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Shannon M. Kehle-Forbes, PhD


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Shannon M. Kehle-Forbes, PhD

Portrait of Shannon M. Kehle-Forbes, PhD

Research Investigator

Women's Health Sciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • University of Minnesota Medical School, Assistant Professor


  • Minneapolis VA Healthcare System, Associated Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2007
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, Psychology & Sociology, BA, 2000

Expertise and Interests

  • Clinical effectiveness of trauma-focused therapies for PTSD
  • Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for PTSD
  • Conditions often comorbid with PTSD (e.g. substance use disorders & traumatic brain injury)
  • Access to, and utilization of, mental health services
  • Gender differences in treatment seeking behaviors and preferences

Membership in Professional Societies

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

Awards and Honors

  • Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development Career Development Award

Selected Publications

Kehle-Forbes, S. M., Polusny, M. A., Erbes, C. R., & Gerould, H. (2014). Acceptability of prolonged exposure therapy among US Iraq War veterans with PTSD symptomology. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27(4), 483-487. doi: 10.1002/jts.21935

Kehle-Forbes, S. M., Drapkin, M. L., Foa, E. B., Koffel, E., Lynch, K. G., Polusny, M. A., Van Horn, D., Yusko, D. A., Charlesworth, M., Blasco, M., & Oslin, D. W. (2016). Study design, interventions, and baseline characteristics for the Substance use and TRauma Intervention for VEterans (STRIVE) trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 50, 45-53. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.07.017

Kehle-Forbes, S. M., Meis, L. A., Spoont, M. R., & Polusny, M. A. (2016). Treatment initiation and dropout from prolonged exposure and cognitive processing therapy in a VA outpatient clinic. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 8(1), 107. doi: 10.1037/tra0000065

Spoont, M. R., Williams, J. W., Kehle-Forbes, S., Nieuwsma, J. A., Mann-Wrobel, M. C., & Gross, R. (2015). Does this patient have posttraumatic stress disorder?: rational clinical examination systematic review. JAMA, 314(5), 501-510. doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.7877

Rosen, C. S., Matthieu, M. M., Stirman, S. W., Cook, J. M., Landes, S., Bernardy, N. C., Chard, K. M., Crowley, J. J., Eftekhari, A., Finley, E. P., Hamblen, J. L., Kehle-Forbes, S. M., Meis, L. A., Mott J. M., Rodriquez, A., Ruggiero, K. J., Ruzek, J. I., Smith, B. N., Trent, L. R., & Watts, B. V. (2016). A review of studies on the system-wide implementation of evidence-based psychotherapies for posttraumatic stress disorder in the Veterans Health Administration. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 43(6), 957-977. doi: 10.1007/s10488-016-0755-0

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