Living with Post Traumatic Stress
June is PTSD Awareness Month, and all are invited to join us for a three-part workshop series with Dr. Lisa-Ann Cuccurullo and Dr. Rebecca Matteo who will help us explore signs and symptoms, a variety of treatment options, and strategies for living a more fulfilling life with PTSD.
Post Traumatic Stress is among the top 10 certified conditions among survivors and responders in the World Trade Center Health Program and is on the rise due to the frequency of tragedy around the world. In this series, participants will come away with a better understanding of the diagnosis, thoughts on treatment, and what it means to live with this complex condition. The series will be equally informative for those who know and support individuals coping with PTSD.
- Describe what clinical trauma is
- Recognize the symptoms of PTSD
- Identify and find resources related to PTSD on the NCPTSD website
PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but for some people they may not appear until months or years later. They also may come and go over many years. If the symptoms last longer than four weeks, cause you great distress, or interfere with your work or home life, you might have PTSD. This talk will focus on understanding clinical trauma, understanding the symptoms of PTSD and how they present in everyday life and where people can find educational resources to further their knowledge about PTSD.
Lisa-Ann Cuccurullo, PsyD
Lisa-Ann Cuccurullo is a clinical psychologist whose current work is focused on facilitating the use of empirically supported treatments by clinicians treating veterans in rural areas. Her clinical work has focused on cognitive behavioral treatments for PTSD and other post-trauma related symptoms. She is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy and is a consultant in the VA's national rollout of Prolonged Exposure.
Prior to her position at the National Center for PTSD, she was the Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator and Assistant Director of Psychology Clinical Training at the Southeast Louisiana Veteran's Health Care System, and a clinical instructor at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Cuccurullo's current research interests focus on implementation of empirically supported treatments and posttraumatic symptom presentation. Dr. Cuccurullo received her doctorate in clinical psychology from La Salle University and completed her clinical internship and a PTSD focused fellowship at the Southeast Louisiana Veteran's Health Care System.
Dr. Rebecca Matteo
Dr. Rebecca Matteo is a health science specialist and web content manager for VA’s National Center for PTSD, Executive Division. Her primary role includes the creation and maintenance of educational materials and products for Veterans, mental health providers and the general public, which are largely disseminated via the Center’s website. She is a key contributor to the Center’s annual PTSD Awareness Month campaign and is engaged in plain language and mental health literacy efforts.
Rebecca also serves on the Transparency, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (TIDE) committee at the Executive Division, as well the Data and Diversity work group and Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) Consultation Program within VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Rebecca received her PhD in medical sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborates with Center investigators on research projects that focus on social determinants of health as related to trauma, PTSD and functional outcomes.