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. 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.

Dr. Litz recent work entails the development and validation of a new measure of moral injury as a multidimensional outcome (the Moral Injury Outcome Scale; a public domain scale available by emailing Dr. Litz) and conducing a VA funded multisite clinical trial testing an expanded version of Adaptive Disclosure on Veterans with PTSD. Adaptive Disclosure is a flexible multidimensional psychotherapy that employs different strategies to target threat-based, loss-related, and moral injury-related trauma ( . Dr. Litz has over 370 peer reviewed publications is a fellow of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychopathological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • State University of New York at Binghamton, PhD
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, MA
  • Stony Brook University, BA


  • Published on 4/8/2024

    Monson CM, Pukay-Martin ND, Wagner AC, Crenshaw AO, Blount TH, Schobitz RP, Dondanville KA, Young-McCaughan S, Mintz J, Riggs DS, Brundige A, Hembree EA, Litz BT, Roache JD, Yarvis JS, Peterson AL. Cognitive-behavioural conjoint therapy versus prolonged exposure for PTSD in military service members and veterans: results and lessons from a randomized controlled trial. Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2024; 15(1):2330305. PMID: 38590124.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/28/2024

    Feder A, Kowalchyk ML, Brinkman HR, Cahn L, Aaronson CJ, Böttche M, Presseau C, Fred-Torres S, Markowitz JC, Litz BT, Yehuda R, Knaevelsrud C, Pietrzak RH. Randomized controlled trial of two internet-based written therapies for world trade center workers and survivors with persistent PTSD symptoms. Psychiatry Res. 2024 Jun; 336:115885. PMID: 38603979.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 3/1/2024

    Litz BT, Yeterian J, Berke D, Lang AJ, Gray MJ, Nienow T, Frankfurt S, Harris JI, Maguen S, Rusowicz-Orazem L. A controlled trial of adaptive disclosure-enhanced to improve functioning and treat posttraumatic stress disorder. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2024 Mar; 92(3):150-164. PMID: 38358703.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 2/8/2024

    Fredman SJ, Le Y, Monson CM, Mogle JA, Macdonald A, Blount TH, Hall-Clark BN, Fina BA, Dondanville KA, Mintz J, Litz BT, Young-McCaughan S, Yarvis JS, Keane TM, Peterson AL. Pretreatment relationship characteristics predict outcomes from an uncontrolled trial of intensive, multicouple group PTSD treatment. J Fam Psychol. 2024 Apr; 38(3):502-509. PMID: 38330322.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 1/12/2024

    Bryan CJ, Butner JE, Tabares JV, Brown LA, Young-McCaughan S, Hale WJ, Litz BT, Yarvis JS, Fina BA, Foa EB, Resick PA, Peterson AL. A dynamical systems analysis of change in PTSD symptoms, depression symptoms, and suicidal ideation among military personnel during treatment for PTSD. J Affect Disord. 2024 Apr 01; 350:125-132. PMID: 38220099.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/27/2023

    Houle SA, Ein N, Gervasio J, Plouffe RA, Litz BT, Carleton RN, Hansen KT, Liu JJW, Ashbaugh AR, Callaghan W, Thompson MM, Easterbrook B, Smith-MacDonald L, Rodrigues S, Bélanger SAH, Bright K, Lanius RA, Baker C, Younger W, Bremault-Phillips S, Hosseiny F, Richardson JD, Nazarov A. Measuring moral distress and moral injury: A systematic review and content analysis of existing scales. Clin Psychol Rev. 2024 Mar; 108:102377. PMID: 38218124.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/26/2023

    Moring JC, Peterson AL, Straud CL, Ortman J, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, McGeary CA, McGeary DD, Litz BT, Macdonald A, Roache JD, Resick PA, For The Strong Star Consortium. The interactions between patient preferences, expectancies, and stigma contribute to posttraumatic stress disorder treatment outcomes. J Trauma Stress. 2023 Dec; 36(6):1126-1137. PMID: 37883128.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 8/1/2023

    Pruiksma KE, Taylor DJ, Wachen JS, Straud CL, Hale WJ, Mintz J, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL, Yarvis JS, Borah EV, Dondanville KA, Litz BT, Resick PA. Self-reported sleep problems in active-duty US Army personnel receiving posttraumatic stress disorder treatment in group or individual formats: secondary analysis of a randomized clinical trial. J Clin Sleep Med. 2023 Aug 01; 19(8):1389-1398. PMID: 36988304.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 7/6/2023

    Benfer N, Grunthal B, Dondanville KA, Young-McCaughan S, Blankenship A, Abdallah CG, Back SE, Flanagan J, Foa EB, Fox PT, Krystal JH, Marx BP, McGeary DD, McLean CP, Pruiksma KE, Resick PA, Roache JD, Shiroma P, Sloan DM, Taylor DJ, Wachen JS, López-Roca AL, Nicholson KL, Schobitz RP, Schrader CC, Sharrieff AM, Yarvis JS, Mintz J, Keane TM, Peterson AL, Litz BT. DSM-5 criterion-a-based trauma types in service members and veterans seeking treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychol Trauma. 2023 Jul 06. PMID: 37410416.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 6/22/2023

    McGeary CA, Morland LA, Resick PA, Straud CL, Moring JC, Sohn MJ, Mackintosh MA, Young-McCaughan S, Acierno R, Rauch SAM, Mintz J, McGeary DD, Wells SY, Grubbs K, Nabity PS, McMahon CJ, Litz BT, Velligan DI, Macdonald A, Mata-Galan E, Holliday SL, Dillon KH, Roache JD, Peterson AL. Impact and efficiency of treatment across two PTSD clinical trials comparing in-person and telehealth service delivery formats. Psychol Serv. 2024 Feb; 21(1):73-81. PMID: 37347913.

    Read at: PubMed

View 332 more publications: View full profile at BUMC

View all profiles