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Anica Pless Kaiser, PhD


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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, 2002

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., Kabot, D., Spiro III, A., Davison, E., & Stellman. J. (2017). Women at war: The crucible of Vietnam. Social Science and Medicine: Population Health, 3, 236-244.

Pless Kaiser, A., Wang, J., Davison, E. H., Park, C. L., & Stellman, J. M. (2017). Stressful and Positive Experiences of Women who Served in Vietnam. Journal of Women & Aging, 29, 26-38.

Davison, E., Pless Kaiser, A., Spiro, A. III, King, L., King, D., & Moye, J. (2016). Later Adulthood Trauma Reengagement (LATR) among aging combat veterans. The Gerontologist, 56, 14-21.

Pless Kaiser, A., Seligowski, A., Spiro, A., III, & Chopra, M. P. (2016). Health status and treatment-seeking stigma in older adults with trauma and PTSD. JRRD, 53, 391-402.

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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