Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental health condition that can be diagnosed on veterans who have been exposed to traumatic events. PTSD not only has negative physical symptoms, but it also compromises veterans’ chances of living a productive live. Efforts to find effective treatments for PTSD has led to the development of a few form of therapies, including Prolonged Exposure(PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) which have received special attention for military related PTSD. After more than 20 years of research, it has been proven that CPT and PE are the best treatments of choice for PTSD. However, no research has looked at which of the two treatments is more appropriate by gender, chronicity, and race/ethnicity. Answer to this question is crucial not only to find the best treatment matching but also to assist in finding treatments that improve treatment outcomes. Research Question: Which treatment modality, CPT or PE, may be more effective for treatment of veterans diagnosed with PTSD based upon their gender, race/ethnicity, and/or chronicity of the disorder?


Nancy M. Fitzsimons

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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