Jennifer J. Vasterling, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry

Jennifer Vasterling
150 S Huntington Avenue


Dr. Vasterling serves as the Chief of Psychology at VA Boston Healthcare System. She is also a clinical investigator within the Behavioral Sciences Division of the VA National Center for PTSD. Dr. Vasterling obtained her Ph.D. in psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1988, subsequently completing pre- and post-doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at the VA Boston Healthcare System/Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Vasterling has served on the editorial boards of several journals, and currently serves on the board of Psychological Assessment. Her research has centered on neurocognitive and emotional changes that accompany war-zone deployment and posttraumatic stress responses. She is the lead editor of the sole book on the neuropsychology of PTSD and of a book on mild traumatic brain injury and PTSD. She is additionally an editor of a book addressing the mental health concerns of returning veterans.

Dr. Vasterling is the 2009 recipient of the American Psychological Association Trauma Psychology (Division 56) Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award. Her recent work, funded by the VA Cooperative Studies program and NIMH, involves longitudinal examination of neuropsychological and emotional outcomes of military deployment to Iraq and the mental health outcomes of their family members. She currently serves as President of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40 of the American Psychological Association).

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Vanderbilt University, PhD
  • Louisiana State University, BS


  • Published on 11/1/2018

    McFarland CP, Vasterling JJ. Prospective Memory in Depression: Review of an Emerging Field. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2018 Nov 01; 33(7):912-930. PMID: 29228162.

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  • Published on 9/17/2018

    Vasterling JJ, Arditte Hall KA. Neurocognitive and Information Processing Biases in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2018 Sep 17; 20(11):99. PMID: 30221310.

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  • Published on 3/1/2018

    Higgins DM, Martin AM, Baker DG, Vasterling JJ, Risbrough V. The Relationship Between Chronic Pain and Neurocognitive Function: A Systematic Review. Clin J Pain. 2018 03; 34(3):262-275. PMID: 28719507.

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  • Published on 2/1/2018

    Brailey K, Mills MA, Marx BP, Proctor SP, Seal KH, Spiro A, Ulloa EW, Vasterling JJ. Prospective Examination of Early Associations of Iraq War Zone Deployment, Combat Severity, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with New Incident Medical Diagnoses. J Trauma Stress. 2018 Feb; 31(1):102-113. PMID: 29513919.

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  • Published on 1/31/2018

    Ciarleglio MM, Aslan M, Proctor SP, Concato J, Ko J, Kaiser AP, Vasterling JJ. Associations of Stress Exposures and Social Support With Long-Term Mental Health Outcomes Among U.S. Iraq War Veterans. Behav Ther. 2018 09; 49(5):653-667. PMID: 30146134.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Ciarleglio MM, Aslan M, Proctor SP, Concato J, Ko J, Pless Kaiser A, Vasterling JJ. Associations of Stress Exposures and Social Support With Subsequent Long-Term Mental Health Outcomes Among U.S. Iraq War Veterans. Behavior Therapy. 2018.

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  • Published on 12/4/2017

    Vasterling JJ, Aslan M, Lee LO, Proctor SP, Ko J, Jacob S, Concato J. Longitudinal Associations among Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Neurocognitive Functioning in Army Soldiers Deployed to the Iraq War. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2018 Apr; 24(4):311-323. PMID: 29199924.

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  • Published on 11/14/2017

    Vasterling JJ, Jacob SN, Rasmusson A. Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Conceptual, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic Considerations in the Context of Co-Occurrence. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2018; 30(2):91-100. PMID: 29132272.

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  • Published on 10/14/2017

    Samuelson KW, Abadjian L, Jordan JT, Bartel A, Vasterling J, Seal K. The Association Between PTSD and Functional Outcome Is Mediated by Perception of Cognitive Problems Rather Than Objective Neuropsychological Test Performance. J Trauma Stress. 2017 Oct; 30(5):521-530. PMID: 29030878.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Deming CA, Vasterling JJ. Workplace Social Support and Behavioral Health Prior to Long-Duration Spaceflight. Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2017 Jun 01; 88(6):565-573. PMID: 28539145.

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