Jean C. Beckham is a clinical psychologist, the Behavioral Medicine Division Director, and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine and a VA Clinical Sciences Senior Research Career Scientist. She recently received the 2017 International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, which is the ISTSS highest honor for individuals whose scientific achievements have advanced knowledge on the nature, assessment, and treatment of traumatic stress.
Her research interests include psychophysiological, cardiovascular, genetic, and clinical studies of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychiatric comorbidities. Her current research-related activities include serving as the principal investigator on National Heart Lung and Blood (NHLBI), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Research Service (RR and D), VA Clinical Research Service (CLR & D), and VA Biomedical Laboratory (BLR and D).
She also serves as national chair for the VA Tobacco Advisory Group. She is currently funded through the Million Veteran Program to investigate the genetic and clinical predictors of veteran suicide. Dr. Beckham has published nearly 300 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.