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Yael Nillni, PhD

Yael Nillni, PhD

Portrait of Yael Nillni, PhD


Women's Health Sciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Psychiatry


  • VA Boston Healthcare System, National Center for PTSD, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Women's Mental 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

  • The effects of trauma, PTSD, and comorbid conditions on women's reproductive transitions (menstrual cycle, pregnancy, postpartum, fertility)
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Treatment of PTSD and comorbid disorders during the perinatal period

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Marce of North America
  • The International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health

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., Shayani, D. R., Finley, E., Copeland, L. A., Perkins, D. F., & Vogt, D. (2020). The impact of PTSD and moral injury on women veterans' perinatal outcomes following separation from military service. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 33(3), 248-256. doi: 10.1002/jts.22509

Katon, J. G., Gerber, M. R., Nillni, Y. I., & Patton, E. W. (2020). Consequences of military sexual trauma for perinatal mental health: How do we improve care for pregnant Veterans with a history of sexual trauma? Journal of Women's Health, 29(1), 5-6. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2019.8154

Nillni, Y. I., Mehralizade, A., Mayor, L., & Milanovic, S. (2018). Treatment of depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders during the perinatal period: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 66, 136-148. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2018.06.004

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

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