Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD
Adjunct Research Associate Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
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.

Unified Protocol Institute

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  1. Cardona ND, Ametaj AA, Cassiello-Robbins C, Tirpak JW, Olesnycky O, Sauer-Zavala S, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. Outcomes of People of Color in an Efficacy Trial of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments for Anxiety, Depression, and Related Disorders: Preliminary Evidence. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2023 Sep 01; 211(9):711-720. PMID: 37432031
  2. Sauer-Zavala S, Southward MW. BPD Compass is an accessible alignment of dimensional assessment and treatment. Personal Disord. 2023 Jul; 14(4):388-390. PMID: 37358531
  3. Teckchandani T, Krakauer RL, Andrews KL, Neary JP, Nisbet J, Shields RE, Maguire KQ, Jamshidi L, Afifi TO, Lix LM, Sauer-Zavala S, Asmundson GJG, Krätzig GP, Carleton RN. Prophylactic relationship between mental health disorder symptoms and physical activity of Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cadets during the cadet training program. Front Psychol. 2023; 14:1145184. PMID: 37260953; PMCID: PMC10229095; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1145184;
  4. Andrews KL, Jamshidi L, Shields RE, Teckchandani TA, Afifi TO, Fletcher AJ, Sauer-Zavala S, Brunet A, Krätzig GP, Carleton RN. Examining mental health knowledge, stigma, and service use intentions among Royal Canadian Mounted Police cadets. Front Psychol. 2023; 14:1123361. PMID: 37205089; PMCID: PMC10187145; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1123361;
  5. Carleton RN, Jamshidi L, Maguire KQ, Lix LM, Stewart SH, Afifi TO, Sareen J, Andrews KL, Jones NA, Nisbet J, Sauer-Zavala S, Neary JP, Brunet A, Krätzig GP, Fletcher AJ, Teckchandani TA, Keane TM, Asmundson GJG. Mental Health of Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the Start of the Cadet Training Program. Can J Psychiatry. 2023 Sep; 68(9):651-662.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37131322
  6. Khoury JMB, Jamshidi L, Shields RE, Nisbet J, Afifi TO, Fletcher AJ, Stewart SH, Asmundson GJG, Sauer-Zavala S, Krätzig GP, Carleton RN. Putative risk and resiliency factors among Royal Canadian Mounted Police cadets. Front Psychol. 2023; 14:1048573. PMID: 37008880; PMCID: PMC10053504; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1048573;
  7. Xie EB, Freeman M, Penner-Goeke L, Reynolds K, Lebel C, Giesbrecht GF, Rioux C, MacKinnon A, Sauer-Zavala S, Roos LE, Tomfohr-Madsen L. Building Emotional Awareness and Mental Health (BEAM): an open-pilot and feasibility study of a digital mental health and parenting intervention for mothers of infants. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2023 Feb 18; 9(1):27. PMID: 36800982; PMCID: PMC9938356; DOI: 10.1186/s40814-023-01245-x;
  8. Andrews KL, Jamshidi L, Nisbet J, Brunet A, Afifi TO, Asmundson GJG, Fletcher AJ, Maguire KQ, Teckchandani TA, Lix L, Sauer-Zavala S, Sareen J, Keane TM, Patrick Neary J, Nicholas Carleton R. Potentially Psychologically Traumatic Event Exposure Histories of new Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cadets. Can J Psychiatry. 2023 Sep; 68(9):663-681.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36740849
  9. Nisbet J, Jamshidi L, Maguire KQ, Afifi TO, Brunet A, Fletcher AJ, Asmundson GJG, Sareen J, Shields RE, Andrews KL, Sauer-Zavala S, Neary JP, Lix L, Stewart SH, Krätzig GP, Carleton RN. Suicidal Ideation, Planning, and Attempts Among new Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cadets. Can J Psychiatry. 2023 Sep; 68(9):691-698. PMID: 36734146
  10. Sauer-Zavala S, Southward MW, Terrill DR, Semcho SA, Stumpp NE. Mechanism engagement as a potential evidence-based approach to personalized treatment termination. Psychother Res. 2023 Jan 20; 1-13. PMID: 36669132
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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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