Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP is Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education and Director of UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical research at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Dr. Beidel holds Diplomates in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is the author of over 300 scientific publications including journal articles, book chapters and books on the treatment of anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Beidel is the Director of UCF RESTORES, a clinical research center dedicated to trauma and PTSD. She has been the recipient of over $31 million dollars in federal research funding throughout her career. Her recent work focuses on developing effective treatments for PTSD for veterans, active duty personnel, first responders and survivors of mass shootings, utilizing technology to enhance effective treatments into standard clinical practice. Currently, she is the principal investigator of a contract from the Joint Warfighters Advanced Development Group to conduct a randomized controlled trial of three interventions for the treatment of military PTSD in active duty military personnel – including intensive outpatient programs designed to treat PTSD in two or three weeks. She also recently received a another contract from the Department of Defense to develop a new virtual reality tool to allow clinicians to more easily design virtual reality scenarios for the treatment of veterans, active duty personnel, first responders, and survivors of mass shootings with PTSD.
Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D.
Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education and Director of UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida