Yael I. Nillni, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Yael Nillni
150 S Huntington Avenue


Expertise and Interests:

-Impact of trauma and mental health on women’s reproductive health, including pregnancy outcomes and postpartum health

-Impact of the menstrual cycle and its underlying neurobiology on PTSD course and treatment

-Identification of gender-specific vulnerability-stress pathways in the pathogenesis of psychopathology

-Refinement of existing interventions to improve their effectiveness for women

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • University of Vermont, PhD
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, BA


  • Published on 4/15/2020

    Nillni YI, Shayani DR, Finley E, Copeland LA, Perkins DF, Vogt DS. The Impact of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Moral Injury on Women Veterans' Perinatal Outcomes Following Separation From Military Service. J Trauma Stress. 2020 Apr 15. PMID: 32291816.

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  • Published on 3/1/2020

    Copeland LA, Finley EP, Vogt D, Perkins DF, Nillni YI. Gender differences in newly separated veterans' use of healthcare. Am J Manag Care. 2020 Mar; 26(3):97-104. PMID: 32181624.

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  • Published on 1/2/2020

    Vogt DS, Tyrell FA, Bramande EA, Nillni YI, Taverna EC, Finley EP, Perkins DF, Copeland LA. U.S. Military Veterans' Health and Well-Being in the First Year After Service. Am J Prev Med. 2020 03; 58(3):352-360. PMID: 31902684.

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  • Published on 11/18/2019

    Katon JG, Gerber MR, Nillni YI, Patton EW. Consequences of Military Sexual Trauma for Perinatal Mental Health: How Do We Improve Care for Pregnant Veterans with a History of Sexual Trauma? J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2020 Jan; 29(1):5-6. PMID: 31738642.

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  • Published on 8/27/2019

    Nillni YI, Arditte Hall KA, Langdon KJ, Pineles SL. Examination of the stability of the anxiety sensitivity index across the menstrual cycle in trauma-exposed women with and without PTSD. Anxiety Stress Coping. 2020 01; 33(1):115-121. PMID: 31455152.

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  • Published on 4/19/2019

    Katon JG, Zephyrin L, Meoli A, Hulugalle A, Bosch J, Callegari L, Galvan IV, Gray KE, Haeger KO, Hoffmire C, Levis S, Ma EW, Mccabe JE, Nillni YI, Pineles SL, Reddy SM, Savitz DA, Shaw JG, Patton EW. Reproductive Health of Women Veterans: A Systematic Review of the Literature from 2008 to 2017. Semin Reprod Med. 2018 11; 36(6):315-322. PMID: 31003246.

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  • Published on 4/8/2019

    Vogt D, Taverna EC, Nillni YI, Booth B, Perkins DF, Copeland LA, Finley EP, Tyrell FA, Gilman CL. Development and Validation of a Tool to Assess Military Veterans' Status, Functioning, and Satisfaction with Key Aspects of their Lives. Appl Psychol Health Well Being. 2019 07; 11(2):328-349. PMID: 30963703.

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  • Published on 3/28/2019

    Rohan KJ, Meyerhoff J, Ho SY, Roecklein KA, Nillni YI, Hillhouse JJ, DeSarno MJ, Vacek PM. A measure of cognitions specific to seasonal depression: Development and validation of the Seasonal Beliefs Questionnaire. Psychol Assess. 2019 Jul; 31(7):925-938. PMID: 30920245.

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  • Published on 2/21/2019

    Bublitz MH, Nillni Y, Livingston Z, Carpenter M, Salmoirago-Blotcher E. Phone-Delivered Mindfulness Training for Pregnant Women at Risk for Preterm Birth. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 04; 25(4):444-445. PMID: 30789281.

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  • Published on 2/1/2019

    Nillni YI, Gutner CA. Treatment for perinatal depression: movement towards scalability. Lancet Psychiatry. 2019 02; 6(2):83-85. PMID: 30686388.

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