Johanna Thompson-Hollands, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Johanna Thompson-Hollands
150 S Huntington Avenue


Johanna Thompson-Hollands, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her Master’s and Doctoral training in the Barlow Lab at Boston University, examining treatment development and treatment outcome in anxiety and mood disorders. She was heavily involved in the testing and refinement of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders. While at BU, Dr. Thompson-Hollands also developed a brief family intervention which is delivered as an adjunct to traditional individual exposure-based therapy. Following her graduate work, she transitioned to working in the VA system, first as a predoctoral intern and later as a research fellow and finally a research psychologist. Her work continues to focus on treatment development and outcome, with a particular emphasis on the role of family and other social supports in enhancing outcomes and retention.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Boston University, PhD
  • Boston University, MA
  • Tufts University, BA


  • Published on 8/24/2018

    Thompson-Hollands J, Marx BP, Lee DJ, Resick PA, Sloan DM. Long-term treatment gains of a brief exposure-based treatment for PTSD. Depress Anxiety. 2018 10; 35(10):985-991. PMID: 30144228.

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  • Published on 7/25/2018

    Lee DJ, Thompson-Hollands J, Strage MF, Marx BP, Unger W, Beck JG, Sloan DM. Latent Factor Structure and Construct Validity of the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire-Short Form Among Two PTSD Samples. Assessment. 2018 Jul 25; 1073191118791301. PMID: 30043646.

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  • Published on 3/1/2018

    Thompson-Hollands J, Litwack SD, Ryabchenko KA, Niles BL, Beck JG, Unger W, Sloan DM. Alliance across group treatment for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: The role of interpersonal trauma and treatment type. Group Dyn. 2018 Mar; 22(1):1-15. PMID: 29755256.

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  • Published on 9/1/2017

    Barlow DH, Farchione TJ, Bullis JR, Gallagher MW, Murray-Latin H, Sauer-Zavala S, Bentley KH, Thompson-Hollands J, Conklin LR, Boswell JF, Ametaj A, Carl JR, Boettcher HT, Cassiello-Robbins C. The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders Compared With Diagnosis-Specific Protocols for Anxiety Disorders: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Sep 01; 74(9):875-884. PMID: 28768327.

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  • Published on 4/25/2017

    Sauer-Zavala S, Boswell JF, Bentley KH, Thompson-Hollands J, Farchione TJ, Barlow DH. Expectancies, working alliance, and outcome in transdiagnostic and single diagnosis treatment for anxiety disorders: An investigation of mediation. Cognit Ther Res. 2018 Apr; 42(2):135-145. PMID: 29755154.

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  • Published on 4/1/2017

    Thompson-Hollands J, Jun JJ, Sloan DM. The Association Between Peritraumatic Dissociation and PTSD Symptoms: The Mediating Role of Negative Beliefs About the Self. J Trauma Stress. 2017 Apr; 30(2):190-194. PMID: 28449364.

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  • Published on 10/22/2016

    Sauer-Zavala S, Cassiello-Robbins C, Conklin LR, Bullis JR, Thompson-Hollands J, Kennedy KA. Isolating the Unique Effects of the Unified Protocol Treatment Modules Using Single Case Experimental Design. Behav Modif. 2017 Mar; 41(2):286-307. PMID: 28198196.

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  • Published on 11/11/2014

    Thompson-Hollands J, Abramovitch A, Tompson MC, Barlow DH. A randomized clinical trial of a brief family intervention to reduce accommodation in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a preliminary study. Behav Ther. 2015 Mar; 46(2):218-29. PMID: 25645170.

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  • Published on 11/1/2014

    Thompson-Hollands J, Sauer-Zavala S, Barlow DH. CBT and the future of personalized treatment: a proposal. Depress Anxiety. 2014 Nov; 31(11):909-11. PMID: 25407579.

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  • Published on 10/14/2014

    Bullis JR, Sauer-Zavala S, Bentley KH, Thompson-Hollands J, Carl JR, Barlow DH. The unified protocol for transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders: preliminary exploration of effectiveness for group delivery. Behav Modif. 2015 Mar; 39(2):295-321. PMID: 25316034.

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