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

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

Internet-based Psychotherapies for PTSD Symptoms in WTC Responders
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2020 (Subcontract 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 (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
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
2015 CAP-Assessment Core Boston 5I01CX001134-02
2014 CAP-Assessment Core Boston 1I01CX001134-01
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  1. Sayer NA, Orazem RJ, Mitchell LL, Carlson KF, Schnurr PP, Litz BT. What the public should know about veterans returning from combat deployment to support reintegration: A qualitative analysis. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2021 Apr 29. PMID: 33914556
  2. Fredman SJ, Le Y, Macdonald A, Monson CM, Rhoades GK, Dondanville KA, Blount TH, Hall-Clark BN, Fina BA, Mintz J, Litz BT, Young-McCaughan S, Jenkins AIC, Yarvis JS, Keane TM, Peterson AL. A Closer Examination of Relational Outcomes from a Pilot Study of Abbreviated, Intensive, Multi-Couple Group Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD with Military Dyads. Fam Process. 2021 Apr 20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33876831
  3. Brown LA, Bryan CJ, Butner JE, Tabares JV, Young-McCaughan S, Hale WJ, Fina BA, Foa EB, Resick PA, Taylor DJ, Coon H, Williamson DE, Dondanville KA, Borah EV, McLean CP, Wachen JS, Pruiksma KE, Hernandez AM, Litz BT, Mintz J, Yarvis JS, Borah AM, Nicholson KL, Maurer DM, Kelly KM, Peterson AL. Identifying suicidal subtypes and dynamic indicators of increasing and decreasing suicide risk in active duty military personnel: Study protocol. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2021 Mar; 21:100752. PMID: 33748530
  4. Lehavot K, Millard SP, Thomas RM, Yantsides K, Upham M, Beckman K, Hamilton AB, Sadler A, Litz B, Simpson T. A randomized trial of an online, coach-assisted self-management PTSD intervention tailored for women veterans. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2021 Feb; 89(2):134-141. PMID: 33705169
  5. Litz BT, Rusowicz-Orazem L, Doros G, Grunthal B, Gray M, Nash W, Lang AJ. Adaptive disclosure, a combat-specific PTSD treatment, versus cognitive-processing therapy, in deployed marines and sailors: A randomized controlled non-inferiority trial. Psychiatry Res. 2021 Mar; 297:113761.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33540206
  6. Straud CL, Moore BA, Hale WJ, Baker M, Gardner CL, Shinn AM, Cigrang JA, Litz BT, Mintz J, Lara-Ruiz JM, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL. Demographic and Occupational Risk Factors Associated With Suicide-Related Aeromedical Evacuation Among Deployed U.S. Military Service Members. Mil Med. 2020 12 30; 185(11-12):e1968-e1976. PMID: 32776113
  7. Allen E, Renshaw K, Fredman SJ, Le Y, Rhoades G, Markman H, Litz B. Associations Between Service Members' Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Partner Accommodation Over Time. J Trauma Stress. 2020 Dec 28. PMID: 33372361
  8. McLean CP, Foa EB, Dondanville KA, Haddock CK, Miller ML, Rauch SAM, Yarvis JS, Wright EC, Hall-Clark BN, Fina BA, Litz BT, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL. The effects of web-prolonged exposure among military personnel and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychol Trauma. 2020 Nov 19. PMID: 33211517
  9. Miles SR, Kent TA, Stanley M, Thompson KE, Sharp C, Niles BL, Young-McCaughan S, Mintz J, Roache JD, Litz BT, Hale WJ, Stanford MS, Keane TM, Peterson AL. Manage Emotions to Reduce Aggression: A Pilot Study of a Brief Treatment to Help Veterans Reduce Impulsive Aggression. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2020 11; 208(11):897-903.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32947454
  10. Taylor DJ, Pruiksma KE, Mintz J, Slavish DC, Wardle-Pinkston S, Tyler H, Dondanville KA, Young-McCaughan S, Scullin MK, Nicholson KL, Litz BT, Dietch JR, Williamson DE, Keane TM, Peterson AL, Resick PA. Treatment of comorbid sleep disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder in active duty military: Design and methodology of a randomized clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 Dec; 99:106186.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33091589
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