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PTSD: National Center for PTSD

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Mission and Overview


Mission and Overview

The National Center for PTSD was developed with the ultimate purpose of improving the well-being, status and understanding of Veterans in American society.


The mission of the National Center for PTSD is to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's Veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education and training in the science, diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.


The National Center has emerged as the world's leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD. Its vision is to be the foremost leader in information on PTSD and trauma; information generated internally through its extensive research program, and information synthesized from published scientific research and collective clinical experience that is efficiently disseminated to the field.

The Center is organized to facilitate rapid translation of science into practice, ensuring that the latest research findings inform clinical care; and translation of practice into science, and ensuring that questions raised by clinical challenges are addressed using rigorous experimental protocols.

By drawing on the specific expertise vested at each separate division (behavioral, neuroscientific, etc.), the National Center provides a unique infrastructure within which to implement multidisciplinary initiatives regarding the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The National Center for PTSD commits to being a leader in fairness and justice in research, training and education about trauma and PTSD. We recognize the negative impact disparity and systemic inequality have on well-being and mental health. To help end these disparities, we must address our own biases and prioritize equity and justice. All our work aims to reflect the broad diversity of the populations we serve. By embracing these values, we intend to provide better service to those who experience traumatic events, including those from marginalized groups with higher rates of trauma exposure.

PTSD Information Voice Mail: (802) 296-6300
Also see: VA Mental Health