Co-Director: Dr. Josef Ruzek, Ph.D.

Dr. Ruzek is the Director for Dissemination and Training at the National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where he has worked as an educator and researcher for over 25 years. His expertise and interests focus on cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD, early intervention to prevent development of PTSD and post-trauma problems, the dissemination/implementation of best practices in PTSD assessment and treatment, online intervention and training, and the roles of smartphone mobile health technology in improving PTSD care. In recent years, he has been working to develop and evaluate technology interventions for prevention and treatment of PTSD, including, a Congressionally-mandated site for returning Veterans and their families, and PTSD Coach, an educational smartphone app that is designed to assist individuals with PTSD in managing their acute distress and has been downloaded over 220,000 times in 94 countries. Dr. Ruzek has academic appointments at both Stanford University and Palo Alto University and is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and American Psychological Association.