Youssef is a leading expert in PTSD, mood disorders and suicide prevention. He treats civilians, active duty military and veterans. His research focuses on mechanistic and therapeutic innovation for treatment-resistant psychiatric disorders and suicide prevention. He is especially interested in brain modulation therapeutics including brain stimulation. Youssef also focuses his research on the psychological, biological and epigenomic factors responsible for resilience in order to prevent or treat severe psychiatric disorders and suicide. He has specialized training in ECT, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS).
Areas of Expertise (6)
Genomics and epigentics
Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Media Appearances (3)
God's Forgiveness Seen as Possible Key to Healing Vets with PTSD
CBN News online
Spiritual therapy is now being considered as treatment for veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Doctors in Georgia are researching to see whether religious therapy can help America's wounded warriors.
Spiritual therapy eyed as possible treatment for PTSD
Crux Catholic Media online
Doctors in Augusta are exploring the idea of using spiritual therapy to treat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Research survey at VA to test if spiritual therapy might be helpful in treating PTSD
The Augusta Chronicle online
Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are often treated with medication and psychotherapy. But a research survey at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is hoping to find out if spiritual therapy might be of interest as well.
To review the published literature on the efficacy of ketamine for the treatment of suicidal ideation (SI).
Veteran populations are exposed to multiple stressful events, and suicidality among veterans is a serious problem. Identifying biomarkers of suicidality may enhance detection, prevention, and treatment. Multiple neurotransmitter systems are implicated in the neurobiology of suicidality, including amino acid neurotransmitter systems.
The amygdala is a major structure that orchestrates defensive reactions to environmental threats and is implicated in hypervigilance and symptoms of heightened arousal in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The basolateral and centromedial amygdala (CMA) complexes are functionally heterogeneous, with distinct roles in learning and expressing fear behaviors.