About the Study

The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of two different treatments for symptoms of PTSD. In addition, we are interested in finding out if a medication called D-cycloserine (a cognitive enhancer) improves the effectiveness of these treatments by enhancing the learning that takes place during therapy.

Who is the Study for?

This is a study for adult women in the Boston area who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of interpersonal violence or sexual assault. PTSD is a condition characterized by anxiety and avoidance of stressful memories. Click here to read more about PTSD.

This study is not suited for people who are primarily interested in compensation. This study is meant for people who have difficulties with anxiety and are interested in getting treatment for those problems.

Who are we?

This study is being conducted at the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. The research is led by Dr. Stefan Hofmann, Ph.D.

This study is funded by the James S. McDonnell Foundation.

What Does the Study Involve?

This study involves:

  • Questionnaire completion
  • Psychiatric interview
  • 4 session treatment program to help you with traumatic symptoms
  • 2 follow up assessments

Each study visit will take about 2 hours, and will take place in our clinic at Boston University. Treatment will be at no cost and be delivered by qualified therapists.