Steffany Fredman conducts research at the intersection of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and family functioning. She became interested in prevention research because she believes that treatment can double as prevention, as alleviation of PTSD symptoms earlier in the life plan can prevent future morbidity for the trauma survivor and his or her loved ones. Steffany has been working on the development and testing of couple-based treatments for PTSD for the last 10 years, including an NIMH-funded study to develop and test cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy (Monson & Fredman, 2012). Currently, she is working on a project, jointly funded by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, to develop an intensive, couple-based retreat-styled therapy to treat PTSD.
In the future, Steffany hopes to continue her research with PTSD in preventing the negative toll that symptoms of the disorder can have on family functioning. She recently received the Karl R. Fink and Diane Wendle Fink Early Career Professorship from the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, where she is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies. Steffany enjoys the interdisciplinary collaboration that the Center offers. When Steffany isn’t working, she can be found spending time with her family.
A dyadic perspective on PTSD symptoms’ associations with couple functioning and parenting stress in first-time parents
Fredman, S. J., Le, Y., Marshall, A. D., Brick, T. R., & Feinberg, M. E. (2017). A dyadic perspective on PTSD symptoms’ associations with couple functioning and parenting stress in first-time parents. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 6, 117–132. doi:10.1037/cfp0000079