Sarah E. Valentine, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Sarah Valentine


Dr. Sarah Valentine is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at BUSM and Clinical Psychologist at BMC. She is the Director of the Program of Research in Implementation Science, Minority Stress, and Mental Health (PRISMM). The aim of PRISMM is to improve quality of mental health treatments for diverse, minoritized, and underserved populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants and refugee populations, and sexual orientation and gender minority populations. To do this, clinical research projects focus on: (1) conceptual research to understand the intersection between discrimination (minority stress) and traumatic stress; (2) stakeholder-engaged tailoring of existing evidence-based treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); (3) addressing system-, provider-, and patient-level barriers to implementing evidence-based treatments for PTSD; and (4) conducting effectiveness studies on the application of evidence-based treatments for PTSD in real-world settings. The long term goal of these efforts is to reduce PTSD health disparities through the development, implementation, and dissemination of treatments that dually address minority stress factors (e.g., discrimination, stigma, and access barriers) and mental health symptoms. Dr. Valentine received an NIMH-funded K23 grant (2018-2023) that aims to optimize a brief cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD for use in safety net primary care.

Dr. Valentine received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University, and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.


  • Suffolk University, PhD
  • Suffolk University, MA
  • Xavier University, BS


  • Published on 5/29/2023

    Valentine SE, Alshabani N, Godfrey LB, Paul E, Clark C, Giovannini K, Nillni YI. Considerations for the provision of PTSD treatment among pregnant women with substance use histories: A clinical conceptual model based on case consultation field notes. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2023; 84:3-11. PMID: 37270989.

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  • Published on 5/25/2023

    Godfrey LB, Cloitre M, Elwy AR, Fortuna LR, Fuchs C, Valentine SE. Study protocol for a hybrid 1 effectiveness-implementation trial of Brief Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (Brief STAIR) and web-administered STAIR (webSTAIR) for posttraumatic stress disorder in integrated primary care. Contemp Clin Trials. 2023 Aug; 131:107241. PMID: 37244367.

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  • Published on 5/4/2023

    Valentine SE, Fuchs C, Olesinski EA, Sarkisova N, Godfrey LB, Elwy AR. Formative evaluation prior to implementation of a brief treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in primary care. Implement Sci Commun. 2023 May 04; 4(1):48. PMID: 37143109.

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  • Published on 4/24/2023

    Nillni YI, Baul TD, Paul E, Godfrey LB, Sloan DM, Valentine SE. Written exposure therapy for treatment of perinatal PTSD among women with comorbid PTSD and SUD: A pilot study examining feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2023; 83:66-74. PMID: 37119780.

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  • Published on 1/19/2023

    Valentine SE, Smith AM, Miller K, Hadden L, Shipherd JC. Considerations and complexities of accurate PTSD assessment among transgender and gender diverse adults. Psychol Assess. 2023 May; 35(5):383-395. PMID: 36656725.

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  • Published on 10/6/2022

    Salomaa AC, Livingston NA, Bryant WT, Herbitter C, Harper K, Sloan CA, Hinds Z, Gyuro L, Valentine SE, Shipherd JC. A bottom-up approach to developing a unified trauma-minority stress model for transgender and gender diverse people. Psychol Trauma. 2023 May; 15(4):618-627. PMID: 36201832.

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  • Published on 5/20/2022

    McCuistian C, Kimball SL, Buitron de la Vega P, Godfrey LB, Fortuna LR, Valentine SE. Consideration of racism experiences in the implementation of trauma-focused therapy in primary care. Health Serv Res. 2022 Dec; 57 Suppl 2:235-248. PMID: 35521941.

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  • Published on 12/10/2021

    Valentine SE, Fuchs C, Godfrey L, Elwy AR. Redesign of a brief PTSD treatment in safety net integrated primary care: Supporting implementation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2022 Jan-Feb; 74:94-101. PMID: 34924217.

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  • Published on 10/18/2021

    Valentine SE, Fuchs C, Carlson M, Elwy AR. Leveraging multistakeholder engagement to develop an implementation blueprint for a brief trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy in primary care. Psychol Trauma. 2022 Sep; 14(6):914-923. PMID: 34661421.

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  • Published on 5/31/2021

    Valentine SE, Smith AM, Stewart K, Vo L, Lisle I. A consultation with feedback approach to supporting fidelity to a peer-delivered intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder. Implement Res Pract. 2021; 2:26334895211017280. PMID: 37090008.

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