Johanna Thompson-Hollands, PhD
Associate 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 Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and a Staff Research Psychologist in the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System. Her work focuses on treatment development and outcome in PTSD, with a particular emphasis on the role of family and other social supports in enhancing outcomes and retention in PTSD treatment. Dr. Thompson-Hollands is the developer of the Brief Family Intervention (BFI) for PTSD, an adjunctive family-focused intervention that aims to improve veterans' outcomes in their individual trauma-focused therapy. She is currently leading a multi-site clinical trial to test the BFI in the VA.

In addition to multiple federal awards to conduct clinical trials related to family-inclusive treatments for psychopathology, Dr. Thompson-Hollands has also received federal funding to examine systems-level facilitators and barriers to family-inclusive treatment. The goal of this line of work is to promote the implementation of family-inclusive treatments in VA, ultimately increasing veterans' choices with regard to their care and addressing critical interpersonal variables known to impact psychopathology and treatment.

Beyond her work on family-inclusive treatments, Dr. Thompson-Hollands has a longstanding interest in enhancing PTSD treatments more broadly by improving their effectiveness and efficiency. She has been heavily involved in grant-funded projects and papers related to Written Exposure Therapy (WET), a brief 5-session trauma-focused intervention that demonstrates comparable results to longer trauma-focused treatments. Dr. Thompson-Hollands has extensive experience in training providers to deliver WET, including as a preventative intervention. She has also been lead author and co-author on several studies of WET, including long-term outcomes from the treatment and an examination of potential moderators of the treatment's effects.

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
2023 Family Involvement in Treatment for PTSD (FIT-PTSD): A Brief, Feasible Method for Enhancing Outcomes, Retention, and Engagement 5I01CX002339-02
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
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  1. Fernando M, Fite RE, Thompson-Hollands J. Brief family involvement enhances veteran homework quality during trauma-focused psychotherapy. Psychol Trauma. 2024 Mar 21. PMID: 38512169
  2. Thompson-Hollands J, Lunney CA, Sloan DM, Wiltsey Stirman S, Schnurr PP. Treatment length and symptom improvement in prolonged exposure and present-centered therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: Comparing dose-response and good-enough level models in two manualized interventions. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2023 Oct; 91(10):596-605.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37471022; PMCID: PMC10527917; DOI: 10.1037/ccp0000834;
  3. Thompson-Hollands J. Introduction to the special section on social relationships and posttraumatic stress disorder treatment: Harnessing the power of significant relationships. J Trauma Stress. 2023 Jun; 36(3):479-483. PMID: 36853594
  4. 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 Nov; 20(4):839-848. PMID: 36780280; PMCID: PMC10423295; DOI: 10.1037/ser0000742;
  5. Reuman L, Thompson-Hollands J. Women veterans' attitudes toward family involvement in PTSD treatment: A mixed-methods examination. Psychol Serv. 2023 Nov; 20(4):770-779. PMID: 36048088; PMCID: PMC10288350; DOI: 10.1037/ser0000707;
  6. 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;
  7. 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;
  8. 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
  9. Rando AA, Thompson-Hollands J. Veteran and romantic partner goals for family involvement in PTSD treatment: A qualitative study of dyads. Couple Family Psychol. 2022; 11(3):193-204. PMID: 37361015; PMCID: PMC10288590; DOI: 10.1037/cfp0000229;
  10. 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;
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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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