Presidential Award winner: Alan L. Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP
Distinguished Senior Research Scholar
Alan L. Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP, professor, Chief, Division of Behavioral Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Remarks by Dr. Henrich at the March 22 awards dinner:
“Dr. Peterson has brought international prestige to the Health Science Center through his leadership of multi-institutional, multidisciplinary research based at this university, the STRONG STAR Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, also known as CAP.
“With these consortia, he leads the world’s largest research group focused on combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions. It is the only research organization capable of conducting multiple, large-scale, randomized clinical trials with active duty military. Through STRONG STAR and the CAP, Dr. Peterson has brought together a world-class team of more than 150 collaborating investigators from more than 40 military, VA and civilian institutions.
“Dr. Peterson’s team has over 40 research projects with more than $130 million from the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and private funding through STRONG STAR, CAP and affiliated studies, making him one of the Health Science Center’s top grant recipients….
“Today, Dr. Peterson believes he is doing the most important work of his life as he leads national research consortia focused on improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment for the psychological wounds of war.”
From the nominating letter by Steven R. Pliszka, M.D., Dielmann Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine:
“Dr. Peterson’s vision and leadership have contributed greatly to further solidifying the Health Science Center’s status as a leading research university, as well as San Antonio’s status as the home of military medicine. This monumental research will continue to have a significant national public health impact on military service members and veterans, their families and our nation.”