Claude M. Chemtob, PhD is a Research Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Chemtob directs the Family Trauma Research Program. Dr. Chemtob also directs the ACS-NYU Children’s Trauma Institute (CTI) which develops trauma-informed interventions for the child welfare system.
Dr. Chemtob is internationally recognized for his work with children and families exposed to disaster and terrorism. He published the first randomized studies of the treatment of children with disaster-related trauma. His public health informed disaster recovery methods are in use with terrorism and war-exposed preschoolers and their families in five Israeli cities. The Family Trauma program is collaborating with the Administration for Children’s Services (New York City’s child welfare agency) to study the efficacy of Parenting STAIR, an intervention to reduce PTSD-related parenting deficits among women at high risk of repeat child maltreatment.
Dr. Chemtob received his PhD at the University of Michigan in 1980.
Dr. Chemtob was a consultant to the Presidential Commission of the French Republic that established that nation's post-terrorism recovery system. He served as a member of New York State and City Advisory Committee pertaining to post 9/11 mental health recovery. Dr. Chemtob was also a consultant to the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism and currently consults on terrorism response in Israel where he has several active projects.
Dr. Chemtob has published widely in the area of trauma and PTSD, notably on disaster and terrorism, on the treatment of PTSD related anger, and on culture and trauma. He pioneered the development of information processing approaches to understanding trauma and PTSD.