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
2019 Psychosocial Rehabilitation after Moral Injury and Loss with Adaptive Disclosure 5I01RX002135-03 1
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
2010 Internet-based Self-Management Intervention for Prolonged Grief 5R34MH079884-03 1
2009 Internet-based Self-Management Intervention for Prolonged Grief 5R34MH079884-02 1
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  1. Moring JC, Nason E, Hale WJ, Wachen JS, Dondanville KA, Straud C, Moore BA, Mintz J, Litz BT, Yarvis JS, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL, Resick PA. Conceptualizing comorbid PTSD and depression among treatment-seeking, active duty military service members. J Affect Disord. 2019 Jun 30; 256:541-549. PMID: 31280079.
  2. Litz BT, Kerig PK. Introduction to the Special Issue on Moral Injury: Conceptual Challenges, Methodological Issues, and Clinical Applications. J Trauma Stress. 2019 Jun; 32(3):341-349. PMID: 31162737.
  3. Brown LA, Zang Y, Benhamou K, Taylor DJ, Bryan CJ, Yarvis JS, Dondanville KA, Litz BT, Mintz J, Roache JD, Pruiksma KE, Fina BA, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL, Foa EB. Mediation of suicide ideation in prolonged exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder. Behav Res Ther. 2019 Aug; 119:103409. PMID: 31176888.
  4. Presseau C, Litz BT, Kline NK, Elsayed NM, Maurer D, Kelly K, Dondanville KA, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL, Williamson DE. An epidemiological evaluation of trauma types in a cohort of deployed service members. Psychol Trauma. 2019 May 09. PMID: 31070441.
  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. 2019 May 01; 184(5-6):e218-e226.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30252077.
  6. Frankfurt S, Frazier P, Litz BT, Schnurr PP, Orazem RJ, Gravely A, Sayer N. Online expressive writing intervention for reintegration difficulties among veterans: Who is most likely to benefit? Psychol Trauma. 2019 Apr 18. PMID: 30998059.
  7. Abdallah CG, Roache JD, Averill LA, Young-McCaughan S, Martini B, Gueorguieva R, Amoroso T, Southwick SM, Guthmiller K, López-Roca AL, Lautenschlager K, Mintz J, Litz BT, Williamson DE, Keane TM, Peterson AL, Krystal JH. Repeated ketamine infusions for antidepressant-resistant PTSD: Methods of a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2019 Jun; 81:11-18.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30999057.
  8. Brown LA, McLean CP, Zang Y, Zandberg L, Mintz J, Yarvis JS, Litz BT, Peterson AL, Bryan CJ, Fina B, Petersen J, Dondanville KA, Roache JD, Young-McCaughan S, Foa EB. Does prolonged exposure increase suicide risk? Results from an active duty military sample. Behav Res Ther. 2019 Jul; 118:87-93. PMID: 31022593.
  9. Yeterian JD, Berke DS, Carney JR, McIntyre-Smith A, St Cyr K, King L, Kline NK, Phelps A, Litz BT. Defining and Measuring Moral Injury: Rationale, Design, and Preliminary Findings From the Moral Injury Outcome Scale Consortium. J Trauma Stress. 2019 Jun; 32(3):363-372. PMID: 30947372.
  10. Dondanville KA, Wachen JS, Hale WJ, Mintz J, Roache JD, Carson C, Litz BT, Yarvis JS, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL, Resick PA. Examination of Treatment Effects on Hazardous Drinking Among Service Members With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. J Trauma Stress. 2019 Apr; 32(2):310-316. PMID: 30920684.
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