Yale School of MedicineResearch focus: Traumatic stress, older adults, and the dissemination of evidence-based treatments
Dr. Joan Cook is an Associate Professor at Yale School of Medicine with nearly 100 publications. Her research has focused largely on three areas: traumatic stress, older adults, and the dissemination of evidence-based treatments, often through studying their intersection. For example, much of her research is on older adult trauma survivors or on the dissemination of psychotherapies for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Dr. Cook has served as the principal investigator on six federal grants: four from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and one from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Three of Dr. Cook’s NIMH grants focused on the implementation of evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD. Although the scientific literature on trauma is large and growing, most mental health care providers only have a cursory knowledge of trauma and do not apply evidence-informed treatments consistently, if at all. Dr. Cook’s research has focused on understanding the perspective of front-line providers, including the barriers and facilitators to their use of various treatments as well as what influences them to adopt new practices. Her research is generating empirically-based recommendations on how to overcome obstacles to using effective treatments in routine clinical practice.
For the past two years, Dr. Cook has been disseminating psychological science to a public audience. She’s written over 40 op-eds for outlets such as CNN, USA Today, and become a regular contributor to Time. Her pieces range from why people react to terrorism news differently to sexual assault on college campuses. Visit Dr. Cook’s website.
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