Brett T. Litz, PhD
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Psychiatry

PhD, State University of New York at Binghamton
MA, State University of New York at Binghamton

Dr. Litz is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological and Brain Sciences and is also the Director of the Mental Health Core of the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is principal investigator on various research projects funded by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Litz is internationally recognized as an expert on PTSD, military trauma, and the early intervention and treatment of trauma, traumatic loss, and moral injury. He also evaluates the mental health outcomes associated with military deployments across the lifespan and develops and validates assessment instruments to evaluate PTSD and moral injury.

Dr. Litz’s recent work entails evaluations of the psychiatric, psychological, social, and spiritual impact of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars among active-duty military personnel and veterans and conducting clinical trials of a psychotherapy developed by Dr. Litz and his colleagues called Adaptive Disclosure ( that targets warzone trauma, loss, and moral injury. He has 300 publications and has authored three books. Dr. Litz is also a fellow of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychopathological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science, and he is a former member of the Psychological Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board. He has also been a member of various special committees sponsored by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

VA Boston Healthcare System

Internet-based Psychotherapies for PTSD Symptoms in WTC Responders
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2019 (PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai HHS CDC NIOSH

Moral Injury Outcomes
09/01/2018 - 03/31/2019 (PI)
University of Melbourne

Personnel agreement for research services of Brett Litz
09/01/2013 - 08/31/2014 (PI)
Boston VA Research Institute, Inc. Dept of Defense

Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Victims of Mass Violence
06/01/2002 - 05/31/2005 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
5 R01 MH66589 02

The Parameters of Emotional Processing in PTSD
08/29/2001 - 10/31/2004 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
5 R01 MH61256 03

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2018 Psychosocial Rehabilitation after Moral Injury and Loss with Adaptive Disclosure 5I01RX002135-02
2018 CAP-Assessment Core Boston 5I01CX001134-05
2017 Psychosocial Rehabilitation after Moral Injury and Loss with Adaptive Disclosure 1I01RX002135-01A2
2017 CAP-Assessment Core Boston 5I01CX001134-04
2016 CAP-Assessment Core Boston 5I01CX001134-03
2015 CAP-Assessment Core Boston 5I01CX001134-02
2014 CAP-Assessment Core Boston 1I01CX001134-01
2010 Internet-based Self-Management Intervention for Prolonged Grief 5R34MH079884-03 1
2009 Internet-based Self-Management Intervention for Prolonged Grief 5R34MH079884-02 1
2008 Internet-based Self-Management Intervention for Prolonged Grief 1R34MH079884-01A1 1
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  1. Griffin BJ, Purcell N, Burkman K, Litz BT, Bryan CJ, Schmitz M, Villierme C, Walsh J, Maguen S. Moral Injury: An Integrative Review. J Trauma Stress. 2019 Jan 28. PMID: 30688367.
  2. Peterson AL, Baker MT, Moore CBA, Hale WJ, Joseph JS, Straud CL, Lancaster CL, McNally RJ, Isler WC, Litz BT, Mintz J. Deployed Military Medical Personnel: Impact of Combat and Healthcare Trauma Exposure. Mil Med. 2019 Jan 01; 184(1-2):e133-e142. PMID: 29931192.
  3. Berke DS, Yeterian J, Presseau C, Rusowicz-Orazem L, Kline NK, Nash WP, Litz BT. Dynamic changes in marines' reports of PTSD symptoms and problem alcohol use across the deployment cycle. Psychol Addict Behav. 2019 Mar; 33(2):162-170. PMID: 30570268.
  4. Zang Y, Gay NG, Kaczkurkin AN, McLean CP, Wachen JS, Yarvis JS, Litz BT, Yadin E, Mintz J, Roache JD, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL, Foa EB, Resick PA. Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of the Peritraumatic and Posttraumatic Emotions Questionnaires Among Active Duty Military Personnel With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. J Trauma Stress. 2018 Dec; 31(6):826-836. PMID: 30548330.
  5. Ben Barnes J, Presseau C, Jordan AH, Kline NK, Young-McCaughan S, Keane TM, Peterson AL, Litz BT. Common Data Elements in the Assessment of Military-Related PTSD Research Applied in the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD. Mil Med. 2018 Sep 25.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30252077.
  6. Brown LA, Clapp JD, Kemp JJ, Yarvis JS, Dondanville KA, Litz BT, Mintz J, Roache JD, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL, Foa EB. The pattern of symptom change during prolonged exposure therapy and present-centered therapy for PTSD in active duty military personnel. Psychol Med. 2018 Sep 17; 1-10. PMID: 30220261.
  7. Back SE, Flanagan JC, Jones JL, Augur I, Peterson AL, Young-McCaughan S, Shirley DW, Henschel A, Joseph JE, Litz BT, Hancock AK, Roache JD, Mintz J, Wachen JS, Keane TM, Brady KT. Doxazosin for the treatment of co-occurring PTSD and alcohol use disorder: Design and methodology of a randomized controlled trial in military veterans. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 Oct; 73:8-15.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30145268.
  8. Peterson AL, Foa EB, Blount TH, McLean CP, Shah DV, Young-McCaughan S, Litz BT, Schobitz RP, Castillo DT, Rentz TO, Yarvis JS, Dondanville KA, Fina BA, Hall-Clark BN, Brown LA, DeBeer BR, Jacoby VM, Hancock AK, Williamson DE, Evans WR, Synett S, Straud C, Hansen HR, Meyer EC, Javors MA, Sharrieff AM, Lara-Ruiz J, Koch LM, Roache JD, Mintz J, Keane TM. Intensive prolonged exposure therapy for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder: Design and methodology of a randomized clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 Sep; 72:126-136.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30055335.
  9. Schorr Y, Stein NR, Maguen S, Barnes JB, Bosch J, Litz BT. Sources of moral injury among war veterans: A qualitative evaluation. J Clin Psychol. 2018 Dec; 74(12):2203-2218. PMID: 29984839.
  10. Bhalla A, Allen E, Renshaw K, Kenny J, Litz B. Emotional numbing symptoms partially mediate the association between exposure to potentially morally injurious experiences and sexual anxiety for male service members. J Trauma Dissociation. 2018 Jul-Sep; 19(4):417-430. PMID: 29601288.
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