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. Sauer-Zavala S. Measurement to Improve Treatment Delivery: A Commentary on the HiTOP Measure Development Project. Assessment. 2021 Oct 13; 10731911211050952. PMID: 34643098
  2. 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
  3. 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 Nov 01; 294:558-567. PMID: 34330052
  4. 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;
  5. 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
  6. 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;
  7. Sauer-Zavala S, Southward MW, Semcho SA. Integrating and differentiating personality and psychopathology in cognitive behavioral therapy. J Pers. 2020 Oct 17. PMID: 33070346
  8. Cardona ND, Southward MW, Furbish K, Comeau A, Sauer-Zavala S. Nomothetic and idiographic patterns of responses to emotions in borderline personality disorder. Personal Disord. 2021 07; 12(4):354-364. PMID: 34323586
  9. 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;
  10. 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
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