Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Dept of Psychological and Brain Sciences

PhD, University of Kentucky
MS, University of Kentucky

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.

Unified Protocol Institute

2016 Association for Psychological Science: Rising Star of Clinical Science
2012-2016 NIH Loan Repayment Program Award in Clinical Research
2010 University of Kentucky Department of Psychology: Excellence in Clinical Service
2009 University of Kentucky Department of Psychology: Predoctoral Research Award
2009 University of Kentucky Department of Psychology: Scientist-Practitioner Award

Isolating Mechanisms in the Treatment of Borderline Personality disorder
09/15/2015 - 08/31/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

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  1. Barlow DH, Farchione TJ, Bullis JR, Gallagher MW, Murray-Latin H, Sauer-Zavala S, Bentley KH, Thompson-Hollands J, Conklin LR, Boswell JF, Ametaj A, Carl JR, Boettcher HT, Cassiello-Robbins C. The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders Compared With Diagnosis-Specific Protocols for Anxiety Disorders: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Sep 01; 74(9):875-884.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28768327.
  2. Bentley KH, Nock MK, Sauer-Zavala S, Gorman BS, Barlow DH. A functional analysis of two transdiagnostic, emotion-focused interventions on nonsuicidal self-injury. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2017 Jun; 85(6):632-646. PMID: 28394171; DOI: 10.1037/ccp0000205;.
  3. Bentley KH, Sauer-Zavala S, Cassiello-Robbins CF, Conklin LR, Vento S, Homer D. Treating Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Within an Emotional Disorders Framework: Acceptability and Feasibility of the Unified Protocol in an Inpatient Setting. Behav Modif. 2017 Jul; 41(4):529-557. PMID: 28629272.
  4. Au TM, Sauer-Zavala S, King MW, Petrocchi N, Barlow DH, Litz BT. Compassion-Based Therapy for Trauma-Related Shame and Posttraumatic Stress: Initial Evaluation Using a Multiple Baseline Design. Behav Ther. 2017 Mar; 48(2):207-221.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28270331; DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2016.11.012;.
  5. Sauer-Zavala S, Cassiello-Robbins C, Conklin LR, Bullis JR, Thompson-Hollands J, Kennedy KA. Isolating the Unique Effects of the Unified Protocol Treatment Modules Using Single Case Experimental Design. Behav Modif. 2017 Mar; 41(2):286-307.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28198196; DOI: 10.1177/0145445516673827;.
  6. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28077216; DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2016.09.004;.
  7. 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; PMCID: PMC4707770; DOI: 10.1186/s13063-015-1109-z;.
  8. 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; DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2015.10.008;.
  9. 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; PMCID: PMC4573351; DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2015.08.001;.
  10. 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; DOI: 10.1016/j.cpr.2015.02.006;.
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