Brett Litz, Ph. D


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  • Ph.D., SUNY Binghamton

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Litz earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and did his clinical internship at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and the Psychology Department at Boston University as well as the Director of the Mental Health Core of the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System.

Research Interests

Dr. Litz is principal investigator on various research projects funded by the Department of Defense and the NIMH. He is internationally recognized as an expert on military trauma and early intervention for trauma and traumatic loss and devotes his career to evaluating the mental health outcomes associated with military deployments across the lifespan, the assessment and treatment of PTSD using Telehealth approaches, with an emphasis on early intervention for combat and operational trauma and loss. Dr. Litz’s recent work entails evaluations of the psychological and social impact of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars chiefly among active-duty military personnel as well the development and testing of novel primary prevention, pre-clinical, and clinical intervention strategies for service members. He has over 200 publications and has authored two books. Dr. Litz is a fellow in the American Psychopathological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, and he is a member of the Psychological Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board. He has also been a member of various special committees sponsored by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Selected Publications

  • Baker, D., Nash, W., Litz, B.T., Geyer, M., Risbrough, V., Nievergelt, C., O’Connor, D. Larson, G, Schork, N.J., Vasterling, J., Hammer, P, Webb-Murphy, J, and the MRS Team (2012). The Marine Resiliency Study, a Prospective Multi-System Study of Predictors of Risk and Resilience for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Ground Combat Marines: Study Methods and Pre-deployment Participant Demographics and Descriptors. Preventing Chronic Disease, Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy, 9, 1-11.
  • Gray, M., Schorr, Y., Nash, W., Lebowitz, L., Lansing, L., Lang, A. & Litz, B. (2012). Adaptive Disclosure: An open trial of a novel exposure-based intervention for service members with combat-related psychological stress injuries. Behavior Therapy, 43(2), 407-415.
  • Litz, B. T., & Gray, M. J. (2004). Early intervention for trauma in adults.  In B. Litz (Ed.). Early intervention for trauma and traumatic loss (pp. 87-111). New York: Guilford Publications.
  • Litz, B. T., Engel, C. C., Bryant, R., & Papa, A. (2007). A randomized controlled proof of concept trial of an internet-based therapist-assisted self-management treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 1676-1683
  • Litz, B. T., & Salters-Pednault, K. (2007). Art and science in the psychological treatment of trauma survivors. In S. Hofmann, & J. Weinberger (Eds.), The art and science of psychotherapy (pp. 211-230). Oxford: Routledge.
  • Litz, B. T., Salters-Pedneault, K., Steenkamp, M. M., Hermos, J. A., Bryant, R. A., Otto, M. W., & Hofmann, S. G. (2012). A randomized placebo-controlled trial of D-cycloserine and exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder.  Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46, 1184-1190.
  • Litz, B. T., & Schlenger, W. E (2009). Posttraumatic stress disorder in service members and new veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars: A bibliography and critique. PTSD Research Quarterly, 20, 1-7.
  • Nash, W., Steenkamp, M., Conoscenti, L., & Litz, B.T. (2012). The Stress Continuum Model: A Military Organizational Approach to Resilience and Recovery. In S. Southwick, B. T. Litz, M. Friedman, & D. Charney, (Eds.). Resiliency in clinical practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Southwick, S., Litz, B. T., Friedman, M., Charney, D. (Eds.) (2012). Resiliency in Clinical Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Litz, B.T., Steenkamp, M. M., Nash, W. P. (in press). Resilience and recovery in the military. In N. Feeney (Ed.), Facilitating resilience and recovery following traumatic events. New York, NY: Guilford Publications.
  • Barnes, J., Dickstein, B. D., Maguen, S., Neria, Y., & Litz, B. T. (2012). The distinctiveness of prolonged grief and posttraumatic stress disorder in adults bereaved by the attacks of September 11th. Journal of Affective Disorders, 136(3), 366-369.
  • Litz, B.T., Stein, N., Delaney, E., Lebowitz, L., Nash, W. P., Silva, C., & Maguen, S. (2009).  Moral injury and moral repair in war veterans: A preliminary model and intervention strategy. Clinical Psychology Review, 29(8), 695–706.


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