Institute of Mental Research
Institute of Mental Research

Mark Powers

Ph.D., Baylor University Medical Center

University Affiliate
Mark Powers



Nature, causes, and treatment of PTSD and other Anxiety and Substance Use Disorders


Dr. Mark B. Powers is the Director of Trauma Research at Baylor Scott & White running federally funded projects at two Level 1 Trauma Centers including Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and Scott & White Medical Center in Temple. His research focuses include: a) treatment and prevention of PTSD, b) resilience training/human performance/crisis negotiations, and c) non-opioid pain management, and ECMO/TBI research. Funding sources include NIH, DoD, DARPA, HHS, and private foundations. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Powers is a licensed clinical psychologist. While pursuing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Powers also completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at Boston University and Harvard Medical School and a clinical internship at the University of Washington. He was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands for two years studying exposure augmentation strategies. Next he was an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry for two years at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he focused on research in OCD and PTSD. He was then an Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University for three years before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Powers was certified in prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD and Exposure with Ritual Prevention for OCD at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders with Dr. Edna Foa and he was a Beck Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. He was the Chair of the APA Division 12 Presidential Task Force on Empirically Supported Treatment Dissemination and was a member of the Scientific Council at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He works closely with trauma medical staff, survivors of traumatic injury, first responders/law enforcement, and the military. 

He conducts international workshops in EX/RP for OCD and PE for PTSD. Dr. Powers has over 150 publications including books (, book chapters and journal articles. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 

Dr. Powers research interests include: 1. Treatment and Prevention of PTSD, 2. Resilience Training and Human Performance, 3. Non-Opioid Pain Management 

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