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Tracie Shea, PhD



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Tracie Shea, PhD

Tracie Shea, PhD

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Brown University
Providence VA Medical Center


Dr. Shea received her Ph.D. in psychology from Catholic University in 1981. She was formerly at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she was chief of the Personality Disorders Program, and Associate Coordinator of the NIMH Treatment of Depression Collaborative Research Program.

Currently, she is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, and a staff psychologist at the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Clinic and Director of PTSD Research at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She was a member of the Work Group on Personality Disorders for the DSM-IV; is a former president of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, and former member of the council of the Association for Clinical Psychosocial Research.

She currently serves as a standing member of the NIMH Interventions Committee for adult disorders. She was associate editor of the Journal of Personality Disorders from 1995 to 2009, and has served on several other editorial boards. Her research in PTSD includes two studies funded by the Department of Defense including a treatment development study to adapt an intervention for PTSD-related anger problems in veterans of the Iraq war, and a longitudinal study examining the early course of PTSD symptoms and predictors of chronic PTSD in veterans of the Iraq war.

She was previously a training site PI for two multi-site clinical trials of treatments for PTSD funded by the VA Cooperative Studies Program, including one comparing trauma focused and present centered group therapy. She developed a manual for the present-centered group therapy and oversaw its implementation at 10 participating VA sites. Dr. Shea has authored numerous publications in the areas of personality traits and disorders, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

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