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Suzanne Pineles, PhD

Suzanne Pineles, PhD

Portrait of Suzanne Pineles

Clinical Research Psychologist

Women's Health Sciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Associate Professor


  • VA Boston Healthcare System, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2004
  • Northwestern University, Clinical, Psychology, PhD, 2003
  • Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology, Predoctoral Psychology Intern, 2003
  • Northwestern University, Clinical Psychology, MS, 2000
  • University of Pennsylvania, psychology, BA, 1997

Expertise and Interests

  • Psychophysiology of PTSD
  • Stress reactivity across the menstrual cycle
  • Fear conditioning
  • Biological mechanisms contributing to enhancing PTSD effectiveness

Membership in Professional Societies

  • International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies

Selected Publications

Pineles, S. L., Nillni, Y. I., Pinna, G., Webb, A., Arditte Hall, K. A., Fonda, J. R., Irvine, J., King, M. W., Hauger, R. L., Resick, P. A., Orr, S. P., & Rasmusson, A. M. (2020). Associations between PTSD-Related Extinction Retention Deficits in Women and Plasma Steroids that Modulate Brain GABAA and NMDA Receptor Activity. Neurobiology of Stress, 13, 100225. doi: 10.1016/j.ynstr.2020.100225

Pineles, S. L., Nillni, Y.I., Pinna, G., Irvine, J., Webb, A., Arditte Hall, K. A., Hauger, R., Miller, M.W., Resick, P.A., Orr, S.P., & Rasmusson, A.M. (2018). PTSD in women is associated with a block in conversion of progesterone to the GABAergic neurosteroids allopregnanolone and pregnanolone measured in plasma. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 93, 133-141.doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.04.024

Pineles, S. L., Arditte Hall, K. A., & Rasmusson, A. M. (2017). Gender and PTSD: Different pathways to a similar phenotype. Current Opinions in Psychology, 14, 44-48. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.11.002

Pineles, S. L., Blumenthal, T. D., Curreri, A. J., Nillni, Y. I., Putnam, K. M., Resick, P. A. Rasmusson, A. M., & Orr, S. P. (2016). Prepulse inhibition deficits in women with PTSD. Psychophysiology, 53, 1377-1385. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12679

Pineles, S. L., Nillni, Y. I., King, M. W., Patton, S. C., Bauer, M. R., Mostoufi, S. M., Gerber, M. R., Hauger, R., Resick, P. A., Rasmusson, A. M., & Orr, S. P. (2016). Extinction retention and the menstrual cycle: Different associations for women with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125, 349-355. doi: 10.1037/abn0000138

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