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Jennifer Schuster Wachen, PhD

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Jennifer Schuster Wachen, PhD

Portrait of Jennifer Schuster

Clinical Research Psychologist

Women's Health Sciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Psychiatry


  • VA Boston Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Medical Psychology, Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008
  • University of Connecticut, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2007
  • University of Connecticut, Clinical Psychology, MA, 2005
  • Boston College, Biology and Psychology, BS, 1998

Expertise and Interests

  • Evaluation of treatment interventions (e.g., Cognitive Processing Therapy) for PTSD and comorbid conditions in active duty military
  • Risk and resilience factors for PTSD and posttraumatic growth
  • The relationship between trauma and physical health
  • Effects of trauma and PTSD on psychosocial functioning

Membership in Professional Societies

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

Selected Publications

Wachen, J.S., Dondanville, K.A., Evans, W.R, Morris, K., & Cole, A. (2019). Adjusting the timeframe of evidence-based therapies for PTSD-massed treatments. Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry. 6, 107-118. DOI 10.1007/s40501-019-00169-9

Wachen, J. S., Dondanville, K. A., Young-McCaughan, S., Mintz, J., Lapiz-Bluhm, M. D., Pruiksma, K. E., Yarvis, J. S., Peterson, A. L., & Resick, P. A.; for the STRONG STAR Consortium. (2019). Testing a variable-length cognitive processing therapy intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder in active duty military: Design and methodology of a clinical trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 15, 100381.

Resick, P. A., Wachen, J. S., Dondanville, K. A., *Pruiksma, K. E., Yarvis, J. S., Mintz, J., Peterson, A. L., & the STRONG STAR Consortium. (2017). Effect of group vs. individual Cognitive Processing Therapy in active-duty military seeking treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Psychiatry, 74(1), 28-36.

Wachen, J. S., Dondanville, K. A., Pruiksma, K. A., Molino, A., Carson, C. S., Blankenship, A. E., Wilkinson, C., Yarvis, J. S., & Resick, P. A. (2016). Implementing cognitive processing therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder with active duty U.S. military personnel: Special considerations and case examples. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 23, 133-147. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2015.08.007

Resick, P. A., Wachen, J. S., Mintz, J., Young-McCaughan, S., Roache, J. D., Borah, A. M., Peterson, A.L., & The STRONG STAR Consortium. (2015, May 4). A randomized clinical trial of group cognitive processing therapy compared to group present centered therapy for PTSD among active duty personnel. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 1058-1068.

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