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 6/4/2019

    Litz BT, Kerig PK. Introduction to the Special Issue on Moral Injury: Conceptual Challenges, Methodological Issues, and Clinical Applications. J Trauma Stress. 2019 Jun 04. PMID: 31162737.

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  • Published on 5/9/2019

    Presseau C, Litz BT, Kline NK, Elsayed NM, Maurer D, Kelly K, Dondanville KA, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL, Williamson DE. An epidemiological evaluation of trauma types in a cohort of deployed service members. Psychol Trauma. 2019 May 09. PMID: 31070441.

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  • Published on 5/1/2019

    Ben Barnes J, Presseau C, Jordan AH, Kline NK, Young-McCaughan S, Keane TM, Peterson AL, Litz BT. Common Data Elements in the Assessment of Military-Related PTSD Research Applied in the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD. Mil Med. 2019 May 01; 184(5-6):e218-e226. PMID: 30252077.

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  • Published on 4/18/2019

    Frankfurt S, Frazier P, Litz BT, Schnurr PP, Orazem RJ, Gravely A, Sayer N. Online expressive writing intervention for reintegration difficulties among veterans: Who is most likely to benefit? Psychol Trauma. 2019 Apr 18. PMID: 30998059.

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  • Published on 4/15/2019

    Abdallah CG, Roache JD, Averill LA, Young-McCaughan S, Martini B, Gueorguieva R, Amoroso T, Southwick SM, Guthmiller K, López-Roca AL, Lautenschlager K, Mintz J, Litz BT, Williamson DE, Keane TM, Peterson AL, Krystal JH. Repeated ketamine infusions for antidepressant-resistant PTSD: Methods of a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2019 Jun; 81:11-18. PMID: 30999057.

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  • Published on 4/10/2019

    Brown LA, McLean CP, Zang Y, Zandberg L, Mintz J, Yarvis JS, Litz BT, Peterson AL, Bryan CJ, Fina B, Petersen J, Dondanville KA, Roache JD, Young-McCaughan S, Foa EB. Does prolonged exposure increase suicide risk? Results from an active duty military sample. Behav Res Ther. 2019 Jul; 118:87-93. PMID: 31022593.

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  • Published on 4/4/2019

    Yeterian JD, Berke DS, Carney JR, McIntyre-Smith A, St Cyr K, King L, Kline NK, Phelps A, Litz BT. Defining and Measuring Moral Injury: Rationale, Design, and Preliminary Findings From the Moral Injury Outcome Scale Consortium. J Trauma Stress. 2019 Apr 04. PMID: 30947372.

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  • Published on 3/28/2019

    Dondanville KA, Wachen JS, Hale WJ, Mintz J, Roache JD, Carson C, Litz BT, Yarvis JS, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL, Resick PA. Examination of Treatment Effects on Hazardous Drinking Among Service Members With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. J Trauma Stress. 2019 Apr; 32(2):310-316. PMID: 30920684.

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  • Published on 3/8/2019

    Berke DS, Kline NK, Wachen JS, McLean CP, Yarvis JS, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL, Foa E, Resick PA, Litz BT. Predictors of attendance and dropout in three randomized controlled trials of PTSD treatment for active duty service members. Behav Res Ther. 2019 Jul; 118:7-17. PMID: 30933748.

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  • Published on 1/28/2019

    Griffin BJ, Purcell N, Burkman K, Litz BT, Bryan CJ, Schmitz M, Villierme C, Walsh J, Maguen S. Moral Injury: An Integrative Review. J Trauma Stress. 2019 Jan 28. PMID: 30688367.

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