Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Dept of Psychological and Brain Sciences

PhD, University of Kentucky
MS, University of Kentucky

Dr. Sauer-Zavala received her Ph.D. In clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky. She completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University. Dr. Sauer-Zavala’s research is focused on identifying emotional factors that are important in the development and maintenance of a range of mental disorders. She is also interested in using information gleaned from her basic psychopathology research to develop streamlined, easily-disseminated interventions that directly target the factors that maintain disorder symptoms. In particular, Dr. Sauer-Zavala is interested in treatment development for borderline personality disorder.

Additionally, as the Director of Education and Training for the Unified Protocol, Dr. Sauer-Zavala is interested in identifying best practices for disseminating empirically-supported treatments.

Unified Protocol Institute

2016 Association for Psychological Science: Rising Star of Clinical Science
2012-2016 NIH Loan Repayment Program Award in Clinical Research
2010 University of Kentucky Department of Psychology: Excellence in Clinical Service
2009 University of Kentucky Department of Psychology: Predoctoral Research Award
2009 University of Kentucky Department of Psychology: Scientist-Practitioner Award

Isolating Mechanisms in the Treatment of Borderline Personality disorder
09/15/2015 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health


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  1. Curreri AJ, Farchione TJ, Sauer-Zavala S, Barlow DH. Mindful Emotion Awareness Facilitates Engagement with Exposure Therapy: An Idiographic Exploration Using Single Case Experimental Design. Behav Modif. 2020 Aug 05; 145445520947662. PMID: 32752883
  2. Sauer-Zavala S, Cassiello-Robbins C, Woods BK, Curreri A, Wilner Tirpak J, Rassaby M. Countering emotional behaviors in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. Personal Disord. 2020 09; 11(5):328-338. PMID: 32700926
  3. Sauer-Zavala S, Fournier JC, Jarvi Steele S, Woods BK, Wang M, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. Does the unified protocol really change neuroticism? Results from a randomized trial. Psychol Med. 2020 Apr 21; 1-10. PMID: 32312357
  4. Cassiello-Robbins C, Southward MW, Tirpak JW, Sauer-Zavala S. A systematic review of Unified Protocol applications with adult populations: Facilitating widespread dissemination via adaptability. Clin Psychol Rev. 2020 06; 78:101852. PMID: 32360953
  5. Sauer-Zavala S, Bentley KH, Steele SJ, Tirpak JW, Ametaj AA, Nauphal M, Cardona N, Wang M, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. Treating depressive disorders with the Unified Protocol: A preliminary randomized evaluation. J Affect Disord. 2020 Mar 01; 264:438-445. PMID: 31759672
  6. Youn SJ, Sauer-Zavala S, Patrick KA, Ahles EM, Aguilar Silvan Y, Greig A, Marques L, Shtasel DL. Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing a Short-Term Transdiagnostic Mental Health Treatment for Homeless Persons. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2019 07; 207(7):585-594. PMID: 31082963
  7. Wilner Tirpak J, Cassiello-Robbins C, Ametaj A, Olesnycky OS, Sauer-Zavala S, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. Changes in positive affect in cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2019 Nov - Dec; 61:111-115. PMID: 31253437
  8. Osma J, Quilez-Orden A, Suso-Ribera C, Peris-Baquero O, Norman SB, Bentley KH, Sauer-Zavala S. Psychometric properties and validation of the Spanish versions of the overall anxiety and depression severity and impairment scales. J Affect Disord. 2019 06 01; 252:9-18. PMID: 30953927
  9. Weihs KL, McConnell MH, Wiley JF, Crespi CM, Sauer-Zavala S, Stanton AL. A preventive intervention to modify depression risk targets after breast cancer diagnosis: Design and single-arm pilot study. Psychooncology. 2019 04; 28(4):880-887. PMID: 30803095
  10. Cassiello-Robbins C, Wilner JG, Peters JR, Bentley KH, Sauer-Zavala S. Elucidating the relationships between shame, anger, and self-destructive behaviors: The role of aversive responses to emotions. J Contextual Behav Sci. 2019 Apr; 12:7-12. PMID: 31608206
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