Post-­deployment Gender Differences in PTSD, Unhealthy Drinking

Oct. 27, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Female service members play an integral role in U.S. military history and current operations. Women filled approximately 10 percent of all positions among deployed forces in recent conflicts. Yet, there is limited research specific to women’s combat experiences and post-deployment problems.

This presentation will introduce attendees to recent research that focused on female service members and post-deployment gender differences in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and unhealthy drinking. The speakers will discuss VA/DoD clinical practice guidelines and empirically supported treatments for PTSD and substance use disorders.

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants can:

  • Discuss gender similarities and differences in combat exposure and post-deployment health problems
  • Identify military and combat-related experiences associated with PTSD
  • Demonstrate empirically supported treatments for PTSD and alcohol use for service members


Rachel Sayko Adams, Ph.D., M.P.H
Scientist, Institute for Behavioral Health Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy Waltham, Massachusetts
Mary Jo Larson, Ph.D., M.P.H
Senior Scientist, Institute for Behavioral Health Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy Waltham, Massachusetts
Nikki R. Wooten, Ph.D., L.I.S.W-CP
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, College of Social Work Columbia, South Carolina


Maj. Demietrice L. Pittman, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist Deployment Health Clinical Center Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Oct. 27, 2016, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.


Sign up for the webinar. Please note, registration is required for each webinar regardless if the participant has an existing PESG account. Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect or Defense Collaboration Services to attend the webinar.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email the DCoE webinar team.

Problems opening our PDFs?

We are aware of an issue that sometimes occurs opening our PDF files over HTTP. We are working to fix it but if you encounter this issue please try downloading the file over HTTPS by changing the URL like so:[filename].pdf »[filename].pdf

Please note:

If you receive a security warning it is due to our use of a certificate issued by the Defense Department certificate authority.  It is a valid certificate, but it's not distributed by commercial vendors when you download their browser.

You can accept the certificate by selecting the "Continue to this website (not recommended)" option in Internet Explorer.

If that selection is an uncomfortable option, you can follow instructions under "Resolving the Issue (The More-Permanent Way)" here: to verify that the certificate is a valid DoD-signed certificate.

This page was last updated on: April 19, 2017.