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Matthew J. Friedman, MD

Professor of Psychiatry


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:


Comorbid Conditions Explain the Association Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Incident Cardiovascular Disease.
Scherrer JF, Salas J, Cohen BE, Schnurr PP, Schneider FD, Chard KM, Tuerk P, Friedman MJ, Norman SB, van den Berk-Clark C, Lustman PJ
J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 Feb 19;8(4):e011133. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.011133.
PMID: 30755078

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Primary Care Practice.
Friedman MJ
JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Nov 1;178(11):1445-1446. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.3108.
PMID: 30242390

The Role of Obesity in the Association Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Incident Diabetes.
Scherrer JF, Salas J, Lustman PJ, van den Berk-Clark C, Schnurr PP, Tuerk P, Cohen BE, Friedman MJ, Norman SB, Schneider FD, Chard KM
JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Nov 1;75(11):1189-1198. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.2028.
PMID: 30090920

Defining Treatment-Resistant Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Framework for Future Research.
Sippel LM, Holtzheimer PE, Friedman MJ, Schnurr PP
Biol Psychiatry. 2018 Sep 1;84(5):e37-e41. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2018.03.011. Epub 2018 Apr 10.
PMID: 29752073

Eradicating Traumatic Memories: Implications for PTSD Treatment.
Friedman MJ
Am J Psychiatry. 2018 May 1;175(5):391-392. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2018.18010106.
PMID: 29712466

VA's National PTSD Brain Bank: a National Resource for Research.
Friedman MJ, Huber BR, Brady CB, Ursano RJ, Benedek DM, Kowall NW, McKee AC, Traumatic Stress Brain Research Group.
Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2017 Aug 25;19(10):73. doi: 10.1007/s11920-017-0822-6. Epub 2017 Aug 25.
PMID: 28840457

Mobile Mindfulness Intervention on an Acute Psychiatric Unit: Feasibility and Acceptability Study.
Mistler LA, Ben-Zeev D, Carpenter-Song E, Brunette MF, Friedman MJ
JMIR Ment Health. 2017 Aug 21;4(3):e34. doi: 10.2196/mental.7717. Epub 2017 Aug 21.
PMID: 28827214

Pharmacological management of posttraumatic stress disorder.
Bernardy NC, Friedman MJ
Curr Opin Psychol. 2017 Apr;14:116-121. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.01.003. Epub 2017 Jan 11.
PMID: 28813308

Considering future pharmacotherapy for PTSD.
Friedman MJ, Bernardy NC
Neurosci Lett. 2017 May 10;649:181-185. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2016.11.048. Epub 2016 Nov 24.
PMID: 27890743

Changes to the Definition of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the DSM-5-Reply.
Friedman MJ, Kilpatrick DG, Schnurr PP
JAMA Psychiatry. 2016 Nov 1;73(11):1203. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.2401.
PMID: 27732695

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