Edna B. Foa, the director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at Penn Medicine and a professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Carol Johnson Humanitarian Award by Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), Philadelphia’s rape crisis center. The award is presented to a person who has shown “outstanding commitment to making [the] community safer for victims of sexual assault.”
Dr. Foa is an internationally renowned authority on the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety. She is one of the world’s leading experts in the areas of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and developed prolonged exposure therapy to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. The prevalence of rape is about three percent of the population; of these, 60 percent will have had PTSD at some point in their lives, and nearly one in five currently has the condition. In prolonged exposure therapy, patients revisit the traumatic event in order to help them heal. Dr. Foa has lectured on and provided workshops on prolonged exposure therapy internationally. Dr. Foa has authored 20 books and hundreds of peer-reviewed publications.