Yuval Neria, Ph.D is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, and Director of Trauma and PTSD at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He received his PhD in Psychology from Haifa University, Israel (1994), and was on faculty of Tel Aviv University until his recruitment to Columbia University after the 9/11 attacks (2002). His research has been focused on the mental health consequences of exposure to extreme traumatic events, with a particular focus on war veterans and survivors of disasters and terrorism. His scientific work has been inspired by his experience in combat. He was injured in the Yom Kippur 1973 War and was awarded the Medal of Valor, equivalent to the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Currently his group at Columbia is focused on advancing the efficacy of interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including psychotherapies and medications, indentifying brain-based (via fMRI), psychological, and behavioral markers of PTSD, and conducting international research in trauma-exposed populations in Israel and Colombia, Latin America.
Dr. Neria’s research projects were funded by NIMH (since 2004), NARSAD and several private foundations. He has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters in the area of trauma and PTSD, 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), and published a war-novel “Fire” (Zmora Bitan, Hebrew). He is the 2007 recipient of the Klerman NARSAD Award for outstanding Clinical Research, Honorable Mention.