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Patricia A. Resick

Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences
DUMC 104426, Durham, NC 27710
2400 Pratt Street, Room 7001, DUMC Box 102508, Durham, NC 27710


Patricia A. Resick, Ph.D., ABPP is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke 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, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she held an endowed professorship, and Boston University.  For a decade Dr. Resick was the Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System.  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 (CPT), an effective short term treatment for PTSD and corollary symptoms. She has published nine books and over 250 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Resick has served on the editorial boards of nine scientific journals and was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She 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 was 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 the 2009 Leadership Award by the Association for VA Psychologist Leaders, the 2012 Outstanding Contributions by an Individual for Educational/Training Activities Presented by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and in 2013, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Division 56 of APA.  Since 2006 she has been a leader of a national VA initiative to disseminate Cognitive Processing Therapy throughout the VA system and is currently working on five clinical trials in San Antonio and Ft. Hood, Texas, one at Duke, a large cooperative study in VA comparing CPT with PE, and consulting on several grants overseas.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences · 2023 - Present Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Georgia · 1976 Ph.D.