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Lisa M Najavits PhD

TitleAdjunct Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
DepartmentPsychiatry
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester MA 01605
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    Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY, United StatesBAAmerican History
    Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United StatesPHDClinical Psychology

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    1. Najavits LM, Enggasser J, Brief D, Federman E. A randomized controlled trial of a gender-focused addiction model versus 12-step facilitation for women veterans. Am J Addict. 2018 Apr; 27(3):210-216. PMID: 29596724.
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    2. Najavits LM, Krinsley K, Waring ME, Gallagher MW, Skidmore C. A Randomized Controlled Trial for Veterans with PTSD and Substance Use Disorder: Creating Change versus Seeking Safety. Subst Use Misuse. 2018 Feb 20; 1-13. PMID: 29461920.
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    3. Najavits LM, Lande RG, Gragnani C, Isenstein D, Schmitz M. Seeking Safety Pilot Outcome Study at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Mil Med. 2016 Aug; 181(8):740-6. PMID: 27483508.
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    4. Najavits LM, de Haan H, Kok T. How Do Females With PTSD and Substance Abuse View 12-Step Groups? An Empirical Study of Attitudes and Attendance Patterns. Subst Use Misuse. 2015; 50(14):1786-94. PMID: 26606541.
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    5. Kaiser D, Grundmann J, Schulze C, Stubenvoll M, Kosar M, Junker M, Najavits LM, Schäfer I. A Pilot Study of Seeking Safety in a Sample of German Women Outpatients with Substance Dependence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2015 Nov-Dec; 47(5):401-8. PMID: 26514284.
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    6. Mundon CR, Anderson ML, Najavits LM. Attitudes toward Substance Abuse Clients: An Empirical Study of Clinical Psychology Trainees. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2015 Sep-Oct; 47(4):293-300. PMID: 26375324.
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    7. Marsh TN, Coholic D, Cote-Meek S, Najavits LM. Blending Aboriginal and Western healing methods to treat intergenerational trauma with substance use disorder in Aboriginal peoples who live in northeastern Ontario, Canada. Harm Reduct J. 2015; 12:14. PMID: 25989833.
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    8. Najavits LM. The problem of dropout from "gold standard" PTSD therapies. F1000Prime Rep. 2015; 7:43. PMID: 26097716.
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    9. Kok T, de Haan H, van der Meer M, Najavits L, de Jong C. Assessing traumatic experiences in screening for PTSD in substance use disorder patients: what is the gain in addition to PTSD symptoms? Psychiatry Res. 2015 Mar 30; 226(1):328-32. PMID: 25687377.
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    10. Kok T, de Haan HA, van der Meer M, Najavits LM, De Jong CA. Screening of current post-traumatic stress disorder in patients with substance use disorder using the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21): a reliable and convenient measure. Eur Addict Res. 2015; 21(2):71-7. PMID: 25413311.
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    11. Najavits LM, Hamilton N, Miller N, Griffin J, Welsh T, Vargo M. Peer-led seeking safety: results of a pilot outcome study with relevance to public health. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2014 Oct-Dec; 46(4):295-302. PMID: 25188699.
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    12. Anderson ML, Najavits LM. Does seeking safety reduce PTSD symptoms in women receiving physical disability compensation? Rehabil Psychol. 2014 Aug; 59(3):349-53. PMID: 24978844.
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    13. Cohn A, Najavits LM. Differences between U.S. substance abuse treatment facilities that do and do not offer domestic violence services. Psychiatr Serv. 2014 Apr 1; 65(4):504-10. PMID: 24430366.
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    14. Anderson ML, Ziedonis DM, Najavits LM. Posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder comorbidity among individuals with physical disabilities: findings from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. J Trauma Stress. 2014 Apr; 27(2):182-91. PMID: 24659557.
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    15. Najavits LM, Johnson KM. Pilot study of Creating Change, a new past-focused model for PTSD and substance abuse. Am J Addict. 2014 Sep-Oct; 23(5):415-22. PMID: 24628840.
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    16. Najavits LM. Therapy for posttraumatic stress and alcohol dependence. JAMA. 2013 Dec 11; 310(22):2457-8. PMID: 24327041.
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    17. Najavits L, Lung J, Froias A, Paull N, Bailey G. A study of multiple behavioral addictions in a substance abuse sample. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Mar; 49(4):479-84. PMID: 24304172.
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    18. Kok T, de Haan HA, van der Meer M, Najavits LM, DeJong CA. Efficacy of "seeking safety" in a Dutch population of traumatized substance-use disorder outpatients: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry. 2013; 13:162. PMID: 23735118.
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    19. Najavits LM, Hien D. Helping vulnerable populations: a comprehensive review of the treatment outcome literature on substance use disorder and PTSD. J Clin Psychol. 2013 May; 69(5):433-79. PMID: 23592045.
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    20. Najavits LM. The case of Jared. J Clin Psychol. 2013 May; 69(5):480-1. PMID: 23580346.
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    21. Najavits LM, Smylie D, Johnson K, Lung J, Gallop RJ, Classen CC. Seeking safety therapy for pathological gambling and PTSD: a pilot outcome study. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2013 Jan-Mar; 45(1):10-6. PMID: 23662327.
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    22. Kok T, de Haan HA, van der Velden HJ, van der Meer M, Najavits LM, de Jong CA. Validation of two screening instruments for PTSD in Dutch substance use disorder inpatients. Addict Behav. 2013 Mar; 38(3):1726-31. PMID: 23261490.
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    23. Najavits LM. Expanding the boundaries of PTSD treatment. JAMA. 2012 Aug 15; 308(7):714-6. PMID: 22893170.
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    24. Ruglass LM, Miele GM, Hien DA, Campbell AN, Hu MC, Caldeira N, Jiang H, Litt L, Killeen T, Hatch-Maillette M, Najavits L, Brown C, Robinson JA, Brigham GS, Nunes EV. Helping alliance, retention, and treatment outcomes: a secondary analysis from the NIDA Clinical Trials Network Women and Trauma Study. Subst Use Misuse. 2012 May; 47(6):695-707. PMID: 22475068.
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    25. Capezza NM, Najavits LM. Rates of trauma-informed counseling at substance abuse treatment facilities: reports from over 10,000 programs. Psychiatr Serv. 2012 Apr; 63(4):390-4. PMID: 22476307.
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    26. Miller NA, Najavits LM. Creating trauma-informed correctional care: a balance of goals and environment. Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2012; 3. PMID: 22893828.
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    27. Ellison ML, Mueller L, Smelson D, Corrigan PW, Torres Stone RA, Bokhour BG, Najavits LM, Vessella JM, Drebing C. Supporting the education goals of post-9/11 veterans with self-reported PTSD symptoms: a needs assessment. Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2012; 35(3):209-17. PMID: 22246119.
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    28. Najavits LM, Walsh M. Dissociation, PTSD, and substance abuse: an empirical study. J Trauma Dissociation. 2012; 13(1):115-26. PMID: 22211445.
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    29. Najavits LM, Meyer T, Johnson KM, Korn D. Pathological gambling and posttraumatic stress disorder: a study of the co-morbidity versus each alone. J Gambl Stud. 2011 Dec; 27(4):663-83. PMID: 21191636.
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    30. Najavits LM. Treatments for PTSD and pathological gambling: what do patients want? J Gambl Stud. 2011 Jun; 27(2):229-41. PMID: 20517639.
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    31. Najavits LM. Treatment utilization of pathological gamblers with and without PTSD. J Gambl Stud. 2010 Dec; 26(4):583-92. PMID: 20162442.
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    32. Peller AJ, Najavits LM, Nelson SE, LaBrie RA, Shaffer HJ. PTSD among a treatment sample of repeat DUI offenders. J Trauma Stress. 2010 Aug; 23(4):468-73. PMID: 20690170.
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    33. Najavits LM, Norman SB, Kivlahan D, Kosten TR. Improving PTSD/substance abuse treatment in the VA: a survey of providers. Am J Addict. 2010 May-Jun; 19(3):257-63. PMID: 20525033.
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    34. Norman SB, Wilkins KC, Tapert SF, Lang AJ, Najavits LM. A pilot study of seeking safety therapy with OEF/OIF veterans. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2010 Mar; 42(1):83-7. PMID: 20464809.
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    35. Najavits LM. Psychotherapies for trauma and substance abuse in women: review and policy implications. Trauma Violence Abuse. 2009 Jul; 10(3):290-8. PMID: 19477868.
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    36. Desai RA, Harpaz-Rotem I, Najavits LM, Rosenheck RA. Seeking safety therapy: clarification of results. Psychiatr Serv. 2009 Jan; 60(1):125. PMID: 19114585.
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    37. Zlotnick C, Johnson J, Najavits LM. Randomized controlled pilot study of cognitive-behavioral therapy in a sample of incarcerated women with substance use disorder and PTSD. Behav Ther. 2009 Dec; 40(4):325-36. PMID: 19892078.
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    38. Desai RA, Harpaz-Rotem I, Najavits LM, Rosenheck RA. Impact of the seeking safety program on clinical outcomes among homeless female veterans with psychiatric disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2008 Sep; 59(9):996-1003. PMID: 18757592.
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    39. Najavits LM, Lester KM. Gender differences in cocaine dependence. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2008 Sep 1; 97(1-2):190-4. PMID: 18571340.
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    40. Barry DT, Fulgieri MD, Lavery ME, Chawarski MC, Najavits LM, Schottenfeld RS, Pantalon MV. Research- and community-based clinicians' attitudes on treatment manuals. Am J Addict. 2008 Mar-Apr; 17(2):145-8. PMID: 18393058.
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    41. Schäfer I, Najavits LM. Clinical challenges in the treatment of patients with posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2007 Nov; 20(6):614-8. PMID: 17921765.
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    42. Najavits LM. Seeking safety protocol for men and women. Psychiatr Serv. 2007 Oct; 58(10):1376. PMID: 17914024.
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    43. Brown VB, Najavits LM, Cadiz S, Finkelstein N, Heckman JP, Rechberger E. Implementing an evidence-based practice: Seeking Safety Group. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2007 Sep; 39(3):231-40. PMID: 18159776.
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    44. Najavits LM, Harned MS, Gallop RJ, Butler SF, Barber JP, Thase ME, Crits-Christoph P. Six-month treatment outcomes of cocaine-dependent patients with and without PTSD in a multisite national trial. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2007 May; 68(3):353-61. PMID: 17446974.
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    45. Najavits LM, Rosier M, Nolan AL, Freeman MC. A new gender-based model for women's recovery from substance abuse: results of a pilot outcome study. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007; 33(1):5-11. PMID: 17366241.
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    46. Weiss RD, Griffin ML, Kolodziej ME, Greenfield SF, Najavits LM, Daley DC, Doreau HR, Hennen JA. A randomized trial of integrated group therapy versus group drug counseling for patients with bipolar disorder and substance dependence. Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Jan; 164(1):100-7. PMID: 17202550.
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    47. Najavits LM, Gallop RJ, Weiss RD. Seeking safety therapy for adolescent girls with PTSD and substance use disorder: a randomized controlled trial. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2006 Oct; 33(4):453-63. PMID: 16858633.
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    48. Harned MS, Najavits LM, Weiss RD. Self-harm and suicidal behavior in women with comorbid PTSD and substance dependence. Am J Addict. 2006 Sep-Oct; 15(5):392-5. PMID: 16966196.
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    49. Najavits LM, Schmitz M, Gotthardt S, Weiss RD. Seeking Safety plus Exposure Therapy: an outcome study on dual diagnosis men. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2005 Dec; 37(4):425-35. PMID: 16480170.
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    50. Kolodziej ME, Griffin ML, Najavits LM, Otto MW, Greenfield SF, Weiss RD. Anxiety disorders among patients with co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2005 Nov 1; 80(2):251-7. PMID: 15876498.
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    51. Morrissey JP, Jackson EW, Ellis AR, Amaro H, Brown VB, Najavits LM. Twelve-month outcomes of trauma-informed interventions for women with co-occurring disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2005 Oct; 56(10):1213-22. PMID: 16215186.
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    52. Weiss RD, Griffin ML, Gallop RJ, Najavits LM, Frank A, Crits-Christoph P, Thase ME, Blaine J, Gastfriend DR, Daley D, Luborsky L. The effect of 12-step self-help group attendance and participation on drug use outcomes among cocaine-dependent patients. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2005 Feb 14; 77(2):177-84. PMID: 15664719.
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    53. Najavits LM, Sonn J, Walsh M, Weiss RD. Domestic violence in women with PTSD and substance abuse. Addict Behav. 2004 Jun; 29(4):707-15. PMID: 15135552.
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    54. Najavits LM, Sullivan TP, Schmitz M, Weiss RD, Lee CS. Treatment utilization by women with PTSD and substance dependence. Am J Addict. 2004 May-Jun; 13(3):215-24. PMID: 15370941.
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    55. Weiss RD, Kolodziej M, Griffin ML, Najavits LM, Jacobson LM, Greenfield SF. Substance use and perceived symptom improvement among patients with bipolar disorder and substance dependence. J Affect Disord. 2004 Apr; 79(1-3):279-83. PMID: 15023508.
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    56. Najavits LM, Grymala LD, George B. Can advertising increase awareness of problem gambling? A statewide survey of impact. Psychol Addict Behav. 2003 Dec; 17(4):324-7. PMID: 14640828.
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    57. Najavits LM, Runkel R, Neuner C, Frank AF, Thase ME, Crits-Christoph P, Blaine J. Rates and symptoms of PTSD among cocaine-dependent patients. J Stud Alcohol. 2003 Sep; 64(5):601-6. PMID: 14572180.
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    58. Zlotnick C, Najavits LM, Rohsenow DJ, Johnson DM. A cognitive-behavioral treatment for incarcerated women with substance abuse disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder: findings from a pilot study. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2003 Sep; 25(2):99-105. PMID: 14629992.
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    59. Najavits LM. How to design an effective treatment outcome study. J Gambl Stud. 2003; 19(3):317-37. PMID: 12815273.
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    60. Najavits LM. Clinicians' views on treating posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2002 Mar; 22(2):79-85. PMID: 11932133.
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    61. Siqueland L, Crits-Christoph P, Barber JP, Butler SF, Thase M, Najavits L, Onken LS. The role of therapist characteristics in training effects in cognitive, supportive-expressive, and drug counseling therapies for cocaine dependence. J Psychother Pract Res. 2000; 9(3):123-30. PMID: 10896736.
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