Lynda A. King, Ph. D

Research Professor

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  • Ph.D., University of Washington

Biographical Sketch

Lynda A. King earned her Ph.D. (Measurement, Research Design, and Statistics) from the University of Washington in Seattle. Since 1995, she has been affiliated with the VA Boston Healthcare System, primarily the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder but also the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center. She holds a joint appointment as Research Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. King has expertise in psychometric theory and techniques and is an author of several published measurement instruments. Her program of research relates to stress, trauma, and health, with emphasis on war-related stress symptomatology. Her work also addresses specific quantitative methods applied to topics in trauma and PTSD. She has headed a number of funded projects, including a study of factors contributing to domestic violence among Vietnam veteran families, a health services project to document dimensions of gender awareness (ideology, sensitivity, and knowledge) in the delivery of health care to women veterans, an investigation of psychosocial risk and resilience factors that may be implicated in Gulf War Illnesses, and the documentation of late-onset stress symptomatology among aging military veterans.

Dr. King has served as a reviewer for numerous journals, including: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Sex Roles, and others; Editorial Board: Assessment, Psychological Assessment, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, and Traumatic StressPoints. She served as an Associate Editor for Psychological Assessment from 2003-2005 and now is an Associate Editor for Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Policy, and Practice.

Dr. King is the recipient of the Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in the Field of PTSD and an award for Outstanding Contribution to Trauma Research Methodology, both from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Washington.

Selected Publications

  • King, L. A., King, D. W., Schuster, J., Park, C. L., Moore, J. L., Kaloupek, D. G., & Keane, T. M. (2011). Captivity stressors and mental health consequences among repatriated U.S. Navy, Army, and Marine Vietnam-era prisoners of war. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 3, 412-420.
  • King, L. A., King, D. W., Bolton, E. E., Knight, J. A., & Vogt, D. S. (2008). Risk factors for mental, physical, and functional health in Gulf War I veterans. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 3, 395-408.
  • King, L. A., King, D. W., Vickers, K., Davison, E. H., & Spiro, III, A. (2007). Assessing late-onset stress symptomatology among aging male combat veterans. Aging and Mental Health, 11, 175-191.
  • King, L. A., King, D. W., McArdle, J. J., Saxe, G. N., Doron-LaMarca, S., & Orazem, R. J. (2006). Latent difference score approach to longitudinal trauma research. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19, 771-785.
  • King, L. A., King, D. W., Vogt, D. S., Knight, J., & Samper, R. E. (2006). Deployment Risk and Resilience Inventory: A collection of measures for studying deployment-related experiences of military personnel and veterans. Military Psychology, 18, 89-120.
  • King, L.A., & King, D.W. (2004). Male-perpetrated domestic violence: Testing a series of multifactorial family models. Violence Against Women and Family Violence: Developments in Research, Practice, and Policy, National Institute of Justice, 199712.
  • King, L. A., King, D. W., Fairbank, J. A., Keane, T. M., & Adams, G. (1998). Resilience/recovery factors in posttraumatic stress disorder among female and male Vietnam veterans: Hardiness, postwar social support, and additional stressful life events. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74, 420-434.