Josef Ruzek, Ph.D.

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Josef Ruzek, Ph.D.

Technology Innovation Expert Consultant
Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience


Dr. Josef Ruzek retired as Director of the VA National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division in April 2018, after helping improve PTSD services in VA for over 26 years.  Dr. Ruzek is an adjunct Professor at Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Co-Director of the Center for m2 Health at Palo Alto University; and Technology Innovation Expert Consultant at the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience. He has been a member of the VHA Undersecretary's Special Committee on PTSD and served as psychotherapy champion for the joint VA-DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Traumatic Stress. He is a co-developer of several psychosocial interventions (Psychological First Aid; Skills for Psychological Recovery; InterPar; 2-session dyadic early intervention for recent trauma survivors). He is also a co-developer of many Internet and mobile phone interventions (e.g., My Disaster Recovery; PTSD Coach; PTSD Family Coach).

Research Interests

Dr. Ruzek specializes in early intervention to prevent the development of PTSD, development and evaluation of Internet- and smartphone-based interventions for trauma survivors, and dissemination of evidence-based best practices for prevention and treatment of PTSD.


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