Dr. Vasterling also is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at Tulane University School of Medicine. She obtained her PhD in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1988. Trained as a clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Vasterling's research has centered on furthering understanding of the cognitive and emotional changes that accompany war-zone deployment and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Her recent work includes a longitudinal study examining neuropsychological and emotional outcomes of the Iraq War. This effort is unique in that it tracks the mental health of deploying soldiers, starting when they are deployed and following them after they return from Iraq.