., Dunlop, B., Davis, M., Bradley, B., Duncan, E.J., Rizzo, A., Ressler, K. (2014). A Randomized, Double-blind Evaluation of D-Cycloserine or Alprazolam Combined with Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in OEF/OIF War Veterans. American Journal of Psychiatry, 171(6). 640-648. PMID: 24743802

Rothbaum, B. O., Kearns, M. C.; Reiser, E.; Davis, J.; Kerley, K. A.; Rothbaum, A. O., Mercer, K. B.;  Price, M.;  Houry, D.; & Ressler, K. J. (2014). Early Intervention following Trauma Mitigates genetic Risk for PTSD in Civilians: A Prospective, Emergency Department Study. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 75, 1380–138. PMID: 25188543

Rothbaum, B.O., Kearns, M.C. Price, M. Malcoun, E., Davis, M., Ressler, K.J., Lang, D., & Houry, D. (2012). Early Intervention May Prevent the Development of PTSD: A Pilot Civilian Study with Modified Prolonged Exposure. Biological Psychiatry, 72, 957-963. PMID: 22766415