Yael I. Nillni, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

PhD, University of Vermont
BA, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Expertise and Interests:

-Impact of trauma and mental health on women's reproductive health, including pregnancy outcomes and postpartum health

-Impact of the menstrual cycle and its underlying neurobiology on PTSD course and treatment

-Identification of gender-specific vulnerability-stress pathways in the pathogenesis of psychopathology

-Refinement of existing interventions to improve their effectiveness for women

VA Boston Healthcare System

A Non-Inferiority Trial Testing Delivery of Written Exposure Therapy by Community Health Workers
08/17/2022 - 07/31/2027 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

PTSD-Related Neurobiological Mediators of Negative Pregnancy Outcomes
09/01/2017 - 07/31/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

Facilitation of Extinction Retention and R
05/01/2021 - 04/30/2025 (PI)
Boston University School of Medicine National Institute o

Enhancing Exposure Therapy by Capitalizing on Menstrual Cycle Phase

Longitudinal Investigation of Gender, Health, and Trauma (LIGHT) Study

PTSD-Related Neurobiological Mediators of Negative Pregnancy Outcomes

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  1. Galovski TE, McSweeney LB, Woolley MG, Alpert E, Nillni YI. The Relative Impact of Different Types of Military Sexual Trauma on Long-Term PTSD, Depression, and Suicidality. J Interpers Violence. 2023 Apr 27; 8862605231168823.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37102588
  2. Nillni YI, Baul TD, Paul E, Godfrey LB, Sloan DM, Valentine SE. Written exposure therapy for treatment of perinatal PTSD among women with comorbid PTSD and SUD: A pilot study examining feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2023 Apr 24; 83:66-74.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37119780
  3. Galovski TE, Rossi FS, Fox AB, Vogt D, Duke CC, Nillni YI. Relationship of perceived neighborhood danger with depression and PTSD among veterans: The moderating role of social support and neighborhood cohesion. Am J Community Psychol. 2023 Jan 20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36661400
  4. Bublitz MH, Nillni Y, Nugent NR, Sanapo L, Habr N, Bourjeily G. Posttraumatic stress disorder, diurnal cortisol, and ambulatory blood pressure in early and late pregnancy. J Trauma Stress. 2023 Feb; 36(1):239-246. PMID: 36464928
  5. Harper KL, Vogt D, Fox A, Nillni YI, Galovski T. "The role of PTSD symptom severity and relationship functioning in male and female veterans' mental health service use": Correction. Psychol Trauma. 2023 May; 15(4):696.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36342430; DOI: 10.1037/tra0001405;
  6. Harper KL, Vogt D, Fox A, Nillni YI, Galovski T. The role of PTSD symptom severity and relationship functioning in male and female veterans' mental health service use. Psychol Trauma. 2023 May; 15(4):690-696.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36174158
  7. Iverson KM, Rossi FS, Nillni YI, Fox AB, Galovski TE. PTSD and Depression Symptoms Increase Women's Risk for Experiencing Future Intimate Partner Violence. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Sep 26; 19(19).View Related Profiles. PMID: 36231518; PMCID: PMC9566456; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph191912217;
  8. Nillni YI, Crowe HM, Yland JJ, Wesselink AK, Wise LA. The association between time-to-pregnancy and postpartum depressive symptoms in a North American prospective cohort study. Ann Epidemiol. 2022 Oct; 74:51-57.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35902064; PMCID: PMC9743161; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2022.07.008;
  9. Yland JJ, McKinnon CJ, Hatch EE, Eisenberg ML, Nillni YI, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. A Prospective Study of Male Depression, Psychotropic Medication Use, and Fecundability. Am J Mens Health. 2022 Jan-Feb; 16(1):15579883221075520.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35144505; PMCID: PMC8841933; DOI: 10.1177/15579883221075520;
  10. Franz MR, Sanders W, Nillni YI, Vogt D, Matteo R, Galovski T. PTSD and parental functioning: The protective role of neighborhood cohesion among Black and White veterans. Psychol Trauma. 2022 Apr; 14(S1):S4-S12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34591535
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150 S Huntington Avenue
Jamaica Plain MA 02130
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