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Episode #17 Dr. Chris Frueh – PTSD Expert

By October 22, 2019No Comments

Behavioral training and performance coaching expert, David ‘Rut’ Rutherford delivers what is perhaps his most important episode yet. Rut welcomes clinical psychologist, PSTD published expert, mentor to dozens of SPEC Ops members, professor Dr. Chris Frueh to the show. IN this critically informative show Rut and Dr. Frueh explore the importance of understand the human mind, defining PTSD, outlining Special Operator’s Syndrome, and one of the only program’s in the country specifically designed to help suffering SOF members find peace through individually designed medical programs. Dr. Frueh is one of the nations leading experts on Operators Syndrome and gives critical information that will help saves thousands of lives. Please see his Bio below.

Award-winning Podcast Host, Navy SEAL Motivational Speaker, David Rutherford reignites his Froglogic Podcast by answering life’s greatest questions. Listen to this former Navy SEAL Medic, CIA Contractor, best-selling author, and World Series Champion motivational performance coach, give his unique and profound insight about the human condition.

Dr. Chris Frueh BIO:
Bartley Christopher “Chris” Frueh, clinical psychologist, is a professor of psychology at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. His research focuses on clinical trials, epidemiology, and mental health services relevant to the design and implementation of innovative treatments and mental health service improvements for people with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“My research has contributed to the knowledge on treatment for veterans, prisoners, and severely mentally ill people with PTSD,” says Frueh. “My aim is to improve public sector mental healthcare services for trauma survivors with comorbid psychiatric disorders—PTSD plus substance abuse, depression, schizophrenia—via research, training, and dissemination.”

Frueh has over 200 professional publications, and has been principal investigator on 15 federally-funded research grants, and co-investigator or mentor on more than 25 others, including funding from the federal National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Department of Defense (DOD).

Locally, Frueh has worked with Charmaine Higa-McMillan, assistant professor of psychology at UH Hilo, on a NIMH grant to improve evidence based mental health practices for rural communities. He’s also worked with Jeffrey Smith, assistant professor of history at UH Hilo, on a manuscript and planned book on suicides and psychiatric illness in the U.S. Civil War.

Frueh says a surprising find in his research on the Civil War is that there were only 278 documented suicides in the Union Army during the four years of the war (1861-1865), less than the DOD documented in the single year of 2010 (295).

Frueh works on several national projects, most of which are clinical trials taking place over the course of many years. Some of his national work already has publications, some are new studies where the data have not yet been analyzed. Some trials use a method that typically takes four to seven years to complete.

Frueh has completed data collection on a geriatric depression trial in Charleston, South Carolina, based on a VA grant Frueh first wrote in 2004. It was funded in 2006 after he moved to UH Hilo– a long lag time, he says.

“My national work isn’t just one project, it’s many different projects, with different research teams,” he says. “Each project is funded in the $1 million to $5 million range. I’m a co-principal investigator on two of the projects, and most of the others are headed by my mentees I still work with.”

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