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 - 08/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

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. 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 Jul; 207(7):585-594. PMID: 31082963.
  2. 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 Jun 17. PMID: 31253437.
  3. 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 Jun 01; 252:9-18. PMID: 30953927.
  4. 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 Apr; 28(4):880-887. PMID: 30803095.
  5. Wilner JG, Dufour S, Kennedy K, Sauer-Zavala S, Boettcher H, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. Quality of Life in Heterogeneous Anxiety Disorders: Changes Across Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments. Behav Modif. 2018 Dec 07; 145445518815603. PMID: 30525935.
  6. Sauer-Zavala S, Ametaj AA, Wilner JG, Bentley KH, Marquez S, Patrick KA, Starks B, Shtasel D, Marques L. Evaluating transdiagnostic, evidence-based mental health care in a safety-net setting serving homeless individuals. Psychotherapy (Chic). 2019 03; 56(1):100-114. PMID: 30475054.
  7. Sauer-Zavala S, Wilner JG, Cassiello-Robbins C, Saraff P, Pagan D. Isolating the effect of opposite action in borderline personality disorder: A laboratory-based alternating treatment design. Behav Res Ther. 2019 Jun; 117:79-86. PMID: 30366576.
  8. Bentley KH, Sauer-Zavala S, Stevens KT, Washburn JJ. Implementing an evidence-based psychological intervention for suicidal thoughts and behaviors on an inpatient unit: Process, challenges, and initial findings. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2018 Sep 27. PMID: 30293841.
  9. Steele SJ, Farchione TJ, Cassiello-Robbins C, Ametaj A, Sbi S, Sauer-Zavala S, Barlow DH. Efficacy of the Unified Protocol for transdiagnostic treatment of comorbid psychopathology accompanying emotional disorders compared to treatments targeting single disorders. J Psychiatr Res. 2018 09; 104:211-216. PMID: 30103069.
  10. 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 Jul; 206(7):549-554. PMID: 29905658.
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