Johanna Thompson-Hollands, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Johanna Thompson-Hollands
150 S Huntington Avenue


Johanna Thompson-Hollands, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. She completed her Doctoral training at Boston University under the mentorship of David Barlow. At BU Dr. Thompson-Hollands was heavily involved in the testing and refinement of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders. In addition to contributing to this line of work, she also wrote and was awarded an F31 to develop and test a brief intervention for the family members of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, with the goal of enhancing patients’ treatment outcomes. 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 Staff Research Psychologist in the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System. 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 in PTSD treatment.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


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


  • Published on 7/20/2023

    Thompson-Hollands J, Lunney CA, Sloan DM, Wiltsey Stirman S, Schnurr PP. Treatment length and symptom improvement in prolonged exposure and present-centered therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: Comparing dose-response and good-enough level models in two manualized interventions. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2023 Oct; 91(10):596-605. PMID: 37471022.

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  • Published on 2/28/2023

    Thompson-Hollands J. Introduction to the special section on social relationships and posttraumatic stress disorder treatment: Harnessing the power of significant relationships. J Trauma Stress. 2023 Jun; 36(3):479-483. PMID: 36853594.

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  • Published on 2/13/2023

    Shepherd-Banigan M, Shapiro A, Sheahan KL, Ackland PE, Meis LA, Thompson-Hollands J, Edelman D, Calhoun PS, Weidenbacher H, Van Houtven CH. Mental health therapy for veterans with PTSD as a family affair: A qualitative inquiry into how family support and social norms influence veteran engagement in care. Psychol Serv. 2023 Feb 13. PMID: 36780280.

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  • Published on 9/1/2022

    Reuman L, Thompson-Hollands J. Women veterans' attitudes toward family involvement in PTSD treatment: A mixed-methods examination. Psychol Serv. 2022 Sep 01. PMID: 36048088.

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  • Published on 8/5/2022

    Thompson-Hollands J, Rando AA, Stoycos SA, Meis LA, Iverson KM. Family Involvement in PTSD Treatment: Perspectives from a Nationwide Sample of Veterans Health Administration Clinicians. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2022 Nov; 49(6):1019-1030. PMID: 35930084.

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  • Published on 4/7/2022

    Lee DJ, Weathers FW, Thompson-Hollands J, Sloan DM, Marx BP. Concordance in PTSD symptom change between DSM-5 versions of the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS-5) and PTSD Checklist (PCL-5). Psychol Assess. 2022 Jun; 34(6):604-609. PMID: 35389681.

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  • Published on 1/22/2022

    Harper KL, Thompson-Hollands J, Keane TM, Marx BP. Family-Involved Mental Health Care Among OEF/OIF Veterans With and Without PTSD Using VHA Administrative Records. Behav Ther. 2022 Sep; 53(5):819-827. PMID: 35987541.

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  • Published on 1/1/2022

    Rando AA, Thompson-Hollands J. Veteran and romantic partner goals for family involvement in PTSD treatment: A qualitative study of dyads. Couple Family Psychol. 2022; 11(3):193-204. PMID: 37361015.

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  • Published on 8/30/2021

    Sloan DM, Thompson-Hollands J, Hayes AM, Lee DJ, Alpert E, Marx BP. Sudden Gains in Two Trauma-Focused Treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Behav Ther. 2022 03; 53(2):255-266. PMID: 35227402.

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  • Published on 8/16/2021

    Shor R, Lee DJ, Thompson-Hollands J, Sloan DM. Psychometric properties of the Posttraumatic Avoidance Behaviour Questionnaire among a treatment-seeking adult sample. Psychol Trauma. 2022 Mar; 14(3):393-398. PMID: 34398628.

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