Yael I. Nillni, PhD
Associate 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 for Treatment of PTSD During Pregnancy
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 Reconsolidation Blockade by IV Allopregnanolone in PTSD
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. Nillni YI, Horenstein A, McClendon J, Duke CC, Sawdy M, Galovski TE. The impact of perceived everyday discrimination and income on racial and ethnic disparities in PTSD, depression, and anxiety among veterans. PLoS One. 2023; 18(9):e0291965.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37751447; PMCID: PMC10521990; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0291965;
  2. Fox AB, Baier AL, Alpert E, Nillni YI, Galovski TE. Psychosocial and Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of Veteran Men and Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2023 Oct; 32(10):1041-1051.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37610854
  3. Rossi FS, Nillni Y, Fox AB, Galovski TE. The association between lifetime trauma exposure typologies and mental health outcomes among veterans. Psychiatry Res. 2023 Aug; 326:115321.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37356252
  4. Valentine SE, Alshabani N, Godfrey LB, Paul E, Clark C, Giovannini K, Nillni YI. Considerations for the provision of PTSD treatment among pregnant women with substance use histories: A clinical conceptual model based on case consultation field notes. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2023; 84:3-11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37270989; PMCID: PMC10527811; DOI: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2023.05.013;
  5. 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 Aug; 38(15-16):9465-9491.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37102588
  6. 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; 83:66-74.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37119780; PMCID: PMC10587907; DOI: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2023.04.013;
  7. 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 Jun; 71(3-4):395-409.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36661400
  8. 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
  9. 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;
  10. 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
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150 S Huntington Avenue
Jamaica Plain MA 02130
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