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
BA, Gettysburg College

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.

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  1. MacKinnon AL, Simpson KM, Salisbury MR, Bobula J, Penner-Goeke L, Berard L, Rioux C, Giesbrecht GF, Giuliano R, Lebel C, Protudjer JLP, Reynolds K, Sauer-Zavala S, Soderstrom M, Tomfohr-Madsen LM, Roos LE. Building Emotional Awareness and Mental Health (BEAM): A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of an App-Based Program for Mothers of Toddlers. Front Psychiatry. 2022; 13:880972. PMID: 35815022; PMCID: PMC9263095; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.880972;
  2. 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 Nov; 51(6):435-455. PMID: 35475947; PMCID: PMC9749849; DOI: 10.1080/16506073.2022.2053571;
  3. 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;
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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;
  8. 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
  9. 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. 2023 Jan; 30(1):102-110. PMID: 34514852
  10. 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
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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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