Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment in Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

Dec. 4, 2015; 12-1:15 p.m. (ET)

Location: Online participation via Adobe Connect



While the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the veteran population presents a significant individual, societal and health care concern, evidence-based interventions exist, and are strongly recommended by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and Defense Department. Notably, incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is also high in this population, which results in a comorbid clinical presentation that may call for unique treatment. As such, it’s critical to examine whether TBI status impacts the efficacy of gold standard PTSD treatments (Cognitive Processing Therapy [CPT] and Prolonged Exposure [PE] therapy) widely used within the VA system.

This presentation will review the literature that has examined the impact of TBI history on the feasibility and effectiveness of PTSD treatment. Findings from a recent research study that examined the effectiveness of PE and CPT in a sample of veterans with and without history of TBI will also be described.

At the conclusion of this educational program, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between TBI and PTSD
  • Describe cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure therapy
  • Explain the impact of TBI on PTSD treatment outcomes


Sarah C. Voss Horrell, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist Program RISE coordinator Center for Traumatic Stress Salem VA Medical Center Salem, Virginia
Katie Ragsdale, Ph.D.
PTSD Postdoctoral Fellow Salem VA Medical Center Salem, Virginia


Sherray L. Holland, PA-C
TBI Clinical Educator, Division of Education Contract support to Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Silver Spring, Maryland

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