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

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  1. Sauer-Zavala S, Southward MW, Stumpp NE, Semcho SA, Hood CO, Garlock A, Urs A. A SMART approach to personalized care: preliminary data on how to select and sequence skills in transdiagnostic CBT. Cogn Behav Ther. 2022 Apr 27; 1-21. PMID: 35475947
  2. Tully PJ, Turnbull DA, Horowitz JD, Beltrame JF, Baune BT, Sauer-Zavala S, Baumeister H, Bean CG, Pinto RB, Cosh S, Wittert GA. Transdiagnostic Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Cardiovascular Disease Patients: Results From the CHAMPS Pilot-Feasibility Trial. Front Psychiatry. 2022; 13:741039. PMID: 35492726; PMCID: PMC9050199; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.741039;
  3. Sauer-Zavala S, Southward MW, Hood CO, Elhusseini S, Fruhbauerova M, Stumpp NE, Semcho SA. Conceptual development and case data for a modular, personality-based treatment for borderline personality disorder. Personal Disord. 2022 Jan 27. PMID: 35084872
  4. Southward MW, Sauer-Zavala S. Dimensions of skill use in the unified protocol: Exploring unique effects on anxiety and depression. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2022 Mar; 90(3):246-257. PMID: 34914417
  5. Nauphal M, Curreri AJ, Cardona ND, Meyer ER, Southward MW, Sauer-Zavala S. Measuring Emotion Regulation Skill Use During Treatment: A Promising Methodological Approach. Assessment. 2021 Dec 10; 10731911211063229. PMID: 34886709
  6. Hood CO, Southward MW, Bugher C, Sauer-Zavala S. A Preliminary Evaluation of the Unified Protocol among Trauma-Exposed Adults with and without PTSD. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 11 08; 18(21). PMID: 34770243; PMCID: PMC8583442; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph182111729;
  7. Sauer-Zavala S. Measurement to Improve Treatment Delivery: A Commentary on the HiTOP Measure Development Project. Assessment. 2022 01; 29(1):93-98. PMID: 34643098
  8. Stumpp NE, Southward MW, Sauer-Zavala S. Do You See What I See?: Researcher-Participant Agreement on Single-Item Measures of Emotion Regulation Behaviors in Borderline Personality Disorder. Assessment. 2021 Sep 11; 10731911211044216. PMID: 34514852
  9. Preece DA, Becerra R, Sauer-Zavala S, Boyes M, McEvoy P, Villanueva C, Ibonie S, Gruber J, Hasking P, Gross JJ. Assessing Emotion Regulation Ability for Negative and Positive Emotions: Psychometrics of the Perth Emotion Regulation Competency Inventory in United States Adults. J Affect Disord. 2021 11 01; 294:558-567. PMID: 34330052
  10. Bentley KH, Cohen ZD, Kim T, Bullis JR, Nauphal M, Cassiello-Robbins C, Sauer-Zavala S, Sbi S, Gallagher MW, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. The Nature, Timing, and Symptom Trajectories of Dropout From Transdiagnostic and Single-Diagnosis Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders. Behav Ther. 2021 11; 52(6):1364-1376. PMID: 34656192; PMCID: PMC8531532; DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2021.03.007;
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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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