Brett T. Litz, PhD
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

PhD, State University of New York at Binghamton
MA, State University of New York at Binghamton
BA, Stony Brook University

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. 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.

Dr. Litz recent work entails the development and validation of a new measure of moral injury as a multidimensional outcome (the Moral Injury Outcome Scale; a public domain scale available by emailing Dr. Litz) and conducing a VA funded multisite clinical trial testing an expanded version of Adaptive Disclosure on Veterans with PTSD. Adaptive Disclosure is a flexible multidimensional psychotherapy that employs different strategies to target threat-based, loss-related, and moral injury-related trauma ( . Dr. Litz has over 370 peer reviewed publications is a fellow of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychopathological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.

VA Boston Healthcare System

Program Evaluation of Veterans Healing Veterans from the Inside Out
11/01/2022 - 11/30/2025 (PI)
Veterans Transition Center

Internet-based Psychotherapies for PTSD Symptoms in WTC Responders
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai HHS CDC NIOSH

Moral Injury Outcomes
09/01/2018 - 03/31/2021 (PI)
The University of Melbourne

Personnel agreement for research services of Brett Litz
09/01/2013 - 08/31/2014 (Subcontract 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

South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience (STRONG STAR)

The Assessment Core of the South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience - Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (STRONG-STAR)

Adaptive Disclosure: A Combat-Specific PTSD Treatment

Psychosocial Rehabilitation after Moral Injury and Loss with Adaptive Disclosure

CAP-Assessment Core Boston

Internet-based Psychotherapies for PTSD Symptoms in WTC Responders

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2023 The Prevalence and Functional Impact of Moral Injury in Veterans 1I01RX003915-01A2
2021 Psychosocial Rehabilitation after Moral Injury and Loss with Adaptive Disclosure 5I01RX002135-05 1
2020 Psychosocial Rehabilitation after Moral Injury and Loss with Adaptive Disclosure 5I01RX002135-04 1
2019 Psychosocial Rehabilitation after Moral Injury and Loss with Adaptive Disclosure 5I01RX002135-03 1
2019 CAP-Assessment Core Boston 5I01CX001134-06
2018 Psychosocial Rehabilitation after Moral Injury and Loss with Adaptive Disclosure 5I01RX002135-02 1
2018 CAP-Assessment Core Boston 5I01CX001134-05
2017 Psychosocial Rehabilitation after Moral Injury and Loss with Adaptive Disclosure 1I01RX002135-01A2 1
2017 CAP-Assessment Core Boston 5I01CX001134-04
2016 CAP-Assessment Core Boston 5I01CX001134-03
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  1. Monson CM, Pukay-Martin ND, Wagner AC, Crenshaw AO, Blount TH, Schobitz RP, Dondanville KA, Young-McCaughan S, Mintz J, Riggs DS, Brundige A, Hembree EA, Litz BT, Roache JD, Yarvis JS, Peterson AL. Cognitive-behavioural conjoint therapy versus prolonged exposure for PTSD in military service members and veterans: results and lessons from a randomized controlled trial. Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2024; 15(1):2330305. PMID: 38590124; DOI: 10.1080/20008066.2024.2330305;
  2. Feder A, Kowalchyk ML, Brinkman HR, Cahn L, Aaronson CJ, Böttche M, Presseau C, Fred-Torres S, Markowitz JC, Litz BT, Yehuda R, Knaevelsrud C, Pietrzak RH. Randomized controlled trial of two internet-based written therapies for world trade center workers and survivors with persistent PTSD symptoms. Psychiatry Res. 2024 Jun; 336:115885. PMID: 38603979
  3. Litz BT, Yeterian J, Berke D, Lang AJ, Gray MJ, Nienow T, Frankfurt S, Harris JI, Maguen S, Rusowicz-Orazem L. A controlled trial of adaptive disclosure-enhanced to improve functioning and treat posttraumatic stress disorder. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2024 Mar; 92(3):150-164. PMID: 38358703
  4. Fredman SJ, Le Y, Monson CM, Mogle JA, Macdonald A, Blount TH, Hall-Clark BN, Fina BA, Dondanville KA, Mintz J, Litz BT, Young-McCaughan S, Yarvis JS, Keane TM, Peterson AL. Pretreatment relationship characteristics predict outcomes from an uncontrolled trial of intensive, multicouple group PTSD treatment. J Fam Psychol. 2024 Apr; 38(3):502-509.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38330322; DOI: 10.1037/fam0001185;
  5. Bryan CJ, Butner JE, Tabares JV, Brown LA, Young-McCaughan S, Hale WJ, Litz BT, Yarvis JS, Fina BA, Foa EB, Resick PA, Peterson AL. A dynamical systems analysis of change in PTSD symptoms, depression symptoms, and suicidal ideation among military personnel during treatment for PTSD. J Affect Disord. 2024 Apr 01; 350:125-132. PMID: 38220099
  6. Houle SA, Ein N, Gervasio J, Plouffe RA, Litz BT, Carleton RN, Hansen KT, Liu JJW, Ashbaugh AR, Callaghan W, Thompson MM, Easterbrook B, Smith-MacDonald L, Rodrigues S, Bélanger SAH, Bright K, Lanius RA, Baker C, Younger W, Bremault-Phillips S, Hosseiny F, Richardson JD, Nazarov A. Measuring moral distress and moral injury: A systematic review and content analysis of existing scales. Clin Psychol Rev. 2024 Mar; 108:102377. PMID: 38218124
  7. Moring JC, Peterson AL, Straud CL, Ortman J, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, McGeary CA, McGeary DD, Litz BT, Macdonald A, Roache JD, Resick PA, For The Strong Star Consortium. The interactions between patient preferences, expectancies, and stigma contribute to posttraumatic stress disorder treatment outcomes. J Trauma Stress. 2023 Dec; 36(6):1126-1137. PMID: 37883128; DOI: 10.1002/jts.22982;
  8. Pruiksma KE, Taylor DJ, Wachen JS, Straud CL, Hale WJ, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL, Yarvis JS, Borah EV, Dondanville KA, Litz BT, Resick PA. Self-reported sleep problems in active-duty US Army personnel receiving posttraumatic stress disorder treatment in group or individual formats: secondary analysis of a randomized clinical trial. J Clin Sleep Med. 2023 Aug 01; 19(8):1389-1398. PMID: 36988304; DOI: 10.5664/jcsm.10584;
  9. Benfer N, Grunthal B, Dondanville KA, Young-McCaughan S, Blankenship A, Abdallah CG, Back SE, Flanagan J, Foa EB, Fox PT, Krystal JH, Marx BP, McGeary DD, McLean CP, Pruiksma KE, Resick PA, Roache JD, Shiroma P, Sloan DM, Taylor DJ, Wachen JS, López-Roca AL, Nicholson KL, Schobitz RP, Schrader CC, Sharrieff AM, Yarvis JS, Mintz J, Keane TM, Peterson AL, Litz BT. DSM-5 criterion-a-based trauma types in service members and veterans seeking treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychol Trauma. 2023 Jul 06.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37410416; DOI: 10.1037/tra0001537;
  10. McGeary CA, Morland LA, Resick PA, Straud CL, Moring JC, Sohn MJ, Mackintosh MA, Young-McCaughan S, Acierno R, Rauch SAM, Mintz J, McGeary DD, Wells SY, Grubbs K, Nabity PS, McMahon CJ, Litz BT, Velligan DI, Macdonald A, Mata-Galan E, Holliday SL, Dillon KH, Roache JD, Peterson AL. Impact and efficiency of treatment across two PTSD clinical trials comparing in-person and telehealth service delivery formats. Psychol Serv. 2024 Feb; 21(1):73-81. PMID: 37347913
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