Lisa M Najavits, PhD

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Department of Psychiatry
Boston University, USA

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Lisa M. Najavits, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Lecturer, Harvard Medical School; Clinical Psychologist at VA Boston; and Clinical Associate, McLean Hospital. Dr. Najavits is author of the books Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse (2002) and A Woman’s Addiction Workbook (New Harbinger Press; 2002), as well as over 140 professional publications. Dr. Najavits has received various awards, including the 1997 Young Professional Award of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; the 1998 Early Career Contribution Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research; the 2004 Emerging Leadership Award of the American Psychological Association Committee on Women; and the 2009 Betty Ford Award of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. Dr. Najavits is currently Past-President resident of the American Psychological Association Division on Addictions; and on various advisory boards of Psychotherapy Research, Addiction Research and Theory, and the Journal of Gambling Studies. Dr. Najavits has received a variety of National Institutes of Health and other research grants. Her major clinical and research interests address vulnerable populations, including homeless, women, veterans, and community-based care; she specializes on trauma/substance abuse, development of new psychotherapies, and evaluation and outcome research. Dr. Najavits is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts; a psychotherapy supervisor; and conducts a psychotherapy practice.

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Dr. Lisa M. Najavits's research interests include: Psycotherapy outcome research, substance use disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, dual diagnosis, women’s treatment, therapist outcomes, cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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