Debra Kaysen

Dr. 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 a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She is the Director of the Trauma Recovery Innovations Program at the University of Washington, a division dedicated to developing and testing more robust interventions for trauma-exposed populations. Dr. Kaysen’s research is situated at the interface of PTSD and Addictions, and includes both etiologic and prevention/treatment-oriented studies. This includes research on improving treatments for those with PTSD and addiction, as well as conducting novel research identifying mechanisms for trauma-related symptoms and substance use development and maintenance. 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. She has been highly productive in disseminating her work with over 90 peer reviewed publications. Dr. Kaysen is board certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Kaysen is a trainer in Cognitive Processing Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD providing a wide range of CPT workshops in the US, Canada, Australia, and in low- and middle-income countries.

Select Publications:
Litt, D.M., Lewis, M.A., Rhew, I.C., Hodge, K.A., & Kaysen, D.L. (in press). Reciprocal relationships over time between descriptive norms and alcohol use in young adult sexual minority women. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Valenstein-Mah, H., Larimer, M., Zoellner, L., & Kaysen, D. (in press). Do drinking consequences predict sexual revictimization in a college sample of binge-drinking women? Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Weiss, W., Murray, L., Zangana, G., Mahmooth, Z., Kaysen, D., Dorsey, S., Lindgren, K., Gross, A., Murray, S., Bass, J., & Bolton, P. (in press). Community-based mental health treatments for survivors of torture and militant attacks in Southern Iraq: A randomized control trial. BMC Psychiatry.

Stappenbeck, C. A., Hassija, C. M., Zimmerman, L., & Kaysen, D. (2015). Sexual assault related distress and drinking: The influence of daily reports of social support and coping control. Addictive Behaviors, 42, 108-113.

Zimmerman, L., Darnell, D., Rhew, I., Lee, C. M., & Kaysen, D. (2015). Resilience in community: A social ecological development model for early adult sexual minority women rejected by family. American Journal of Community Psychology, 55(1-2), 179-190.

Bolton, P., Bass, J. K., Sabir Zangana, G. A., Kamal, T., Murray, S. M., Kaysen, D., Lejuez, C. W., Lindgren, K., Pagoto, S., Murray, L. K., Skavenski Van Wyk, S., Ahmed, A. M. A., Mohammad Amin, N. M. , & Rosenblum, M. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of mental health interventions for survivors of systematic violence in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq. BMC Psychiatry, 14(1), 360-375.

Kaysen, D., Atkins, D., Simpson, T., Stappenbeck, C., Blayney, J., Lee, C. M., & Larimer, M. E. (2014). Proximal relationships between PTSD symptoms and drinking among female college students: Results from a Daily Monitoring Study. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28(1), 62-73.

Kaysen, D., Kulesza, M., Balsam, K. F., Rhew, I., Blayney, J., Lehavot, K., & Hughes, T., (2014). Coping as a mediator of internalized homophobia and psychological distress among young adult sexual minority women. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1(3), 225-233.

Kaysen, D., Schumm, J., Pedersen, E., Seim, R. W., Bedard-Gilligan, M., & Chard, K. (2014). Cognitive Processing Therapy for veterans with comorbid PTSD and Alcohol Use Disorders. Addictive Behaviors, 39(2), 420-427.

Simpson, T. L, Stappenbeck, C. A., Luterek, J., Lehavot, K. & Kaysen, D. (2014). Drinking motives moderate daily relationships between PTSD symptoms and alcohol use. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123(1), 237-247.

Bass, J., Annan, J., Murray, S. M., Kaysen, D., Griffiths, S., Cetinoglu, T., Wachter, K., Murray, L. K., & Bolton, P. A. (2013). Controlled trial of psychotherapy for Congolese survivors of sexual violence. New England Journal of Medicine, 368(23), 2182-2191.

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.

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:
Evaluation of Gender Based Violence Program in South Kivu

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