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Matthew J. Friedman, M.D.

Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Pharmacology & Toxicology

Dartmouth College, AB 1961
Einstein College of Medicine, PHD 1967
U. Kentucky, MD 1969

Neuroscience Center at Dartmouth


Contact Information:

Dartmouth Medical School
HB 7900
Hanover NH 03755

Office: National Center for PTSD
Phone: 802-296-5132
Fax: 802-296-5135
Email: matthew.j.friedman@dartmouth.edu

Assistant: Jan Clark
Asst. Phone: 802-296-5132
Asst. Email: jan.clark@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

Dr. Matthew J. Friedman received his Ph.D. in pharmacology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1967. He then received an M.D. at the University of Kentucky, Lexington where he also had a post-doctoral fellowship, served on the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and had a rotating internship. His residency in psychiatry was at the Massachusetts General Hospital (1970-1972) and at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (1972-1973). He joined the Dartmouth faculty in Psychiatry in 1973 and in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 1976. His major clinical assignment has been at the VA Medical Center, White River Junction, where he served as staff psychiatrist (1973-1978), and Chief of Psychiatry (1978-1989). He has been Executive Director of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Professor of Psychiatry and of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Dartmouth Medical School. He has worked with PTSD patients as a clinician and researcher for thirty-five years and has published extensively on stress and PTSD, biological psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and clinical outcome studies on depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and chemical dependency. He has over 200 publications, including seventeen books and monographs. Listed in The Best Doctors in America, he is a Distinguished Lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Chair of the scientific advisory board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and has served on many VA, DoD and NIMH research, education and policy committees. He has received many honors including the ISTSS Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.

Grant Information:

Re-Engineering Systems for Primary Care Treatment of PTSD ($1,242,100) 2007-2009. VA HSR&D. Schnurr PP & Friedman MJ, co-principal investigators

PTSD/TBI Clinical Consortium Study Site Award ($1,500,000) 2008-2013. DoD CDMRP. McAllister TW & Friedman MJ, co-principal investigators

Courses Taught:

Lecture medical students in SBM on PTSD
Teach seminars to psychiatry residents on the neurobiology and pharmacological treatment of PTSD.

Selected Publications:


Marx BP, Wolf EJ, Cornette MM, Schnurr PP, Rosen MI, Friedman MJ, Keane TM, Speroff T
Using the WHODAS 2.0 to Assess Functioning Among Veterans Seeking Compensation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Psychiatr Serv 2015 Aug 17; :appips201400400
PMID: 26278226

Friedman MJ
Risk factors for suicides among army personnel.
JAMA 2015 Mar 17; 313(11):1154-5
PMID: 25781444

Wolf EJ, Miller MW, Kilpatrick D, Resnick HS, Badour CL, Marx BP, Keane TM, Rosen RC, Friedman MJ
ICD-11 Complex PTSD in US National and Veteran Samples: Prevalence and Structural Associations with PTSD.
Clin Psychol Sci 2015 Mar; 3(2):215-229
PMID: 25750837

Barnett ER, Bernardy NC, Jenkyn AB, Parker LE, Lund BC, Alexander B, Friedman MJ
Prescribing clinicians' perspectives on evidence-based psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder.
Behav Sci (Basel) 2014 Oct 21; 4(4):410-22
PMID: 25431445

McLaughlin KA, Koenen KC, Friedman MJ, Ruscio AM, Karam EG, Shahly V, Stein DJ, Hill ED, Petukhova M, Alonso J, Andrade LH, Angermeyer MC, Borges G, de Girolamo G, de Graaf R, Demyttenaere K, Florescu SE, Mladenova M, Posada-Villa J, Scott KM, Takeshima T, Kessler RC
Subthreshold posttraumatic stress disorder in the world health organization world mental health surveys.
Biol Psychiatry 2015 Feb 15; 77(4):375-84
PMID: 24842116

Bernardy NC, Lund BC, Alexander B, Friedman MJ
Increased polysedative use in veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.
Pain Med 2014 Jul; 15(7):1083-90
PMID: 24341376

Friedman MJ
PTSD in the DSM-5: reply to Brewin (2013), Kilpatrick (2013), and Maercker and Perkonigg (2013).
J Trauma Stress 2013 Oct; 26(5):567-9
PMID: 24151005

Friedman MJ
Finalizing PTSD in DSM-5: getting here from there and where to go next.
J Trauma Stress 2013 Oct; 26(5):548-56
PMID: 24151001

Schnurr PP, Friedman MJ, Oxman TE, Dietrich AJ, Smith MW, Shiner B, Forshay E, Gui J, Thurston V
RESPECT-PTSD: re-engineering systems for the primary care treatment of PTSD, a randomized controlled trial.
J Gen Intern Med 2013 Jan; 28(1):32-40
PMID: 22865017

Friedman MJ, Resick PA, Bryant RA, Brewin CR
Considering PTSD for DSM-5.
Depress Anxiety 2011 Sep; 28(9):750-69
PMID: 21910184