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Paula P. Schnurr, PhD

Paula P. Schnurr, PhD

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Executive Director

Executive Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (formerly Dartmouth Medical School), Professor of Psychiatry


  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Department of Psychiatry, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1985
  • Dartmouth College, Experimental Psychology, PhD, 1984
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Psychology, BA, 1976

Expertise and Interests

  • Treatment
  • Effects of trauma on quality of life
  • Effects of trauma on physical health
  • Clinical trials research methods

Membership in Professional Societies

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

Awards and Honors

  • Robert J. Laufer Award for Scientific Achievement, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Scientific Achievement Award, Division 56, American Psychological Association
  • Health Breakthrough Award, Ladies Home Journal

Selected Publications

Schnurr, P.P., & Lunney, C.A. (2016). Symptom benchmarks of improved quality of life in PTSD. Depression and Anxiety, 33, 247-255. doi: 10.1002/da.22477

Schnurr, P.P., & Lunney, C.A. (2015). Differential effects of Prolonged Exposure on posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in female veterans. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 1154-1160. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000031

Schnurr, P.P., Chard, K.M., Ruzek, J.I., Chow, B.K., Shih, M.-C., Resick, P.A., Foa, E.B., Marx, B.P., Huang, G.D., & Lu, Y. (2015). Design of VA Cooperative Study #591: CERV-PTSD, Comparative effectiveness research in veterans with PTSD. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 41, 75-84. doi: 0.1016/j.cct.2014.11.017

Watts, B.V., Schnurr, P.P., Zayed, M., Young-Xu, Y., Stender, P., & Llewellyn-Thomas, H. (2015). A randomized controlled clinical trial of a patient decision aid for posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychiatric Services, 66, 149-154. doi: 10.1176/

Schnurr, P.P., Friedman, M.J., Oxman, T.E., Dietrich, A.J., Smith, M.W., Shiner, B., Forshay, E., Gui, J., & Thurston, V. (2013). RESPECT-PTSD: Reengineering systems for the primary care treatment of PTSD, a randomized controlled trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28, 32-40. doi:10.1007/s11606-012-2166-6

Monson, C.M., Fredman, S.J., Macdonald A., Pukay-Martin, N.D., Resick, P.A., & Schnurr, P.P. (2012). Effect of cognitive-behavioral couples therapy for PTSD: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 308, 700-709. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.9307

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Also see: VA Mental Health