Tara Ellen Galovski, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Tara Galovski
150 S Huntington Avenue


Tara Galovski, PhD, Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System, has joined the faculty as associate professor of psychiatry.

Dr. Galovski is a researcher in the field of trauma recovery. She focuses on the development and testing of Cognitive Processing Therapy for survivors of interpersonal assault, combat, community violence and motor vehicle accidents suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In her work with civilians, veterans and law enforcement, she has investigated the impact of gender differences, chronicity of trauma, type of trauma and the presence of comorbid psychiatric disorders on the development and maintenance of PTSD as well as the recovery from PTSD. Her research interests also include studying the presentation and expression of anger and health-related consequences of stress and anxiety.

Dr. Galovski received her undergraduate degree from University of Rochester and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from SUNY-Albany. Her residency was completed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She joined the faculty of the University of Missouri- St. Louis before coming to BUSM. She holds numerous roles on journal editorial boards and professional societies.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • State University of New York at Albany, PhD
  • State University of New York at Albany, MA
  • University of Rochester, BA


  • Published on 11/1/2018

    Feingold ZR, Fox AB, Galovski TE. Effectiveness of evidence-based psychotherapy for posttraumatic distress within a jail diversion program. Psychol Serv. 2018 Nov; 15(4):409-418. PMID: 30382736.

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  • Published on 9/17/2018

    Galovski TE, Peterson ZD, Fox-Galalis A. Trajectories of Posttraumatic Stress and Depression in Police and Community Members Following the Violence during Civil Unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Am J Community Psychol. 2018 Sep 17. PMID: 30222868.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/5/2017

    Strasshofer DR, Peterson ZD, Beagley MC, Galovski TE. Investigating the relationship between posttraumatic stress symptoms and posttraumatic growth following community violence: The role of anger. Psychol Trauma. 2018 Sep; 10(5):515-522. PMID: 28981311.

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  • Published on 10/1/2016

    Gutner CA, Galovski T, Bovin MJ, Schnurr PP. Emergence of Transdiagnostic Treatments for PTSD and Posttraumatic Distress. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2016 Oct; 18(10):95. PMID: 27604362.

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  • Published on 6/2/2016

    Galovski TE, Peterson ZD, Beagley MC, Strasshofer DR, Held P, Fletcher TD. Exposure to Violence During Ferguson Protests: Mental Health Effects for Law Enforcement and Community Members. J Trauma Stress. 2016 Aug; 29(4):283-92. PMID: 27254474.

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  • Published on 4/19/2016

    Werner KB, Griffin MG, Galovski TE. Objective and subjective measurement of sleep disturbance in female trauma survivors with posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychiatry Res. 2016 06 30; 240:234-40. PMID: 27124208.

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  • Published on 3/2/2016

    Farmer CC, Mitchell KS, Parker-Guilbert K, Galovski TE. Fidelity to the Cognitive Processing Therapy Protocol: Evaluation of Critical Elements. Behav Ther. 2017 Mar; 48(2):195-206. PMID: 28270330.

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  • Published on 12/21/2015

    Galovski TE, Harik JM, Blain LM, Elwood L, Gloth C, Fletcher TD. Augmenting cognitive processing therapy to improve sleep impairment in PTSD: A randomized controlled trial. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2016 Feb; 84(2):167-77. PMID: 26689303.

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  • Published on 6/5/2015

    McNeill SA, Galovski TE. Coping Styles Among Individuals with Severe Mental Illness and Comorbid PTSD. Community Ment Health J. 2015 Aug; 51(6):663-73. PMID: 26044653.

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  • Published on 3/1/2015

    Mott JM, Galovski TE, Walsh RM, Elwood LS. Change in Trauma Narratives and Perceived Recall Ability over a Course of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. Traumatology (Tallahass Fla). 2015 Mar 01; 21(1):47-54. PMID: 26005396.

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