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Jennifer J. Vasterling, PhD

Jennifer J. Vasterling, PhD

Portrait of Jennifer J. Vasterling, PhD

Affiliated Investigator

Behavioral Science Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry
  • Harvard Medical School, Lecturer in Psychiatry


  • Boston VA Medical Center, Neuropsychology, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1989-1991
  • Boston VA Medical Center, Clinical (Neuro)Psychology, Internship, 1988-1989
  • Vanderbilt University, Psychology, PhD, 1988
  • Louisiana State University, Psychology, BS, 1984

Expertise and Interests

  • Deployment mental health outcomes
  • Neuropsychological and information processing correlates of PTSD
  • Application of longitudinal methods to examine trauma-related mental health outcomes

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • American Psychological Association (Fellow)
  • International Neuropsychological Society

Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, Division 56, American Psychological Association
  • Major Contributor Award, VA South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
  • Best Publication by a Senior Investigator, VA South Central MIRECC

Selected Publications

Jacobs, S., Dodge, C. P., & Vasterling, J. J. (2019). Posttraumatic stress disorder and neurocognition: A bidirectional relationship? Clinical Psychology Review. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2019.101747

Vasterling, J. J., Aslan, M., Lee, L. O., Proctor, S. P., Ko, J., Jacob, S., & Concato, J. (2018). Longitudinal associations among PTSD symptoms, TBI, and neurocognitive functioning in Army soldiers deployed to the Iraq War. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 34, 311-323.

Brailey, K., Mills, M. A., Marx, B. P., Proctor, S. P., Seal, K. H., Spiro, A. III, Ulloa, E. W., & Vasterling, J. J. (2018). Prospective examination of early associations of Iraq warzone deployment, combat severity, and PTSD with new incident medical diagnoses. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 31,102-113.

Vasterling, J. J., Jacob, S., Rasmusson, A. (2018). Traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder: Conceptual, diagnostic, and therapeutic considerations in the context of co-occurrence. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 30(2), 91-100.

Vasterling, J. J., Aslan, M., Proctor, S. P., Ko, J., Marx, B. P., Jakupcak, M., Schnurr, P. P., Gleason, T., Huang, G. D., & Concato, J. (2016). Longitudinal examination of posttraumatic stress disorder as a long-term outcome of Iraq War deployment. American Journal of Epidemiology, 184(11), 796-805.

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