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Barbara Niles, PhD


Barbara Niles, PhD

Barbara Niles, PhD

Principal Investigator

Behavioral Science Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Psychiatry


  • Boston VA Medical Center, National Center for PTSD, Clinical Psychology Fellow, 1993
  • Tufts University School of Medicine/Boston VA Medical Center, Predoctoral Internship 1991
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 1993
  • Harvard University, Psychology and Social Relations, A.B., 1982

Expertise and Interests

  • Evaluation of complementary and integrative health approaches in the treatment of PTSD
  • Health and lifestyle behaviors in individuals with PTSD and stress-related problems
  • Telehealth delivery of behavioral treatments

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Psychological Science

Selected Publications

Niles, B. L., Grossman, S., McQuade, M., Grossman, D., Pless Kaiser, A., Muccio, B., Warner, B., Wang, C., & Mori, D. L. (2023). Study protocol for a revised randomized trial: Remotely delivered Tai chi and wellness for Gulf War illness. Contemporary Clinical Trials,125,107045.

Gutner, C. A., Song, J., Canale, C. A., Suvak, M. K., Litwack, S. D., Niles, B. L., & Stirman, S. W. (2022). A pilot randomized effectiveness trial of the unified protocol in trauma-exposed Veterans. Depression and Anxiety, 39, 813-823.

Williston, S. K., Kruepke, M., Grossman, D., Litwack, S., & Niles, B. L. (2022). Exploring modifications to individual trauma-focused PTSD treatments in a routine care setting: An examination of medical records at a Veterans Health Administration PTSD clinic. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 29(4), 874-882.

Niles, B. L., Reid, K., Whitworth, J. W., Alligood, E., Williston, S. K., Grossman, D. H., McQuade, M., & Mori, D. L. (2022). Tai chi and qigong for trauma exposed populations: A systematic review. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 22,100449. https://doi:10.1016/j.mhpa.2022.100449

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Also see: VA Mental Health