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Jennifer Schuster Wachen, PhD


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Jennifer Schuster Wachen, PhD

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Clinical Research Psychologist

Women's Health Sciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


  • VA Boston Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Medical Psychology, Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008
  • University of Connecticut, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2007
  • University of Connecticut, Clinical Psychology, MA, 2005
  • Boston College, Biology and Psychology, BS, 1998

Expertise and Interests

  • Evaluation of treatment interventions (e.g., Cognitive Processing Therapy) for PTSD and comorbid conditions in active duty military
  • Risk and resilience factors for PTSD and posttraumatic growth
  • The relationship between trauma and physical health
  • Effects of trauma and PTSD on psychosocial functioning

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • American Psychological Association

Selected Publications

Wachen, J. S., Dondanville, K. A., Pruiksma, K. A., Molino, A., Carson, C. S., Blankenship, A. E., Wilkinson, C., Yarvis, J. S., & Resick, P. A. (In press). Implementing cognitive processing therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder with active duty U.S. military personnel: Special considerations and case examples. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

Resick, P. A., Wachen, J. S., Mintz, J., Young-McCaughan, S., Roache, J. D., Borah, A. M., Peterson, A.L., & The STRONG STAR Consortium. (2015, May 4). A randomized clinical trial of group cognitive processing therapy compared to group present centered therapy for PTSD among active duty personnel. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Advance online publication.

Wachen, J. S., Jimenez, S., Smith, K., & Resick, P. A. (2014). Long-term functional outcomes of women receiving cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6(Suppl 1), S58-S65.

Wachen, J.S., Patidar, S.M., Mulligan, E.A., Naik, A.D., & Moye, J. (2014). Cancer-related PTSD symptoms in a veteran sample: Associations with age, combat PTSD, and quality of life. Psycho-Oncology, 23, 921-927. DOI: 10.1002/pon.3494

Wachen, J., Shipherd, J.C., Suvak, M., Vogt, D., King, L.A., & King, D.W. (2013). Posttraumatic stress symptomatology as a mediator of the relationship between warzone exposure and physical health symptoms in men and women. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 319-328.

Stein, N.R., Dickstein, B.D., Schuster, J., Litz, B.T., & Resick, P.A. (2012). Trajectories of response to treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder. Behavior Therapy, 43, 790-800. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2012.04.003

Schuster, J.L., Park, C.L., & Frisman, L. (2011). Trauma exposure and PTSD symptoms among homeless mothers: Predicting coping and mental health outcomes. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 30(8), 887-904. doi:10.1521/jscp.2011.30.8.887

King, L., King, D., Schuster, J., Park, C., Moore, J., Kaloupek, D., & Keane, T. (2011). Captivity stressors and mental health consequences among repatriated U.S. Navy, Army, and Marine Vietnam-era Prisoners of War. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 3(4), 412-420. doi:10.1037/a0021411

Smith, B., Shipherd, J., Schuster, J., Vogt, D., King, L., & King, D. (2011). Posttraumatic stress symptom severity as a mediator of the association between military sexual trauma and post-deployment physical health in women. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 12, 275-289. doi:10.1080/15299732.2011.551508

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