Josef I. Ruzek, PhD

Director, National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division, Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, USA

Dr. Joe Ruzek is Director of the Dissemination and Training Division of the U.S. Veterans Health Administration National Center for PTSD located in Palo Alto, California, and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is also co-Director of the m2 Institute at Palo Alto University in Silicon Valley, where he is developing eCourage, a nonprofit organization seeking to bring mental health technologies to trauma survivors, globally.  Dr. Ruzek specializes development and evaluation of mobile and web interventions for post-traumatic stress-related problems; early intervention to prevent the development of PTSD; development and evaluation of online training for mental health providers; and dissemination and implementation of best practices in trauma-related behavioral health care. His team at the National Center for PTSD has created a large portfolio of phone-based mental health apps, including the award-winning PTSD Coach.  Dr. Ruzek has also collaborated to develop a set of My Trauma Recovery web interventions for trauma, and the afterdeployment.org website for returning Iraq and Afghanistan military personnel.  He has edited two editions of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Trauma as well as Caring for Veterans with Deployment-Related Stress Disorders: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Beyond and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University.