John A. Fairbank, PhD


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Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Child & Fam Mental Health & Dev Neuro
411 West Chapel Hill St Suit
Box 104426
Durham, NC 27710
Office Telephone:
(919) 613-9860
  • PhD, Auburn University, 1980
Research Interests:
Scope, impact, assessment and treatment of traumatic stress reactions in children and adults; posttraumatic stress disorder; implementation science; mental health services research.
Representative Publications:
  • Ebert, L; Amaya-Jackson, L; Markiewicz, JM; Kisiel, C; Fairbank, JA. Use of the breakthrough series collaborative to support broad and sustained use of evidence-based trauma treatment for children in community practice settings. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 2012;39:187-199.  Abstract
  • Wells, TS; Miller, SC; Adler, AB; Engel, CC; Smith, TC; Fairbank, JA. Mental health impact of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts: a review of US research, service provision, and programmatic responses. International Review of Psychiatry (Informa). 2011;23:144-152.  Abstract
  • McLaughlin, KA; Fairbank, JA; Gruber, MJ; Jones, RT; Osofsky, JD; Pfefferbaum, B; Sampson, NA; Kessler, RC. Trends in serious emotional disturbance among youths exposed to Hurricane Katrina. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2010;49:990-1000.e2.  Abstract
  • Pfefferbaum, B; Houston, JB; Reyes, G; Steinberg, AM; Pynoos, RS; Fairbank, JA; Brymer, MJ; Maida, CA. Building National Capacity for Child and Family Disaster Mental Health Research. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 2010;41:26-33.  Abstract
  • Pfefferbaum, B; Maida, CA; Steinberg, AM; Beaton, RD; Pynoos, RS; Fairbank, JA; Brymer, MJ; Kurklinsky, AK. Enhancing national capacity to conduct child and family disaster mental health research. Nursing education perspectives. 2010;31:237-241.  Abstract
  • Fairbank, JA; Fairbank, DW. Epidemiology of child traumatic stress. Current Psychiatry Reports. 2009;11:289-295.  Abstract
  • McLaughlin, KA; Fairbank, JA; Gruber, MJ; Jones, RT; Lakoma, MD; Pfefferbaum, B; Sampson, NA; Kessler, RC. Serious emotional disturbance among youths exposed to Hurricane Katrina 2 years postdisaster. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2009;48:1069-1078.  Abstract
  • Pynoos, RS; Steinberg, AM; Layne, CM; Briggs, EC; Ostrowski, SA; Fairbank, JA. DSM-V PTSD diagnostic criteria for children and adolescents: a developmental perspective and recommendations. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2009;22:391-398.  Abstract
  • Schlenger, WE; Kulka, RA; Fairbank, JA; Hough, RL; Jordan, BK; Marmar, CR; Weiss, DS. The psychological risks of Vietnam: the NVVRS perspective. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2007;20:467-479.  Abstract
  • Fairbank, JA; Fairbank, DW. Families at risk: comment on Dirkzwager, Bramsen, Adèr, and van der Ploeg (2005). Journal of Family Psychology. 2005;19:230-232.  Abstract
  • Loo, CM; Fairbank, JA; Chemtob, CM. Adverse race-related events as a risk factor for posttraumatic stress disorder in Asian American Vietnam veterans. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 2005;193:455-463.  Abstract
  • Waelde, LC; Silvern, L; Fairbank, JA. A taxometric investigation of dissociation in Vietnam veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2005;18:359-369.  Abstract
  • Stamm, BH; Tuma, F; Norris, FH; Piland, NF; van der Hart, O; Fairbank, JA; Stamm, HE; Higson-Smith, C; Barbanel, L; Levant, RF. The terror part of terrorism. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine. 2004;23:149-161.  Abstract
  • Angold, A; Erkanli, A; Farmer, EM; Fairbank, JA; Burns, BJ; Keeler, G; Costello, EJ. Psychiatric disorder, impairment, and service use in rural African American and white youth. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2002;59:893-901.  Abstract
  • Beals, J; Manson, SM; Shore, JH; Friedman, M; Ashcraft, M; Fairbank, JA; Schlenger, WE. The prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder among American Indian Vietnam veterans: disparities and context. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2002;15:89-97.  Abstract
  • Costello, EJ; Erkanli, A; Fairbank, JA; Angold, A. The prevalence of potentially traumatic events in childhood and adolescence. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 2002;15:99-112.  Abstract
  • Jordan, BK; Federman, EB; Burns, BJ; Schlenger, WE; Fairbank, JA; Caddell, JM. Lifetime use of mental health and substance abuse treatment services by incarcerated women felons. Psychiatric Services. 2002;53:317-325.  Abstract
  • Schlenger, WE; Caddell, JM; Ebert, L; Jordan, BK; Rourke, KM; Wilson, D; Thalji, L; Dennis, JM; Fairbank, JA; Kulka, RA. Psychological reactions to terrorist attacks: findings from the National Study of Americans' Reactions to September 11. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. 2002;288:581-588.  Abstract
  • Weine, S; Danieli, Y; Silove, D; Van Ommeren, M; Fairbank, JA; Saul, J; Task Force on International Trauma Training of the Intertional Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Guidelines for international training in mental health and psychosocial interventions for trauma exposed populations in clinical and community settings. Psychiatry: interpersonal and biological processes. 2002;65:156-164.  Abstract