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Yael Nillni, PhD


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Yael Nillni, PhD

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Women's Health Sciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


  • VA Boston Healthcare System, National Center for PTSD, Advanced Research Fellow in Women's Health, 2015
  • University of Vermont, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2012
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center/Veterans Affairs Medical Center Consortium, Clinical Psychology Internship, 2012
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, Psychology, BA, 2004

Expertise and Interests

  • Trauma and women's reproductive mental health
  • Impact of the menstrual cycle and its underlying neurobiology on PTSD course and treatment
  • Identification of gender-specific vulnerability-stress pathways in the pathogenesis of PTSD and comorbid disorders
  • Refinement of existing interventions to improve their effectiveness for women

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Awards and Honors

  • National Institute of Mental Health Dissertation Award
  • McNeil Prevention and Community Psychology Research Award
  • McNeil Prevention and Community Psychology Travel Award
  • Ronald Suiter Travel Award

Selected Publications

Nillni, Y. I., Wesselink, A. K., Gradus, J. L., Hatch, E. E., Rothman, K. J., Mikkelsen, E. M., & Wise, L. A. (2016). Depression, anxiety, and psychotropic medication use and fecundability. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 215(4), 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2016.04.022

Nillni, Y. I., Pineles, S. L., Patton, S., Rouse, M. H., Sawyer, A. T., & Rasmusson, A. (2015). Menstrual cycle effects on psychological symptoms in women with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28(1), 1-7. doi: 10.1002/jts.21984

Nillni, Y. I., Berenz, E. C., Pineles, S., Coffey, S. F., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2014). Anxiety sensitivity as a moderator of the association between premenstrual symptoms and posttraumatic stress disorder symptom severity Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6(2), 167-175. doi: 10.1037/a0032087

Nillni, Y. I., Rohan, K. J., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2012). The role of menstrual cycle phase and anxiety sensitivity in catastrophic misinterpretation of physical symptoms during a CO2 challenge. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 15(6), 413-422. doi: 10.1007/s00737-012-0302-2

Nillni, Y.I., Toufexis, D., & Rohan, K. J. (2011). Anxiety sensitivity, the menstrual cycle, and panic disorder: A putative neuroendocrine and psychological interaction. Clinical Psychology Review, 31(7), 1183-1191. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2011.07.006

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