Elizabeth (Liza) Alpert, PhD
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Dept of Psychiatry

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I am an Instructor of Psychiatry in the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and an Advanced Fellow in Women's Health in the Women's Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System. My research focuses on understanding and targeting key processes of therapeutic change and engagement in cognitive behavioral therapies for PTSD to optimize treatment outcomes.

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  1. Kehle-Forbes SM, Ackland PE, Spoont MR, Meis LA, Orazem RJ, Lyon A, Valenstein-Mah HR, Schnurr PP, Zickmund SL, Foa EB, Chard KM, Alpert E, Polusny MA. Divergent experiences of U.S. veterans who did and did not complete trauma-focused therapies for PTSD: A national qualitative study of treatment dropout. Behav Res Ther. 2022 07; 154:104123. PMID: 35644083
  2. Sloan DM, Thompson-Hollands J, Hayes AM, Lee DJ, Alpert E, Marx BP. Sudden Gains in Two Trauma-Focused Treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Behav Ther. 2022 03; 53(2):255-266.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35227402; PMCID: PMC8896295; DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2021.08.003;
  3. Alpert E, Hayes AM, Yasinski C, Webb C, Deblinger E. Processes of Change in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Youth: An Emotional Processing Theory Informed Approach. Clin Psychol Sci. 2021 Mar 01; 9(2):270-283. PMID: 33758692; PMCID: PMC7984413; DOI: 10.1177/2167702620957315;
  4. Alpert E, Hayes AM, Barnes JB, Sloan DM. Predictors of Dropout in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: An Examination of Trauma Narrative Content. Behav Ther. 2020 09; 51(5):774-788.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32800305; PMCID: PMC7431675; DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2019.11.003;
  5. Yasinski C, Hayes AM, Alpert E, McCauley T, Ready CB, Webb C, Deblinger E. Treatment processes and demographic variables as predictors of dropout from trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) for youth. Behav Res Ther. 2018 08; 107:10-18. PMID: 29800623; PMCID: PMC8881965; DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2018.05.008;
  6. McLean KC, Lilgendahl JP, Fordham C, Alpert E, Marsden E, Szymanowski K, McAdams DP. Identity development in cultural context: The role of deviating from master narratives. J Pers. 2018 08; 86(4):631-651. PMID: 28833186; DOI: 10.1111/jopy.12341;
  7. Hayes AM, Alpert E. Clin. Psychol.: Sci. Pract. Biomedical bias: The importance of countervailing information and multivariate models of risk and treatment of mental illness. 2017; 24:74-77.
  8. Asnaani A, Kaczkurkin AN, Alpert E, McLean CP, Simpson HB, Foa EB. The effect of treatment on quality of life and functioning in OCD. Compr Psychiatry. 2017 02; 73:7-14. PMID: 27838572
  9. Hayes AM, Yasinski C, Grasso D, Ready CB, Alpert E, McCauley T, Webb C, Deblinger E. Constructive and Unproductive Processing of Traumatic Experiences in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Youth. Behav Ther. 2017 03; 48(2):166-181. PMID: 28270328
  10. Zandberg LJ, Rosenfield D, Alpert E, McLean CP, Foa EB. Predictors of dropout in concurrent treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol dependence: Rate of improvement matters. Behav Res Ther. 2016 May; 80:1-9. PMID: 26972745
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2019 University of Delaware, Newark, DE: Evelyn M. Fiorito Travel Award
2018 University of Delaware, Newark, DE: Graduate College Professional Development Award
2016 University of Exeter, Exeter, UK: Honorary Associate Research Fellow
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Therapeutic Process, Psychiatric
Dropout, Patient
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