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Suzanne Pineles, PhD


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Suzanne Pineles, 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


  • VA Boston Healthcare System, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2004
  • Northwestern University, Clinical, Psychology, PhD, 2003
  • Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology, Predoctoral Psychology Intern, 2003
  • Northwestern University, Clinical Psychology, MS, 2000
  • University of Pennsylvania, psychology, BA, 1997

Expertise and Interests

  • Psychophysiology of PTSD
  • Stress reactivity across the menstrual cycle
  • Fear conditioning

Membership in Professional Societies

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

Awards and Honors

  • VA Career Development Award (CDA-II)

Selected Publications

Wisco, B. E., Marx, B. P., Sloan, D. M., Gorman, K., Kulish, A., & Pineles, S. L. (in press). Self-distancing from trauma memories reduces physiological but not subjective emotional reactivity among Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Clinical Psychological Science.

Nillni, Y. I., Pineles, S. L., Patton, S., Rouse, M.H., Sawyer, A.T., & Rasmusson, A.M. (2015). Menstrual cycle effects on psychological symptoms in women with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28, 1-7. doi: 10.1002/jts.21984

Pineles, S. L., Suvak, M. K., Liverant, G. I., Gregor, K., Wisco, B. E., Pitman, R. K., & Orr, S. P. (2013). Psychophysiologic reactivity, subjective distress, and their associations with PTSD diagnosis. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 635-644. doi: 10.1037/a0033942

Pineles, S. L., Rasmusson, A. M., Yehuda, R., Lasko, N. B., Macklin, M. L., Pitman, R. K., Orr, S. P. (2013). Predicting emotional responses to potentially traumatic events from pre-exposure waking cortisol levels: A longitudinal study of police and firefighters. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 26, 241-253. doi:10.1080/10615806.2012.672976

Pineles, S. L., Mostoufi, S. M., Ready, C. B., Street, A. E., Griffin, M. G., & Resick, P. A. (2011). Trauma reactivity, avoidant coping, and PTSD symptoms: A moderating relationship? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120¸ 240-246. doi:10.1037/a0022123

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