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Alexandra Macdonald, PhD

 

Alexandra Macdonald, PhD

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Clinical Research Psychologist

Women's Health Sciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Assistant Research Professor

Education

  • National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina, NIH-T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009
  • Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium, Medical University of South Carolina, 2008
  • Boston University, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2008
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1998

Expertise and Interests

  • Studying the relationship between PTSD and couple/family functioning in Veterans and active duty service members
  • Developing, testing, and disseminating efficacious cognitive behavioral conjoint therapies to treat PTSD
  • Implementing efficacious interventions for PTSD within the VA and DoD systems
  • Identifying risk and resilience factors for PTSD

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy

Awards and Honors

  • Clinical Excellence Award, conferred by MUSC Internship Faculty, 2008

Selected Publications

Monson, C. M., Macdonald, A., Fredman, S. J., Schumm, J. A., & Taft, C. T. (in press). Empirically-supported couple and family therapies for PTSD. In  M. J. Friedman, T. M. Keane, & P. A. Resick (Eds.), Handbook of PTSD: Science and practice. (2nd edition, pp. 330-358). New York, NY: Guilford.

Macdonald, A., Greene, C. J., Torres, J. G., Frueh, B. C., & Morland, L. A. (in press). Concordance between clinician-assessed and self-reported symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder across three ethnoracial groups. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0027313

Monson, C. M., Fredman, S. J., Macdonald, A., Pukay-Martin, N. D., Resick, P. A., & Schnurr, P. P. (2012). Effect of cognitive-behavioral couples therapy for PTSD: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of American Medical Association, 308, 700-9. doi: 10.1001/jama.2012.9307

Monson, C. M., Macdonald, A., Vorstenbosch, V., Shnaider, P., Goldstein, E. S. R., Ferrier-Auerbach, A. G., & Mocciola, K. E. (2012). Changes in social adjustment with cognitive processing therapy: Effects of treatment and association with PTSD symptom change. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 519-526. doi: 10.1002/jts.21735

Macdonald, A., Monson C. M., Doron-Lamarca S., Resick, P. A., & Palfai, T. P. (2011). Identifying patterns of symptom change during a randomized controlled trial of cognitive processing therapy for military-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24: 268-276. doi: 10.1002/jts.20642

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