Dr. Joanna Rosen, PsyD, is known for her exceptional skills and grounded approach in therapy. Licensed in Connecticut and New York, she's dedicated her career to improving mental health through prevention, early detection, and treatment. With over 25 years of experience in various roles, Dr. Rosen has consistently worked to make conversations about mental wellness more normal and accessible. Her efforts have made her a highly respected and sought-after clinical psychologist.
Dr. Rosen has always been fascinated by the question of why similar experiences can affect people so differently, particularly in the context of mental health. This curiosity fueled her academic journey through graduate school, leading her to a deep dive into how we process traumatic events. Her doctoral research on "Predictors of Chronic PTSD in Female Rape Survivors" shed light on the significant role that attribution of blame plays in the development of PTSD among rape survivors. The compelling findings from her dissertation not only expanded her understanding but also inspired her to further investigate how research can inform clinical practice. Dr. Rosen is driven by the belief that integrating research findings into therapy can significantly enhance clinical outcomes, marking her commitment to advancing mental health care.
Following her graduation, Dr. Joanna Rosen turned her attention to discovering methods to enhance outcomes for individuals identified as being at risk for mental health disorders. Her pursuit led her to the Yale School of Medicine's PRIME Research Clinic, where she embarked on a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. PRIME is renowned for its pioneering work in the early detection and treatment of those at high risk for serious mental illness. Completing her fellowship, Dr. Rosen was drawn back to PRIME, this time as Clinical Director, and also took on the role of Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry within the Yale School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. Her contributions at PRIME and Yale highlight her ongoing commitment to advancing the field of mental health through both clinical practice and education.
In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Joanna Rosen temporarily stepped away from her duties at PRIME to help facilitate a significant intervention program, HART (Healing and Recovery after Trauma), targeting communities in northern New Jersey that were deeply affected by the events of 9/11. Funded through a grant by the Office of Prevention Services and Research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-University Behavioral Health Care, HART offered community education and trauma-specific interventions for children, teens, and adults. The program aimed to mitigate the risk of PTSD and reduce risk for enduring mental health issues, demonstrating Dr. Rosen's unwavering commitment to trauma recovery and mental health resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges.
Since relocating to Newtown, CT, in 2004, Dr. Joanna Rosen has become an integral part of the local and surrounding communities, offering her expertise through both her private practice and the Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Nuvance Health. As a trauma specialist, her experience spans high-profile events that captured global attention, such as the 9/11 attacks, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and the Boston Marathon bombing. However, Dr. Rosen's commitment extends beyond public tragedies to include providing support for individuals facing personal traumas, including suicide, homicide, sexual assault, and automobile fatalities. Her work underscores the profound impact of trauma, whether experienced on a public stage or in the shadows of private life, and highlights her dedication to healing and recovery in all its forms.
Dr. Joanna Rosen integrates brain science into her work, adhering to the belief that individuals seeking treatment for trauma merit therapies grounded in peer-reviewed research. Among the evidence-based methods that align with this principle, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) stand out as her favored approaches, applied when clinically appropriate. As a certified EMDR provider, she takes part in the Fairfield County Trauma Response Team (FCTRT), a group of EMDR-certified clinicians dedicated to supporting first responders and frontline healthcare workers, showcasing her commitment to delivering impactful, research-driven care to those in need.
When she's not working, Dr. Rosen likes to play tennis, hike, read, and travel the world. She loves crisp apples, dried mango, raw brussel sprout salad, Ferris Acres Creamery's ice cream, (look it up!) and anything chocolate. Her favorite weekday evenings are those spent relaxing at home with her family and two dogs and watching shows that make her laugh out loud. The short-list of her favorites? The Office, Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.