Alan Peterson, PhD, ABPP

Alan Peterson is a board certified clinical health psychologist, the Krus Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, and Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine within the Department of Psychiatry and School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio). He is the Associate Director of Research for the Military Health Institute at UT Health San Antonio.  He is also a Research Health Scientist at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He is the Director of the STRONG STAR Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD.  These two consortia include over 150 research collaborators and 40 institutions worldwide. He served previously as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Clinical Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005 after 21 years of active duty service including deployments in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. He has clinical and research expertise in the areas of behavioral medicine, psychological trauma, and resiliency.  He has published 7 books and over 150 scientific manuscripts and given over 300 presentations at national and international meetings.  Since arriving at UT Health San Antonio in 2005, he and his colleagues have secured approximately $140 million in peer-reviewed research funding to support applied clinical research in San Antonio, throughout Texas, and worldwide.  Dr. Peterson has championed a proposal to establish the National Center for Warrior Resiliency in San Antonio. 


Jon R Kerstetter, MD

Jon Kerstetter, MD, completed three combat tours of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army as a combat physician and flight surgeon. He retired from the Iowa National Guard in 2009. He obtained his M.D. degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. He also holds an MS in business from the University of Utah and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Ashland University. He resides with his wife in Iowa City, IA.

His essays have been published in Best American Essays 2013, River Teeth Journal, The Examined Life Journal, Emry’s Journal, and the Lunch Ticket. His essay, "Learning to Breathe," was the Normal School Nonfiction Prize Winner of 2014.

His newly released book, Crossings: A Doctor Soldier’s Story, published by Crown Publishing. Crossings, was selected one of the best reads in Military Literature in 2017 and was a finalist in the 2108 Colby Award.  The Wall Street Journal called Crossings, “Grave and pensive, but always engaging… [Crossings] offers intimate portraits of lives shaped by war… A new generation of storytellers will emerge from this latest iteration of the terror wars… [Crossings is a] powerful reminder of why we should listen.” —Wall Street Journal 

Dr. Paula Schnurr

dr. paula schnurr

Dr. Paula Schnurr is the Executive Director of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and had previously served as Deputy Executive Director of the Center since 1989. She is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Editor of the Clinician's Trauma Update-Online. She received her PhD in Experimental Psychology at Dartmouth College in 1984 and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Schnurr is Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Association for Psychological Science. She previously served as Editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. She has investigated risk and resilience factors associated with the long-term physical and mental health outcomes of exposure to traumatic events. She is an expert on psychotherapy research and has conducted a number of clinical trials of PTSD treatment, including multi-site trials of Prolonged Exposure for female veterans and active duty personnel with PTSD and of group psychotherapy for PTSD in Vietnam veterans. Her most current grants are a comparative effectiveness trial of Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy and a validation of the Primary-Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5.