Johanna Thompson-Hollands, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

PhD, Boston University
MA, Boston University
BA, Tufts University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Johanna Thompson-Hollands, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. She completed her Doctoral training at Boston University under the mentorship of David Barlow. At BU Dr. Thompson-Hollands was heavily involved in the testing and refinement of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders. In addition to contributing to this line of work, she also wrote and was awarded an F31 to develop and test a brief intervention for the family members of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, with the goal of enhancing patients' treatment outcomes. Following her graduate work, she transitioned to working in the VA system, first as a predoctoral intern and later as a research fellow and finally a Staff Research Psychologist in the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System. Her work continues to focus on treatment development and outcome, with a particular emphasis on the role of family and other social supports in enhancing outcomes and retention in PTSD treatment.

VA Boston Healthcare System

An adjunctive family intervention for individual PTSD treatment: Effectiveness in a routine-care clinic
05/01/2017 - 07/19/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Addressing Interpersonal Contexts in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
07/01/2011 - 06/30/2014 (Co-Investigator)
PI: David Barlow, PhD
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2022 Family Involvement in Treatment for PTSD (FIT-PTSD): A Brief, Feasible Method for Enhancing Outcomes, Retention, and Engagement 1I01CX002339-01A1
2021 An adjunctive family intervention for individual PTSD treatment 5IK2CX001589-04 4
2021 An adjunctive family intervention for individual PTSD treatment 5IK2CX001589-05 4
2020 Reaping the Wisdom of Positive Deviants to Increase the Reach of Family Involvement in PTSD Treatment 1I21HX003237-01
2019 An adjunctive family intervention for individual PTSD treatment 5IK2CX001589-03 4
2018 An adjunctive family intervention for individual PTSD treatment 5IK2CX001589-02 4
2017 An adjunctive family intervention for individual PTSD treatment 1IK2CX001589-01 4
2017 An adjunctive family intervention for individual PTSD treatment: Effectiveness in a routine-care clinic 1K23MH112836-01
2013 Addressing Interpersonal Contexts in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 5F31MH092996-03 4
2012 Addressing Interpersonal Contexts in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 5F31MH092996-02 4
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  1. Shepherd-Banigan M, Shapiro A, Sheahan KL, Ackland PE, Meis LA, Thompson-Hollands J, Edelman D, Calhoun PS, Weidenbacher H, Van Houtven CH. Mental health therapy for veterans with PTSD as a family affair: A qualitative inquiry into how family support and social norms influence veteran engagement in care. Psychol Serv. 2023 Feb 13. PMID: 36780280
  2. Reuman L, Thompson-Hollands J. Women veterans' attitudes toward family involvement in PTSD treatment: A mixed-methods examination. Psychol Serv. 2022 Sep 01. PMID: 36048088
  3. Thompson-Hollands J, Rando AA, Stoycos SA, Meis LA, Iverson KM. Family Involvement in PTSD Treatment: Perspectives from a Nationwide Sample of Veterans Health Administration Clinicians. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2022 Nov; 49(6):1019-1030.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35930084; PMCID: PMC9362012; DOI: 10.1007/s10488-022-01214-1;
  4. Lee DJ, Weathers FW, Thompson-Hollands J, Sloan DM, Marx BP. Concordance in PTSD symptom change between DSM-5 versions of the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS-5) and PTSD Checklist (PCL-5). Psychol Assess. 2022 Jun; 34(6):604-609.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35389681; PMCID: PMC9437843; DOI: 10.1037/pas0001130;
  5. Harper KL, Thompson-Hollands J, Keane TM, Marx BP. Family-Involved Mental Health Care Among OEF/OIF Veterans With and Without PTSD Using VHA Administrative Records. Behav Ther. 2022 Sep; 53(5):819-827.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35987541
  6. 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;
  7. Shor R, Lee DJ, Thompson-Hollands J, Sloan DM. Psychometric properties of the Posttraumatic Avoidance Behaviour Questionnaire among a treatment-seeking adult sample. Psychol Trauma. 2022 Mar; 14(3):393-398.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34398628; PMCID: PMC8847546; DOI: 10.1037/tra0001060;
  8. Lee DJ, Marx BP, Thompson-Hollands J, Gallagher MW, Resick PA, Sloan DM. The temporal sequence of change in PTSD symptoms and hypothesized mediators in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Written Exposure Therapy for PTSD. Behav Res Ther. 2021 09; 144:103918.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34198230; PMCID: PMC8325637; DOI: 10.1016/j.brat.2021.103918;
  9. Harper KL, Thompson-Hollands J, Keane TM, Marx BP. Mental health treatment utilization and relationship functioning among male and female OEF/OIF veterans. Psychol Serv. 2022 Aug; 19(3):597-603.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34081522
  10. Thompson-Hollands J, Strage M, DeVoe ER, Beidas RS, Sloan DM. Development and initial testing of a brief adjunctive intervention for family members of veterans in individual PTSD treatment. Cogn Behav Pract. 2021 May; 28(12):193-209.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35967077; PMCID: PMC9367094; DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2020.06.007;
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2018 Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program
2012 Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies: Leonard Krasner Student Dissertation Award
2007 Tufts University: Priscilla N. Dunne Prize
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