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Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University; Director of the Trauma & PTSD Program, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Dr. Neria is a clinical psychologist, originally from Israel. His research has been focused on the mental health consequences of exposure to extreme traumatic events, with a particular focus on trauma survivors such as war veterans and people exposed to disasters and terrorism. Currently his group at Columbia is studying biomarkers of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), by using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to identify brain circuits underlying posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and to probe for the first time neural pathways of symptomatic improvement in response to PTSD treatments. Dr. Neria has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters in the area of trauma and PTSD, and edited three text books, including “9/11: mental health in the wake of terrorist attacks” (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and “The Mental Health Consequences of Disasters” (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He is the 2007 recipient of the Klerman NARSAD Award for outstanding Clinical Research, Honorable Mention.