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Barbara Niles, PhD

Barbara Niles, PhD

Principal Investigator

Behavioral Science Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Assistant 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 alternative medicine 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

Reid, K. F., Banurru, R., Wang, C., Mori, D. L., Niles, B. L. (2019). The effects of Tai Chi mind-body approach on the mechanisms of Gulf War Illness: An umbrella review. Integrative Medicine Research, 8, 167-172. Doi:10.1016/j.imr.2019.05.003.

Niles, B. L., Mori, D.L., Polizzi, C., Pless Kaiser, A., Weinstein, E. S., Gershkovich, M., & Wang, C. (2018). Systematic review of randomized trials of mind-body interventions for PTSD. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 20, 1-24.

Niles, B. L., Polizzi, C. P., Voelkel, E., Weinstein, E. S., Smidt, K. & Fisher, L. M. (2018). Initiation, dropout, and outcome from evidence-based psychotherapies in a VA PTSD outpatient clinic. Psychological Services, 496-502. doi:10.1037/ser0000175

Ellison, M. L., Belanger, L. K., Niles, B. L., Evans, L., Bauer, M. S. (2016). Explication and definition of mental health recovery: A systematic review. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 45, 91-102. doi:10.1007/s10488-016-0767-9

Niles, B. L., Mori, D. L., Polizzi, C. P., Pless Kaiser, A., Ledoux, A. M., & Wang, C. (2016). Feasibility, qualitative findings and satisfaction of a brief tai chi mind-body programme for veterans with post-traumatic stress symptoms. BMJ Open, 6(11) doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012464

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