Director, Dissemination and Training Division, National Center for PTSD, Department of Veterans Affairs
Josef I. Ruzek, Ph.D, is Director of the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where he has served for over 25 years. He is coeditor of two editions of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Trauma, and a co-editor of Caring for veterans with deployment-related stress disorders: Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond, published by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Ruzek is a member of the team that developed the joint Veterans Affairs–Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guidelines for Management of Traumatic Stress, and has been a lead for the national implementation of Prolonged Exposure evidence-based PTSD treatment within VHA. Hiscurrent research focuses on evaluations of the effectiveness of online clinician training in cognitive-behavioral intervention skills, measurement of clinician practices in relation to the VA- DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD, development of systems to increase implementation of best practices in PTSD treatment, and development and evaluation of web- and phone app interventions for PTSD, including PTSD Coach.