Brett T. Litz, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry

(857) 364-4131
150 S Huntington Avenue


Dr. Litz is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology and is also the Director of the Mental Health Core of the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Litz is principal investigator on various research projects funded by the Department of Defense and the NIMH. Dr. Litz 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.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • State University of New York at Binghamton, PhD
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, MA
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, BA


  • Published on 1/23/2018

    Foa EB, McLean CP, Zang Y, Rosenfield D, Yadin E, Yarvis JS, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, Borah EV, Dondanville KA, Fina BA, Hall-Clark BN, Lichner T, Litz BT, Roache J, Wright EC, Peterson AL. Effect of Prolonged Exposure Therapy Delivered Over 2 Weeks vs 8 Weeks vs Present-Centered Therapy on PTSD Symptom Severity in Military Personnel: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2018 01 23; 319(4):354-364. PMID: 29362795.

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  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Cigrang JA, Rauch SA, Mintz J, Brundige AR, Mitchell JA, Najera E, Litz BT, Young-McCaughan S, Roache JD, Hembree EA, Goodie JL, Sonnek SM, Peterson AL. Moving effective treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder to primary care: A randomized controlled trial with active duty military. Fam Syst Health. 2017 12; 35(4):450-462. PMID: 29283612.

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  • Published on 11/28/2017

    Trevino KM, Litz B, Papa A, Maciejewski PK, Lichtenthal W, Healy C, Prigerson HG. Bereavement Challenges and Their Relationship to Physical and Psychological Adjustment to Loss. J Palliat Med. 2017 Nov 28. PMID: 29182478.

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  • Published on 11/2/2017

    Ben Barnes J, Hayes AM, Contractor AA, Nash WP, Litz BT. The structure of co-occurring PTSD and depression symptoms in a cohort of Marines pre- and post-deployment. Psychiatry Res. 2018 Jan; 259:442-449. PMID: 29131993.

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  • Published on 8/1/2017

    Polusny MA, Erbes CR, Kramer MD, Thuras P, DeGarmo D, Koffel E, Litz B, Arbisi PA. Resilience and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in National Guard Soldiers Deployed to Iraq: A Prospective Study of Latent Class Trajectories and Their Predictors. J Trauma Stress. 2017 Aug; 30(4):351-361. PMID: 28763565.

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  • Published on 7/14/2017

    Yeterian JD, Berke DS, Litz BT. Psychosocial rehabilitation after war trauma with adaptive disclosure: Design and rationale of a comparative efficacy trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Oct; 61:10-15. PMID: 28713032.

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  • Published on 6/30/2017

    Kaczkurkin AN, Zang Y, Gay NG, Peterson AL, Yarvis JS, Borah EV, Dondanville KA, Hembree EA, Litz BT, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, Foa EB. Cognitive Emotion Regulation Strategies Associated With the DSM-5 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Criteria. J Trauma Stress. 2017 Aug; 30(4):343-350. PMID: 28665526.

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  • Published on 6/13/2017

    McLean CP, Zandberg L, Roache JD, Fitzgerald H, Pruiksma KE, Taylor DJ, Dondanville KA, Litz BT, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, Yarvis JS, Peterson AL, Foa EB. Caffeine Use in Military Personnel With PTSD: Prevalence and Impact on Sleep. Behav Sleep Med. 2017 Jun 13; 1-11. PMID: 28609150.

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  • Published on 5/4/2017

    Contractor AA, Bolton E, Gallagher MW, Rhodes C, Nash WP, Litz B. Longitudinal Measurement Invariance of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Deployed Marines. J Trauma Stress. 2017 Jun; 30(3):259-269. PMID: 28470977.

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  • Published on 1/9/2017

    Hall-Clark BN, Kaczkurkin AN, Asnaani A, Zhong J, Peterson AL, Yarvis JS, Borah EV, Dondanville KA, Hembree EA, Litz BT, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, Foa EB. Ethnoracial differences in PTSD symptoms and trauma-related cognitions in treatment-seeking active duty military personnel for PTSD. Psychol Trauma. 2017 Nov; 9(6):741-745. PMID: 28068141.

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