JoAnn Difede

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Affiliation: Cornell University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Virtual reality exposure therapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder following September 11, 2001
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY 10021, USA
    J Clin Psychiatry 68:1639-47. 2007
  2. doi request reprint Evidence-based treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York 10065 email
    Annu Rev Med 65:319-32. 2014
  3. doi request reprint Treatments for common psychiatric conditions among adults during acute, rehabilitation, and reintegration phases
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York 10065, USA
    Int Rev Psychiatry 21:559-69. 2009
  4. ncbi request reprint A randomized controlled clinical treatment trial for World Trade Center attack-related PTSD in disaster workers
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York 10021, USA
    J Nerv Ment Dis 195:861-5. 2007
  5. doi request reprint Psychiatric and neurologic aspects of war: an overview and perspective
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York 10065, USA
    Ann N Y Acad Sci 1208:1-9. 2010
  6. ncbi request reprint The application of virtual reality to the treatment of PTSD following the WTC attack
    JoAnn Difede
    Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 525 East 68th Street, Box 200, New York, NY 10021, USA
    Ann N Y Acad Sci 1071:500-1. 2006
  7. ncbi request reprint Innovative use of virtual reality technology in the treatment of PTSD in the aftermath of September 11
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York 10021, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 53:1083-5. 2002
  8. ncbi request reprint Acute stress disorder after burn injury: a predictor of posttraumatic stress disorder?
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry and William Randolph Hearst Burn Center, The New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 10021, USA
    Psychosom Med 64:826-34. 2002
  9. ncbi request reprint Virtual reality exposure therapy for World Trade Center Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: a case report
    JoAnn Difede
    Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York, USA
    Cyberpsychol Behav 5:529-35. 2002
  10. doi request reprint House calls revisited: leveraging technology to overcome obstacles to veteran psychiatric care and improve treatment outcomes
    Megan Olden
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York 10065, USA
    Ann N Y Acad Sci 1208:133-41. 2010

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Publications30

  1. ncbi request reprint Virtual reality exposure therapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder following September 11, 2001
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY 10021, USA
    J Clin Psychiatry 68:1639-47. 2007
    ..This preliminary study endeavored to evaluate the use of virtual reality (VR) enhanced exposure therapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) consequent to the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001...
  2. doi request reprint Evidence-based treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York 10065 email
    Annu Rev Med 65:319-32. 2014
    ..Recent studies in the field are discussed with a focus on pharmacotherapies, psychotherapies, and combined treatments. ..
  3. doi request reprint Treatments for common psychiatric conditions among adults during acute, rehabilitation, and reintegration phases
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York 10065, USA
    Int Rev Psychiatry 21:559-69. 2009
    ..This article will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and MDD consequent to burn trauma, as these are the major psychiatric outcomes, addressing the attendant psychosocial problems as threads in this post-trauma tapestry...
  4. ncbi request reprint A randomized controlled clinical treatment trial for World Trade Center attack-related PTSD in disaster workers
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York 10021, USA
    J Nerv Ment Dis 195:861-5. 2007
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  5. doi request reprint Psychiatric and neurologic aspects of war: an overview and perspective
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York 10065, USA
    Ann N Y Acad Sci 1208:1-9. 2010
    ..At the macro level, new approaches toward understanding the political, cultural, and ideological contexts of mass conflict, the decision to join in violence, and ways of preventing genocide are discussed...
  6. ncbi request reprint The application of virtual reality to the treatment of PTSD following the WTC attack
    JoAnn Difede
    Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 525 East 68th Street, Box 200, New York, NY 10021, USA
    Ann N Y Acad Sci 1071:500-1. 2006
    ..Our preliminary data suggests that VR is an effective tool for enhancing exposure therapy for both civilians and disaster workers who suffer from PTSD...
  7. ncbi request reprint Innovative use of virtual reality technology in the treatment of PTSD in the aftermath of September 11
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York 10021, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 53:1083-5. 2002
  8. ncbi request reprint Acute stress disorder after burn injury: a predictor of posttraumatic stress disorder?
    JoAnn Difede
    Department of Psychiatry and William Randolph Hearst Burn Center, The New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 10021, USA
    Psychosom Med 64:826-34. 2002
    ..The principal goals of this study were to determine whether ASD predicted chronic PTSD and whether dissociation is more characteristic of the acute-trauma period than PTSD symptoms...
  9. ncbi request reprint Virtual reality exposure therapy for World Trade Center Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: a case report
    JoAnn Difede
    Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York, USA
    Cyberpsychol Behav 5:529-35. 2002
    ..This study may be examined in more detail at www.vrpain.com...
  10. doi request reprint House calls revisited: leveraging technology to overcome obstacles to veteran psychiatric care and improve treatment outcomes
    Megan Olden
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York 10065, USA
    Ann N Y Acad Sci 1208:133-41. 2010
    ..The use of these innovative and creative vehicles offers a significant and as yet unfulfilled promise to expand delivery of high-quality psychological therapies, regardless of clinician and patient location...
  11. doi request reprint Disability and posttraumatic stress disorder in disaster relief workers responding to September 11, 2001 World Trade Center disaster
    Susan Evans
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY 10065, USA
    J Clin Psychol 65:684-94. 2009
    ..Careful screening of PTSD and social/occupational functioning in DRWs following a disaster is warranted so that early treatment can be undertaken to prevent a chronic and disabling course...
  12. doi request reprint Anger and posttraumatic stress disorder in disaster relief workers exposed to the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center disaster: one-year follow-up study
    Nimali Jayasinghe
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York 10065, USA
    J Nerv Ment Dis 196:844-6. 2008
    ..One implication is that disaster workers with high anger may benefit from early intervention to prevent chronic PTSD...
  13. doi request reprint Prevalence and predictors of posttraumatic stress symptoms in utility workers deployed to the World Trade Center following the attacks of September 11, 2001
    Judith Cukor
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, 525 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065, USA
    Depress Anxiety 28:210-7. 2011
    ..The goal of this study was to assess the prevalence and predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related symptoms in a population of utility workers deployed to the World Trade Center (WTC) site in the aftermath of 9/11...
  14. ncbi request reprint Incidence of male childhood sexual abuse and psychological sequelae in disaster workers exposed to a terrorist attack
    Pam Leck
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, New York, NY, USA
    Int J Emerg Ment Health 8:267-74. 2006
    ..low) on the BDI and CAPS. Since disaster workers traditionally summon images of strength and mastery, professionals may overlook CSA and symptoms of depression and PTSD in this population...
  15. ncbi request reprint Predictors of responses to psychotherapy referral of WTC utility disaster workers
    Nimali Jayasinghe
    Weill Medical College, New York, NY 10021, USA
    J Trauma Stress 19:307-12. 2006
    ..Implications and limitations of these findings are discussed...
  16. doi request reprint Evidence-based treatments for PTSD, new directions, and special challenges
    Judith Cukor
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York 10065, USA
    Ann N Y Acad Sci 1208:82-9. 2010
    ..It further offers a brief summary of promising treatments with a developing evidence base, encompassing both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. Finally, challenges to the treatment of PTSD are summarized and future directions suggested...
  17. doi request reprint The longitudinal course of PTSD among disaster workers deployed to the World Trade Center following the attacks of September 11th
    Judith Cukor
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10065, USA
    J Trauma Stress 24:506-14. 2011
    ..80, 95% CI [1.17, 6.71]); and extent of occupational exposure (OR = 1.31, 95% CI [1.13, 1.51]). The implications of the findings for both screening and treatment of disaster workers are discussed...
  18. ncbi request reprint Are male disaster workers with Vietnam military service at greater risk for ptsd than peers without combat history?
    Nimali Jayasinghe
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, USA
    J Nerv Ment Dis 194:859-63. 2006
    ..It should be noted that veterans in this sample, unlike in many studies, were in the workforce. Research with different veteran groups is warranted to clarify further the relation of combat experience and symptoms in disaster workers...
  19. doi request reprint Relationships between memory inconsistency for traumatic events following 9/11 and PTSD in disaster restoration workers
    Cezar Giosan
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, USA
    J Anxiety Disord 23:557-61. 2009
    ..It was also shown that, of all the exposure variables targeted, memory of the perception of life threat and of seeing human remains were differentially associated with PTSD symptoms. Implications of the results are also discussed...
  20. doi request reprint Emerging treatments for PTSD
    Judith Cukor
    Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10065, USA
    Clin Psychol Rev 29:715-26. 2009
    ..Special emphasis is given to the description of virtual reality and D-cycloserine as enhancements to prolonged exposure therapy...
  21. ncbi request reprint Anger and its association to distress and social/occupational functioning in symptomatic disaster relief workers responding to the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center disaster
    Susan Evans
    Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 525 East 68th Street, Box 147, New York, NY 10021, USA
    J Trauma Stress 19:147-52. 2006
    ..Careful assessment of anger in DRWs exposed to traumatic events is warranted as well as longitudinal studies to further understand the relationship between anger and PTSD...
  22. doi request reprint D-cycloserine augmentation of exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder: a pilot randomized clinical trial
    JoAnn Difede
    1 Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA 2 NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, USA
    Neuropsychopharmacology 39:1052-8. 2014
    ..Patients in the VRE-DCS group showed earlier and greater improvement in PTSD symptoms compared with the VRE-placebo group. These results suggest a promising new treatment for PTSD. ..
  23. doi request reprint The nature and course of subthreshold PTSD
    Judith Cukor
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Department of Psychiatry, 525 East 68th Street, Box 200, New York, NY 10065, USA
    J Anxiety Disord 24:918-23. 2010
    ..The study lends credence to the clinical significance of subthreshold PTSD and emphasizes that associated impairment may be significant and longstanding. It also confirms clinical differences between subthreshold and full PTSD...
  24. doi request reprint Numbing symptoms as predictors of unremitting posttraumatic stress disorder
    Loretta S Malta
    Weill Medical College of Cornell Department of Psychiatry, New York, NY 10065, United States
    J Anxiety Disord 23:223-9. 2009
    ..Findings suggest that numbing symptom severity could be used as a risk index of very chronic PTSD, especially when the overall PTSD severity falls in the moderate range...
  25. ncbi request reprint Predictors of treatment utilization in world trade center attack disaster workers: role of race/ethnicity and symptom severity
    Nimali Jayasinghe
    Department of Psychiatry Weill Medical College Cornell University NewYork, NY, USA
    Int J Emerg Ment Health 7:91-9. 2005
    ..Implications for outreach and referral are discussed...
  26. ncbi request reprint Hypnotizability and trauma symptoms after burn injury
    Katherine N DuHamel
    Ruttenberg Cancer Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 10029 6574, USA
    Int J Clin Exp Hypn 50:33-50. 2002
    ....
  27. pmc Variant brain-derived neurotrophic factor Val66Met endophenotypes: implications for posttraumatic stress disorder
    Helena Frielingsdorf
    The Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York 10065, USA
    Ann N Y Acad Sci 1208:150-7. 2010
    ..The aim of this paper is to review the available knowledge on the BDNF Val66Met SNP, with emphasis on anxiety- and fear-related endophenotypes and its potential implications for PTSD...
  28. ncbi request reprint Confirmatory factor analysis of the PTSD Checklist and the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale in disaster workers exposed to the World Trade Center Ground Zero
    Patrick A Palmieri
    Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress and Department of Psychiatry, St Thomas Hospital, Summa Health System, Akron, OH 44310, USA
    J Abnorm Psychol 116:329-41. 2007
    ..Patterns of correlations with external variables provided additional support for the dysphoria model. Implications regarding the underlying structure of PTSD are discussed...
  29. ncbi request reprint The relationship of attribution of responsibility to acute stress disorder among hospitalized burn patients
    Jennifer F Lambert
    Department of Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ, USA
    J Nerv Ment Dis 192:304-12. 2004
    ..When analyzed in separate models, both of these relationships attained statistical significance. These findings have implications for identifying and treating people at risk for posttraumatic stress disorder after exposure to trauma...
  30. ncbi request reprint Virtual Iraq: initial results from a VR exposure therapy application for combat-related PTSD
    Albert A Rizzo
    University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies, USA
    Stud Health Technol Inform 132:420-5. 2008
    ..Clinical trials are currently underway at Ft. Lewis, Camp Pendleton, Emory University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, San Diego Naval Medical Center and 12 other sites...

Research Grants2

  1. PREVENTION OF PTSD IN ADULT BURN PATIENTS
    JoAnn Difede; Fiscal Year: 2002
    ..Results will also provide preliminary data on the cost-effectiveness of an early intervention program. ..
  2. Virtual Reality Treatment of PTSD and Substance Abuse
    JoAnn Difede; Fiscal Year: 2006
    ..This project will focus on the use of the configurable virtual reality environments in the treatment of chronic PTSD following the World Trade Center (WTC) attack of September 11, 2001. ..