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Lauren Sippel, PhD


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Lauren Sippel, PhD

Lauren Sippel, PhD Associate Director for Research

Associate Director for Research

Executive Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry


  • National Center for PTSD - Clinical Neurosciences Division/VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • The Pennsylvania State University, PhD, 2014
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center and G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center, Predoctoral Clinical Internship
  • Swarthmore College, BA, 2005

Expertise and Interests

  • Cognitive, emotional, and interpersonal functioning in PTSD
  • Mechanisms of general aggression and intimate partner violence perpetration
  • Psychosocial and pharmacological approaches for increasing social connectedness
  • Resilience and posttraumatic growth
  • Sex differences in PTSD and women's mental health

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

Awards and Honors

  • VA New England Healthcare System (VISN 1) Career Development Award
  • National Psychologist Trainee Register Credentialing Scholarship
  • Superior Teaching and Research Award--Penn State College of Liberal Arts

Selected Publications

Sippel, L.M., Allington, C.E., Pietrzak, R.H., Harpaz-Rotem, I., Mayes, L.C., & Olff, M. (2017). Oxytocin and stress-related disorders: Neurobiological mechanisms and treatment opportunities. Chronic Stress, 1, 1-15. Doi: 10.1177/2470547016687996.

Sippel, L. M., Mota, N. P., Kachadourian, L. K., Krystal, J. H., Southwick, S. M., Harpaz-Rotem, I., & Pietrzak, R. H. (2016). The burden of hostility in U.S. Veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. Psychiatry Research, 243, 421-430. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2016.06.040.

Sippel, L. M., Pietrzak, R. H., Charney, D. S., Mayes, L. C., & Southwick, S. M. (2015). How does social support enhance resilience in the trauma-exposed individual? Ecology and Society, 20, 10. doi:

Sippel, L. M., & Marshall, A. D. (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder and fear of emotions: The role of attentional control. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 26, 397-400. doi: 10.1002/jts.21806.

Sippel, L. M., & Marshall, A. D. (2011). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and intimate partner violence perpetration: Evidence for the role of shame processing bias. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 903-910. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.05.002.

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