Resick, Patricia, PhD

Director, Women's Health Sciences Division, National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System
Professor of Psychiatry & Psychology, Boston University


Patricia A. Resick, Ph.D. is the Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System. She is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Boston University. Dr. Resick received her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Over her career, she also served on the faculties of the University of South Dakota, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she held an endowed professorship.

Dr. Resick has received grants from NIH, NIJ, CDC, SAMHSA, VA and DoD to provide services and conduct research on the effects of traumatic events, particularly on women, and to develop and test therapeutic interventions for PTSD. Specifically, she developed and tested Cognitive Processing Therapy, an effective short term treatment for PTSD and corollary symptoms. She has published four books and 175 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Resick has served on the editorial boards of eight scientific journals; has served on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for nine years including terms as Secretary, Vice-President, and President (2009). She has been a Board Member for the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (now ABCT) for two terms. She served as President during 2003-2004. 

Dr. Resick has received numerous awards for her research, including the Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in the Field of PTSD from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the 2009 Leadership Award by the Association for VA Psychologist Leaders. Since 2006 she has been leading a national VA initiative to disseminate Cognitive Processing Therapy throughout the country and she is currently conducting a large clinical trial at Ft. Hood, Texas. She is also currently on two subcommittees for the DSM-V and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.