Melissa M. Foynes, PhD

Voluntary Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Melissa Foynes


Melissa Ming Foynes, PhD serves as the Clinical Programs and Practices Lead for VA Mental Health Services’ national Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Support Team, a national education and training, program development, and policy team. She also serves as the program lead for the MST Consultation Program and as one of its consultants. Prior to her work with the MST Support Team, she served as a Staff Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Training in the Women’s Stress Disorder Treatment Team at VA Boston.

After obtaining her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon, Dr. Foynes completed her internship at Yale University School of Medicine, where she received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She completed her Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowship in PTSD at the National Center for PTSD, where she continued to receive advanced training in utilizing evidence-based practice to treat trauma-related mental health difficulties in complex patient populations.

Dr. Foynes provides mentorship and supervision to trainees at all levels as well as clinical services to veterans. She is a VA certified Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing, and Interpersonal Therapy therapist. Dr. Foynes is an affiliate of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University’s School of Medicine.

Her primary area of research focuses on understanding how multiple dimensions of diversity and experiences of discrimination influence trauma-related difficulties and recovery.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • University of Oregon, PhD
  • University of Oregon, MS
  • American University, BA


  • Published on 11/1/2015

    Mercado R, Foynes MM, Carpenter SL, Iverson KM. Sexual intimate partner violence as a form of MST: An initial investigation. Psychol Serv. 2015 Nov; 12(4):348-56. PMID: 26524276.

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  • Published on 4/1/2015

    Foynes MM, Smith BN, Shipherd JC. Associations between race-based and sex-based discrimination, health, and functioning: a longitudinal study of Marines. Med Care. 2015 Apr; 53(4 Suppl 1):S128-35. PMID: 25767966.

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  • Published on 9/1/2013

    Klest B, Freyd JJ, Foynes MM. Trauma Exposure and Posttraumatic Symptoms in Hawaii: Gender, Ethnicity, and Social Context. Psychol Trauma. 2013 Sep 01; 5(5):409-416. PMID: 24660048.

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  • Published on 6/8/2013

    Blosnich J, Foynes MM, Shipherd JC. Health disparities among sexual minority women veterans. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 Jul; 22(7):631-6. PMID: 23746281.

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  • Published on 11/12/2012

    Foynes MM, Shipherd JC, Harrington EF. Race and gender discrimination in the Marines. Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2013 Jan; 19(1):111-9. PMID: 23148901.

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  • Published on 1/1/2010

    Ullman SE, Foynes MM, Tang SS. Benefits and barriers to disclosing sexual trauma: a contextual approach. J Trauma Dissociation. 2010; 11(2):127-33. PMID: 20373202.

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  • Published on 3/26/2009

    Foynes MM, Freyd JJ, Deprince AP. Child abuse: betrayal and disclosure. Child Abuse Negl. 2009 Apr; 33(4):209-17. PMID: 19327833.

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  • Published on 10/1/2004

    Foynes MM, Riley AL. Lithium-chloride-induced conditioned taste aversions in the Lewis and Fischer 344 rat strains. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2004 Oct; 79(2):303-8. PMID: 15501306.

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