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Nicholas Livingston, PhD

Nicholas Livingston, PhD

Portrait of Nicholas Livingston, PhD

Principal Investigator

Behavioral Science Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


  • VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment, 2019
  • VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, Predoctoral Internship, 2017
  • University of Montana, Missoula, MT, Clinical Psychology, Ph.D., 2017
  • University of Montana, Missoula, MT, Clinical Psychology, M.A., 2014
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Summa Cum Laude, Psychology and substance use counseling, B.S., 2010

Expertise and Interests

  • Substance use, PTSD, and their co-occurrence
  • Trauma and minority stress among marginalized groups (e.g., LGBT)
  • Mental health and treatment disparities
  • Intervention technologies (e.g., Mobile and Web-based interventions)

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol & Other Drugs (INEBRIA)

Awards and Honors

  • Malyon-Smith Research Award (APA, Div. 44)
  • Bertha Morton Research Award

Selected Publications

Livingston, N.A., Shingleton, R., Heilman, M., Brief, D. (2019). Self-help smartphone applications for alcohol use, PTSD, anxiety, and depression: Addressing the new research-practice gap. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, 4(2), 139-151. doi: 10.1007/241347-019-00099-6

Livingston, N.A., Berke, D.S., Ruben, M.A., Matza, A.R., Shipherd, J.C. (2019). Experiences of trauma, discrimination, microaggressions, and minority stress among trauma-exposed LGBT veterans: Unexpected findings and unresolved service gaps. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, epub ahead of print. doi:

Livingston, N.A., Flentje, A., Heck, N.C., Szalda-Petree, A., Cochran, B. (2017). Ecological momentary assessment of daily discrimination experiences and nicotine, alcohol, and drug use among sexual and gender minority individuals. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(12), 1131-1143. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000252

Livingston, N.A., Christianson, N., & Cochran, B. (2016). Minority stress, psychological distress, and alcohol misuse among sexual minority young adults: A resiliency-based conditional process analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 63, 125-131. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.07.011

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