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 - 08/31/2018 (PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai HHS CDC NIOSH

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
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
2007 Coping with the Threat of Terror 5R21MH074501-02 2
2006 Coping with the Threat of Terror 1R21MH074501-01A1 2
2006 Emotional-Processing in Borderline Personality Disorder 5R21MH069444-03 2
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  1. 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.
  2. Taylor DJ, Peterson AL, Pruiksma KE, Hale WJ, Young-McCaughan S, Wilkerson A, Nicholson K, Litz BT, Dondanville KA, Roache JD, Borah EV, Brundige A, Mintz J. Impact of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Disorder on Sleep and Comorbid Symptoms in Military Personnel: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Sleep. 2018 Mar 29. PMID: 29618098.
  3. Taylor DJ, Wilkerson AK, Pruiksma KE, Williams JM, Ruggero CJ, Hale W, Mintz J, Organek KM, Nicholson KL, Litz BT, Young-McCaughan S, Dondanville KA, Borah EV, Brundige A, Peterson AL. Reliability of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 Sleep Disorders Module. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018 Mar 15; 14(3):459-464. PMID: 29458705.
  4. Foa EB, McLean CP, Zang Y, Rosenfield D, Yadin E, Yarvis JS, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, Borah EV, Dondanville KA, Fina BA, Hall-Clark BN, Lichner T, Litz BT, Roache J, Wright EC, Peterson AL. Effect of Prolonged Exposure Therapy Delivered Over 2 Weeks vs 8 Weeks vs Present-Centered Therapy on PTSD Symptom Severity in Military Personnel: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2018 01 23; 319(4):354-364. PMID: 29362795.
  5. Cigrang JA, Rauch SA, Mintz J, Brundige AR, Mitchell JA, Najera E, Litz BT, Young-McCaughan S, Roache JD, Hembree EA, Goodie JL, Sonnek SM, Peterson AL. Moving effective treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder to primary care: A randomized controlled trial with active duty military. Fam Syst Health. 2017 12; 35(4):450-462. PMID: 29283612.
  6. Trevino KM, Litz B, Papa A, Maciejewski PK, Lichtenthal W, Healy C, Prigerson HG. Bereavement Challenges and Their Relationship to Physical and Psychological Adjustment to Loss. J Palliat Med. 2018 Apr; 21(4):479-488. PMID: 29182478.
  7. Ben Barnes J, Hayes AM, Contractor AA, Nash WP, Litz BT. The structure of co-occurring PTSD and depression symptoms in a cohort of Marines pre- and post-deployment. Psychiatry Res. 2018 Jan; 259:442-449. PMID: 29131993.
  8. Polusny MA, Erbes CR, Kramer MD, Thuras P, DeGarmo D, Koffel E, Litz B, Arbisi PA. Resilience and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in National Guard Soldiers Deployed to Iraq: A Prospective Study of Latent Class Trajectories and Their Predictors. J Trauma Stress. 2017 Aug; 30(4):351-361. PMID: 28763565.
  9. Yeterian JD, Berke DS, Litz BT. Psychosocial rehabilitation after war trauma with adaptive disclosure: Design and rationale of a comparative efficacy trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Oct; 61:10-15. PMID: 28713032.
  10. Kaczkurkin AN, Zang Y, Gay NG, Peterson AL, Yarvis JS, Borah EV, Dondanville KA, Hembree EA, Litz BT, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, Foa EB. Cognitive Emotion Regulation Strategies Associated With the DSM-5 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Criteria. J Trauma Stress. 2017 Aug; 30(4):343-350. PMID: 28665526.
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