Dr. Betty Pfefferbaum is Head of the Child Research Section of the National Center for Disaster Mental Health Research. She is the Paul and Ruth Jonas Chair, George Lynn Cross Research Professor, Professor and Chairman, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Pfefferbaum is a board-certified general and child psychiatrist.
She helped organize and deliver clinical services and conducted research related to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Dr. Pfefferbaum assisted in mental health clinical and research efforts related to the 1998 United States Embassy bombings in East Africa. She has provided consultation regarding clinical and research efforts associated with the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.