Tara Ellen Galovski, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry

Tara Galovski
150 S Huntington Avenue


Tara Galovski, PhD, Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System, has joined the faculty as associate professor of psychiatry.

Dr. Galovski is a researcher in the field of trauma recovery. She focuses on the development and testing of Cognitive Processing Therapy for survivors of interpersonal assault, combat, community violence and motor vehicle accidents suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In her work with civilians, veterans and law enforcement, she has investigated the impact of gender differences, chronicity of trauma, type of trauma and the presence of comorbid psychiatric disorders on the development and maintenance of PTSD as well as the recovery from PTSD. Her research interests also include studying the presentation and expression of anger and health-related consequences of stress and anxiety.

Dr. Galovski received her undergraduate degree from University of Rochester and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from SUNY-Albany. Her residency was completed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She joined the faculty of the University of Missouri- St. Louis before coming to BUSM. She holds numerous roles on journal editorial boards and professional societies.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • State University of New York at Albany, PhD
  • State University of New York at Albany, MA
  • University of Rochester, BA


  • Published on 4/10/2024

    Carpenter JK, Pineles SL, Griffin MG, Werner K, Resick PA, Galovski TE. Effect of PTSD treatment on cardiovascular reactivity during trauma memory recall and correspondence with symptom improvement. Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2024; 15(1):2335865. PMID: 38597201.

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  • Published on 3/11/2024

    Carpenter JK, Pineles SL, Griffin MG, Pandey S, Werner K, Kecala NM, Resick PA, Galovski TE. Heart rate reactivity during trauma recall as a predictor of treatment outcome in cognitive processing therapy for PTSD. Behav Res Ther. 2024 May; 176:104519. PMID: 38503205.

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  • Published on 1/1/2024

    Alpert E, Gowdy-Jaehnig A, Galovski TE, Meis LA, Polusny MA, Ackland PE, Spoont M, Valenstein-Mah H, Orazem RJ, Schnurr PP, Chard KM, Kehle-Forbes SM. Treatment-related beliefs and reactions among trauma-focused therapy completers and discontinuers: A qualitative examination. Psychol Serv. 2024 Jan 01. PMID: 38166295.

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  • Published on 12/14/2023

    Pebole MM, Iverson KM, Fortier CB, Werner KB, Fonda JR, Currao A, Whitworth JW, McGlinchey RE, Galovski TE. Associations Between Head Injury, Strangulation, Cardiometabolic Health, and Functional Disability Among Female Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. Womens Health Issues. 2024; 34(2):208-216. PMID: 38102057.

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  • Published on 12/5/2023

    Wachen JS, Morris KL, Galovski TE, Dondanville KA, Resick PA, Schwartz C. Massed cognitive processing therapy for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder: Study design and methodology of a non-inferiority randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2024 Jan; 136:107405. PMID: 38056624.

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  • Published on 9/26/2023

    Nillni YI, Horenstein A, McClendon J, Duke CC, Sawdy M, Galovski TE. The impact of perceived everyday discrimination and income on racial and ethnic disparities in PTSD, depression, and anxiety among veterans. PLoS One. 2023; 18(9):e0291965. PMID: 37751447.

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  • Published on 8/22/2023

    Fox AB, Baier AL, Alpert E, Nillni YI, Galovski TE. Psychosocial and Economic Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health of Veteran Men and Women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2023 Oct; 32(10):1041-1051. PMID: 37610854.

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  • Published on 6/21/2023

    Rossi FS, Nillni Y, Fox AB, Galovski TE. The association between lifetime trauma exposure typologies and mental health outcomes among veterans. Psychiatry Res. 2023 Aug; 326:115321. PMID: 37356252.

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  • Published on 5/23/2023

    Alpert E, Baier AL, Galovski TE. Psychiatric Issues in Women Veterans. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2023 Sep; 46(3):621-633. PMID: 37500255.

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  • Published on 4/27/2023

    Galovski TE, McSweeney LB, Woolley MG, Alpert E, Nillni YI. The Relative Impact of Different Types of Military Sexual Trauma on Long-Term PTSD, Depression, and Suicidality. J Interpers Violence. 2023 Aug; 38(15-16):9465-9491. PMID: 37102588.

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