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Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD

TitleResearch Assistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University College of Arts and Sciences
DepartmentPsychological and Brain Sciences
Address648 Beacon Street
Boston MA 02215
Phone(617) 353-9610
Other Positions
TitleDirector
InstitutionUnified Protocol Institute

 Awards and Honors

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2016Association for Psychological Science: Rising Star of Clinical Science
2012-2016NIH Loan Repayment Program Award in Clinical Research
2010University of Kentucky Department of Psychology: Excellence in Clinical Service
2009University of Kentucky Department of Psychology: Predoctoral Research Award
2009University of Kentucky Department of Psychology: Scientist-Practitioner Award
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Sauer-Zavala received her Ph.D. In clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky. She completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University. Dr. Sauer-Zavala’s research is focused on identifying emotional factors that are important in the development and maintenance of a range of mental disorders. She is also interested in using information gleaned from her basic psychopathology research to develop streamlined, easily-disseminated interventions that directly target the factors that maintain disorder symptoms. In particular, Dr. Sauer-Zavala is interested in treatment development for borderline personality disorder.

Additionally, as the Director of Education and Training for the Unified Protocol, Dr. Sauer-Zavala is interested in identifying best practices for disseminating empirically-supported treatments.

 Publications
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  1. Sauer-Zavala S, Gutner CA, Farchione TJ, Boettcher HT, Bullis JR, Barlow DH. Current Definitions of "Transdiagnostic" in Treatment Development: A Search for Consensus. Behav Ther. 2017 Jan; 48(1):128-138. PMID: 28077216.
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  2. Tully PJ, Turnbull DA, Horowitz JD, Beltrame JF, Selkow T, Baune BT, Markwick E, Sauer-Zavala S, Baumeister H, Cosh S, Wittert GA. Cardiovascular Health in Anxiety or Mood Problems Study (CHAMPS): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016 Jan 11; 17:18. PMID: 26754447.
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  3. Brake CA, Sauer-Zavala S, Boswell JF, Gallagher MW, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. Mindfulness-Based Exposure Strategies as a Transdiagnostic Mechanism of Change: An Exploratory Alternating Treatment Design. Behav Ther. 2016 Mar; 47(2):225-38. PMID: 26956654.
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  4. Conklin LR, Cassiello-Robbins C, Brake CA, Sauer-Zavala S, Farchione TJ, Ciraulo DA, Barlow DH. Relationships among adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies and psychopathology during the treatment of comorbid anxiety and alcohol use disorders. Behav Res Ther. 2015 Oct; 73:124-30. PMID: 26310363.
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  5. Bentley KH, Cassiello-Robbins CF, Vittorio L, Sauer-Zavala S, Barlow DH. The association between nonsuicidal self-injury and the emotional disorders: A meta-analytic review. Clin Psychol Rev. 2015 Apr; 37:72-88. PMID: 25771494.
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  6. Sauer-Zavala S, Bentley KH, Wilner JG. Transdiagnostic Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and Comorbid Disorders: A Clinical Replication Series. J Pers Disord. 2016 Feb; 30(1):35-51. PMID: 25710737.
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  7. Thompson-Brenner H, Shingleton RM, Sauer-Zavala S, Richards LK, Pratt EM. Multiple measures of rapid response as predictors of remission in cognitive behavior therapy for bulimia nervosa. Behav Res Ther. 2015 Jan; 64:9-14. PMID: 25462877.
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  8. Thompson-Hollands J, Sauer-Zavala S, Barlow DH. CBT and the future of personalized treatment: a proposal. Depress Anxiety. 2014 Nov; 31(11):909-11. PMID: 25407579.
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  9. Bullis JR, Sauer-Zavala S, Bentley KH, Thompson-Hollands J, Carl JR, Barlow DH. The unified protocol for transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders: preliminary exploration of effectiveness for group delivery. Behav Modif. 2015 Mar; 39(2):295-321. PMID: 25316034.
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  10. Barlow DH, Ellard KK, Sauer-Zavala S, Bullis JR, Carl JR. The Origins of Neuroticism. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2014 Sep; 9(5):481-96. PMID: 26186755.
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  11. DeShong HL, Lengel GJ, Sauer-Zavala SE, O'Meara M, Mullins-Sweatt SN. Construct validity of the five factor borderline inventory. Assessment. 2015 Jun; 22(3):319-31. PMID: 25155158.
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  12. Sauer-Zavala S, Barlow DH. The case for borderline personality disorder as an emotional disorder: Implications for treatment. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. 2014; 21(2):118-138.
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  13. Barlow DH, Sauer-Zavala S, Carl JR, Bullis JR, Ellard KK. The nature, diagnosis, and treatment of neuroticism: Back to the Future?. Clinical Psychological Science. 2014; 2(3):344-365.
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  14. Carl JR, Gallagher MW, Sauer-Zavala SE, Bentley KH, Barlow DH. A preliminary investigation of the effects of the unified protocol on temperament. Compr Psychiatry. 2014 Aug; 55(6):1426-34. PMID: 24933653.
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  15. Sauer-Zavala S, Burris JL, Carlson CR. Understanding the relationship between religiousness, spirituality, and underage drinking: the role of positive alcohol expectancies. J Relig Health. 2014 Feb; 53(1):68-78. PMID: 22476690.
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  16. Sauer-Zavala S, Walsh EC, Eisenlohr-Moul TA, Lykins E. Comparing Mindfulness-based intervention strategies: Differential effects of sitting meditations, body scan and mindful yoga. Mindfulness. 2013; 4(4):383-388.
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  17. Sauer-Zavala SE, Geiger PJ, Baer RA. The effect of anger rumination in the relationship between borderline personality disorder symptoms and precursors. J Pers Disord. 2013 Aug; 27(4):465-72. PMID: 23586935.
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  18. Geiger PJ, Peters JR, Sauer-Zavala SE, Baer RA. Relationships among maladaptive cognitive content, dysfunctional cognitive processes, and borderline personality features. J Pers Disord. 2013 Aug; 27(4):457-64. PMID: 23586932.
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  19. Boswell JF, Farchione TJ, Sauer-Zavala S, Murray HW, Fortune MR, Barlow DH. Anxiety sensitivity and interoceptive exposure: a transdiagnostic construct and change strategy. Behav Ther. 2013 Sep; 44(3):417-31. PMID: 23768669.
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  20. Gallagher MW, Sauer-Zavala SE, Boswell JF, Carl JR, Bullis J, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. The Impact of the Unified Protocol for Emotional Disorders on Quality of Life. Int J Cogn Ther. 2013 Mar 1; 6(1). PMID: 24358405.
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  21. Boswell JF, Gallagher MW, Sauer-Zavala SE, Bullis J, Gorman JM, Shear MK, Woods S, Barlow DH. Patient characteristics and variability in adherence and competence in cognitive-behavioral therapy for panic disorder. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2013 Jun; 81(3):443-54. PMID: 23339537.
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  22. Sauer-Zavala S, Boswell JF, Gallagher MW, Bentley KH, Ametaj A, Barlow DH. The role of negative affectivity and negative reactivity to emotions in predicting outcomes in the unified protocol for the transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders. Behav Res Ther. 2012 Sep; 50(9):551-7. PMID: 22738907.
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  23. Boswell JF, Sauer-Zavala SE, Gallagher MW, Delgado NK, Barlow DH. Readiness to change as a moderator of outcome in transdiagnostic treatment. Psychother Res. 2012 Sep; 22(5):570-8. PMID: 22607634.
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  24. Mullins-Sweatt SN, Edmundson M, Sauer-Zavala S, Lynam DR, Miller JD, Widiger TA. Five-factor measure of borderline personality traits. J Pers Assess. 2012; 94(5):475-87. PMID: 22489634.
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  25. Baer RA, Peters JR, Eisenlohr-Moul TA, Geiger PJ, Sauer SE. Emotion-related cognitive processes in borderline personality disorder: a review of the empirical literature. Clin Psychol Rev. 2012 Jul; 32(5):359-69. PMID: 22561966.
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  26. Sauer SE, Baer RA. Ruminative and mindful self-focused attention in borderline personality disorder. Personal Disord. 2012 Oct; 3(4):433-41. PMID: 22452758.
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  27. Burris JL, Sauer SE, Carlson CR. A test of religious commitment and spiritual transcendence as independent predictors of underage alcohol abuse and alcohol-related problems. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 2011; 3(3):231-240.
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  28. Baer RA, Sauer SE. Relationships between depressive rumination, anger rumination, and borderline personality features. Personal Disord. 2011 Apr; 2(2):142-50. PMID: 22448733.
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  29. Brechting E, Salsman J, Brown T, Sauer SE, Holeman V, Carlson C. The role of religious beliefs and behaviors in predicting underage alcohol use. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. 2010; 19(4):324-334.
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  30. Sauer SE, Baer RA. Validation of measures of biosocial precursors to borderline personality disorder: childhood emotional vulnerability and environmental invalidation. Assessment. 2010 Dec; 17(4):454-66. PMID: 20644079.
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  31. Sauer SE, Burris JL, Carlson CR. New directions in the management of chronic pain: self-regulation theory as a model for integrative clinical psychology practice. Clin Psychol Rev. 2010 Aug; 30(6):805-14. PMID: 20619519.
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  32. Sauer SE, Baer RA. Mindfulness and decentering as mechanisms of change in acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions. In Baer, R. A. (Ed.), Assessing mindfulness and acceptance: Illuminating the processes of change. New Harbinger. 2010; 25-50.
  33. Baer RA, Sauer SE. Mindfulness and cognitive therapy: A commentary on Harrington and Pickles. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. 2009; 23(4):324-332.
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  34. Sauer SE, Baer RA. Responding to negative internal experience: Relationships between acceptance and change-based approaches and psychological adjustment. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 2009; 31(4):378-386.
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  35. Sauer SE, Baer RA. Relationships between thought suppression and symptoms of borderline personality disorder. J Pers Disord. 2009 Feb; 23(1):48-61. PMID: 19267661.
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  36. Baer RA, Smith GT, Lykins E, Button D, Krietemeyer J, Sauer S, Walsh E, Duggan D, Williams JM. Construct validity of the five facet mindfulness questionnaire in meditating and nonmeditating samples. Assessment. 2008 Sep; 15(3):329-42. PMID: 18310597.
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