Debra Kaysen

Debra Kaysen, Ph.D. |CV
Professor, Psychiatry
Depression Therapy Research Endowed Professor
1100 NE 45th, Suite 300, Office 338
Box 354944 Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 221-4657

Dr. Kaysen is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department with adjunct positions in the Departments of Psychology and of Global Health. Dr. Kaysen’s research is situated at the interface of PTSD and Addictions, and includes both etiologic and prevention/treatment-oriented studies. She has received grants from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institutes of Drug Abuse, and the Alcohol Beverage Medical Research Foundation. Dr. Kaysen has published over 60 journal articles. She has previously been awarded the New Investigator Award from the Women’s SIG of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and an early Career poster award from Division 50 of the American Psychological Association and NIAAA. In addition, she is a national trainer in Cognitive Processing Therapy, an empirically supported therapy for PTSD. As such, she has conducted CPT trainings throughout the United States, Australia, and Canada. She has worked on three randomized clinical trials in collaboration with colleagues at Johns Hopkins University adapting Cognitive Processing Therapy for use in low and medium resource countries including Iraq and Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Kaysen is currently conducting a research trial to evaluate two different possible treatment approaches for PTSD with comorbid alcohol use disorders.

Select Publications:
Kaysen, D., Atkins, D., Simpson, T., Stappenbeck, C., Blayney, J., Lee, C.M., & Larimer, M.E. (in press). Proximal relationships between PTSD symptoms and drinking among female college students: Results from a Daily Monitoring Study. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Simpson, T.L., Stappenbeck, C.A., Varra, A.A., Moore, S.A., & Kaysen, D.L. (in press). Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress predict craving among alcohol treatment seekers: Results of a daily monitoring study. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Kaysen, D., Lindgren, K., Sabir Zangana, G.A., Murray, L., Bass, J., & Bolton, P. (2013). Adaptation of cognitive processing therapy for treatment of torture victims: Experience in Kurdistan, Iraq. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 5(2), 184-192.

Litt, D. M., Lewis, M. A., Blayney, J., & Kaysen, D. (2013). Anxiety as a mediator of the protective behavioral strategy and alcohol use relationship. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74, 168-174.

Stappenbeck, C.A., Bedard-Gilligan, M., Lee, C.M., & Kaysen, D. (2013). Drinking motives for self and others predict alcohol use and consequences among college women: The moderating effects of PTSD. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 1831-1839.

Naragon-Gainey, K., Simpson, T., Moore, S., Varra, A., & Kaysen, D. (2012). The correspondence of aggregated daily PTSD symptom reports and retrospective report: Examining the roles of symptom instability, PTSD symptom clusters, and depression symptoms. Psychological Assessment, 24, 1041-1047.

Kaysen, D., Atkins, D.C., Moore, S.A., Lindgren, K.P., Dillworth, T., & Simpson, T. (2011). Alcohol use, problems, and the course of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A prospective study of female crime victims. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 7(4), 262-279.

Current Research Grants:
Sequence of Symptom Change During AUD or PTSD Treatment for Comorbid PTSD/AUD (R01AA020252)

High Risk Drinking in Emerging Adult At-Risk Women (R01AA018292)

Past Research Grants:
A Daily Process Examination of Alcohol Use and PTSD in Female College Students (R21AA016211)

Emotional Engagement and Relapse to Alcohol Use in Women with a History of Trauma

Improving Effectiveness of Treatment for Torture Survivors