Phone: (919) 843-2220
BA, Psychology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
MA, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Residency in Psychiatry, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Fellowship in Clinical Research, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD
Dr. Putnam is principally involved in three areas of research. The first is his long-standing interest in pathological dissociation. The second is the long-term effects of childhood maltreatment and adversity. The third is the large-scale dissemination of evidence-based trauma treatment and prevention programs in community settings. Currently his research on dissociation is focused in two areas: the role of dissociation in the intergenerational cycle of violence, and, the development of treatments for dissociative disorders. His 20-year, prospective, longitudinal study of sexually abused girls and matched controls with colleagues Penelope Trickett, PhD and Jennie Noll, PhD, is an example of his developmental psychopathological approach to the long-term effects of childhood maltreatment. The in-home adaptation of CBT for maternal depression in home visiting programs that Robert Ammerman, PhD and he are disseminating in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Kentucky is an example of efforts to scale-up evidence-based interventions in communities.