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Anica Pless Kaiser, PhD


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This section is about our Mission, Vision, Staff, and Press Room

Anica Pless Kaiser, PhD

Portrait of Anica Pless Kaiser, PhD

Principal Investigator

Behavioral Science Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


  • Central Michigan University, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2010
  • VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Clinical Psychology, Predoctoral Psychology Intern, 2009
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Psychology, BA, 2004

Expertise and Interests

  • Aging and PTSD
  • Effects of trauma across the life course
  • Development and assessment of psychological interventions for older Veterans with PTSD and related disorders
  • Late-onset stress among older Veterans
  • Scale development and assessment

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Studies for Traumatic Stress Studies

Selected Publications

Pless Kaiser, A., Park, C. L., King, L. A., King, D. W., Schuster, J. L., Spiro, A., III, Moore, J. L., Kaloupek, D. G., & Keane, T. M. (2011). Long-term effects of coping with extreme stress: Longitudinal study of Vietnam-era repatriated prisoners of war. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24, 680-690.

Pless Kaiser, A., Spiro, A., III, Lee, L., & Stellman, J. (2012). Women Vietnam Veterans: Do PTSD symptoms mediate effects of warzone service on health? Research in Human Development, 9, 210-228.

Potter, C., Pless Kaiser, A., King, D., King, L., Spiro, A., Brady, C., et al. (2013). How is LOSS distinct from PTSD? Discriminant validity of the Late-Onset Stress Symptomatology (LOSS) scale. Aging and Mental Health, 17, 173-179.

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