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.

Director
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 - 08/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
5K23MH106648-02



Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Cassiello-Robbins C, Sauer-Zavala S, Wilner JG, Bentley KH, Conklin LR, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. A Preliminary Examination of the Effects of Transdiagnostic Versus Single Diagnosis Protocols on Anger During the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2018 Jun 14. PMID: 29905658.
     
  2. Sauer-Zavala S, Cassiello-Robbins C, Ametaj AA, Wilner JG, Pagan D. Transdiagnostic Treatment Personalization: The Feasibility of Ordering Unified Protocol Modules According to Patient Strengths and Weaknesses. Behav Modif. 2018 May 01; 145445518774914. PMID: 29742904.
     
  3. Bentley KH, Boettcher H, Bullis JR, Carl JR, Conklin LR, Sauer-Zavala S, Pierre-Louis C, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. Development of a Single-Session, Transdiagnostic Preventive Intervention for Young Adults at Risk for Emotional Disorders. Behav Modif. 2017 Oct 01; 145445517734354. PMID: 29029563.
     
  4. Barlow DH, Farchione TJ, Bullis JR, Gallagher MW, Murray-Latin H, Sauer-Zavala S, Bentley KH, Thompson-Hollands J, Conklin LR, Boswell JF, Ametaj A, Carl JR, Boettcher HT, Cassiello-Robbins C. The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders Compared With Diagnosis-Specific Protocols for Anxiety Disorders: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Sep 01; 74(9):875-884.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28768327.
     
  5. Sauer-Zavala S, Wilner JG, Barlow DH. Addressing neuroticism in psychological treatment. Personal Disord. 2017 Jul; 8(3):191-198. PMID: 29120218.
     
  6. Sauer-Zavala S, Boswell JF, Bentley KH, Thompson-Hollands J, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. Expectancies, working alliance, and outcome in transdiagnostic and single diagnosis treatment for anxiety disorders: An investigation of mediation. Cognit Ther Res. 2018 Apr; 42(2):135-145.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29755154.
     
  7. Bentley KH, Nock MK, Sauer-Zavala S, Gorman BS, Barlow DH. A functional analysis of two transdiagnostic, emotion-focused interventions on nonsuicidal self-injury. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2017 Jun; 85(6):632-646. PMID: 28394171; DOI: 10.1037/ccp0000205;.
     
  8. Bentley KH, Sauer-Zavala S, Cassiello-Robbins CF, Conklin LR, Vento S, Homer D. Treating Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Within an Emotional Disorders Framework: Acceptability and Feasibility of the Unified Protocol in an Inpatient Setting. Behav Modif. 2017 Jul; 41(4):529-557. PMID: 28629272.
     
  9. Au TM, Sauer-Zavala S, King MW, Petrocchi N, Barlow DH, Litz BT. Compassion-Based Therapy for Trauma-Related Shame and Posttraumatic Stress: Initial Evaluation Using a Multiple Baseline Design. Behav Ther. 2017 Mar; 48(2):207-221.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28270331; DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2016.11.012;.
     
  10. Sauer-Zavala S, Cassiello-Robbins C, Conklin LR, Bullis JR, Thompson-Hollands J, Kennedy KA. Isolating the Unique Effects of the Unified Protocol Treatment Modules Using Single Case Experimental Design. Behav Modif. 2017 Mar; 41(2):286-307.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28198196; DOI: 10.1177/0145445516673827;.
     
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