I am a staff psychologist and military sexual trauma coordinator at the VA Boston Healthcare System. I also am an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine.
I received my B.S. in Psychology from Brown University. I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. During that time, I completed a pre-doctoral NIDA F31 grant focused on the role of distress tolerance and other factors on the development of substance use among youth. I completed my pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Mississippi Consortium (the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center) and my post doctoral fellowship at Stanford University/the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
My research explores the effects of trauma across the lifespan, with a focus on negative outcomes predicted by trauma (e.g., risky sex, substance use, and internalizing disorders) and potential mediators and moderators of the post-trauma trajectory (e.g., low distress tolerance, genetics). I seek to apply this knowledge in developing novel treatments for veterans dually-diagnosed with PTSD and substance use disorders (SUDs). Specifically, I am interested in increasing the retention and engagement of difficult-to-treat populations. I hope to target common factors linking PTSD-SUD (e.g., low distress tolerance) by developing add-on treatment modules to help veterans who may struggle with existing interventions.
- VA Boston Healthcare System
- University of Maryland, PhD
- University of Maryland, MS
- Brown University, BS
- Published on 3/28/2022
Contractor AA, Banducci AN, Jin L. The Relationship between Positive Memory Phenomenology and Alcohol Use among Trauma-Exposed Individuals. Subst Use Misuse. 2022; 57(6):929-939. PMID: 35345976.
- Published on 4/22/2021
Contractor AA, Banducci AN, Weiss NH. Critical considerations for the positive memory-posttraumatic stress disorder model. Clin Psychol Psychother. 2022 Jan; 29(1):81-91. PMID: 33870586.
- Published on 3/18/2021
Contractor AA, Caldas SV, Banducci AN, Armour C. A pilot study examining roles of cognitions and affect between positive memory processing and posttraumatic stress disorder symptom severity. Psychol Trauma. 2022 May; 14(4):661-668. PMID: 33734770.
- Published on 12/3/2020
Livingston NA, Ameral V, Banducci AN, Weisberg RB. Unprecedented need and recommendations for harnessing data to guide future policy and practice for opioid use disorder treatment following COVID-19. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 03; 122:108222. PMID: 33303255.
- Published on 7/7/2020
Banducci AN, Contractor AA, Weiss NH, Dranger P. Do positive memory characteristics relate to reckless behaviours? an exploratory study in a treatment-seeking traumatised sample. Memory. 2020 08; 28(7):950-956. PMID: 32633631.
- Published on 6/11/2020
Banducci AN, Weiss NH. Caring for patients with posttraumatic stress and substance use disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychol Trauma. 2020 Aug; 12(S1):S113-S114. PMID: 32525388.
- Published on 9/25/2019
Contractor AA, Banducci AN, Jin L, Keegan FS, Weiss NH. Effects of processing positive memories on posttrauma mental health: A preliminary study in a non-clinical student sample. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 2020 03; 66:101516. PMID: 31634724.
- Published on 6/24/2019
Banducci AN, McCaughey VK, Gradus JL, Street AE. The associations between deployment experiences, PTSD, and alcohol use among male and female veterans. Addict Behav. 2019 11; 98:106032. PMID: 31336265.
- Published on 6/12/2019
Contractor AA, Banducci AN, Dolan M, Keegan F, Weiss NH. Relation of positive memory recall count and accessibility with post-trauma mental health. Memory. 2019 09; 27(8):1130-1143. PMID: 31189410.
- Published on 6/25/2018
Contractor AA, Brown LA, Caldas SV, Banducci AN, Taylor DJ, Armour C, Shea MT. Posttraumatic stress disorder and positive memories: Clinical considerations. J Anxiety Disord. 2018 08; 58:23-32. PMID: 30025253.
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