Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD
Adjunct Research Associate 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

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  1. Ametaj AA, Wilner Tirpak J, Cassiello-Robbins C, Snow R, Rassaby MM, Beer K, Sauer-Zavala S. A Preliminary Investigation of Provider Attitudes Toward a Transdiagnostic Treatment: Outcomes from Training Workshops with the Unified Protocol. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2021 07; 48(4):668-682. PMID: 33538945; PMCID: PMC8195824; DOI: 10.1007/s10488-020-01101-7;
  2. Preece DA, Becerra R, Hasking P, McEvoy PM, Boyes M, Sauer-Zavala S, Chen W, Gross JJ. The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire: Psychometric Properties and Relations with Affective Symptoms in a United States General Community Sample. J Affect Disord. 2021 04 01; 284:27-30. PMID: 33582429
  3. Southward MW, Sauer-Zavala S. Experimental Manipulations to Test Theory-Driven Mechanisms of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Front Psychiatry. 2020; 11:603009. PMID: 33391056; PMCID: PMC7773689; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.603009;
  4. Sauer-Zavala S, Southward MW, Semcho SA. Integrating and differentiating personality and psychopathology in cognitive behavioral therapy. J Pers. 2020 Oct 17. PMID: 33070346
  5. Southward MW, Semcho SA, Stumpp NE, MacLean DL, Sauer-Zavala S. A Day in the Life of Borderline Personality Disorder: A Preliminary Analysis of Within-Day Emotion Generation and Regulation. J Psychopathol Behav Assess. 2020 Dec; 42(4):702-713. PMID: 33776200; PMCID: PMC7990036; DOI: 10.1007/s10862-020-09836-1;
  6. 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
  7. 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; PMCID: PMC7483202; DOI: 10.1037/per0000379;
  8. 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; PMCID: PMC7678331; DOI: 10.1017/S0033291720000975;
  9. 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
  10. Woods BK, Sauer-Zavala S, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. Isolating the Effects of Mindfulness Training Across Anxiety Disorder Diagnoses in the Unified Protocol. Behav Ther. 2020 11; 51(6):972-983. PMID: 33051038
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