Brett T. Litz, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry

Brett Litz
150 S Huntington Avenue


Dr. Litz is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological and Brain Sciences 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. He is principal investigator on various research projects funded by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Litz is internationally recognized as an expert on PTSD, military trauma, and the early intervention and treatment of trauma, traumatic loss, and moral injury. He also evaluates the mental health outcomes associated with military deployments across the lifespan and develops and validates assessment instruments to evaluate PTSD and moral injury.

Dr. Litz’s recent work entails evaluations of the psychiatric, psychological, social, and spiritual impact of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars among active-duty military personnel and veterans and conducting clinical trials of a psychotherapy developed by Dr. Litz and his colleagues called Adaptive Disclosure ( that targets warzone trauma, loss, and moral injury. He has 300 publications and has authored three books. Dr. Litz is also a fellow of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychopathological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science, and he is a former 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 7/9/2018

    Schorr Y, Stein NR, Maguen S, Barnes JB, Bosch J, Litz BT. Sources of moral injury among war veterans: A qualitative evaluation. J Clin Psychol. 2018 Jul 09. PMID: 29984839.

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  • Published on 7/1/2018

    Bhalla A, Allen E, Renshaw K, Kenny J, Litz B. Emotional numbing symptoms partially mediate the association between exposure to potentially morally injurious experiences and sexual anxiety for male service members. J Trauma Dissociation. 2018 Jul-Sep; 19(4):417-430. PMID: 29601288.

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  • Published on 6/19/2018

    Peterson AL, Baker MT, Moore CBA, Hale WJ, Joseph JS, Straud CL, Lancaster CL, McNally RJ, Isler WC, Litz BT, Mintz J. Deployed Military Medical Personnel: Impact of Combat and Healthcare Trauma Exposure. Mil Med. 2018 Jun 19. PMID: 29931192.

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  • Published on 6/1/2018

    Taylor DJ, Peterson AL, Pruiksma KE, Hale WJ, Young-McCaughan S, Wilkerson A, Nicholson K, Litz BT, Dondanville KA, Roache JD, Borah EV, Brundige A, Mintz J. Impact of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia disorder on sleep and comorbid symptoms in military personnel: a randomized clinical trial. Sleep. 2018 Jun 01; 41(6). PMID: 29618098.

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  • Published on 4/1/2018

    Asnaani A, Kaczkurkin AN, Benhamou K, Yarvis JS, Peterson AL, Young-McCaughan S, Borah EV, Dondanville KA, Hembree EA, Litz BT, Mintz J, Foa EB. The Influence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on Health Functioning in Active-Duty Military Service Members. J Trauma Stress. 2018 Apr; 31(2):307-316. PMID: 29669183.

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  • Published on 4/1/2018

    Litz BT, Contractor AA, Rhodes C, Dondanville KA, Jordan AH, Resick PA, Foa EB, Young-McCaughan S, Mintz J, Yarvis JS, Peterson AL. Distinct Trauma Types in Military Service Members Seeking Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. J Trauma Stress. 2018 Apr; 31(2):286-295. PMID: 29669185.

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  • Published on 4/1/2018

    Kline NK, Berke DS, Rhodes CA, Steenkamp MM, Litz BT. Self-Blame and PTSD Following Sexual Assault: A Longitudinal Analysis. J Interpers Violence. 2018 Apr 01; 886260518770652. PMID: 29683081.

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  • Published on 3/15/2018

    Taylor DJ, Wilkerson AK, Pruiksma KE, Williams JM, Ruggero CJ, Hale W, Mintz J, Organek KM, Nicholson KL, Litz BT, Young-McCaughan S, Dondanville KA, Borah EV, Brundige A, Peterson AL. Reliability of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 Sleep Disorders Module. J Clin Sleep Med. 2018 Mar 15; 14(3):459-464. PMID: 29458705.

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  • 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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