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Dezarie Hutchison, BA

Research Assistant


Research Projects



Biography: J. Dezarie is a first year graduate student in the clinical psychology PhD program at Syracuse University and has received her assistantship through the Syracuse VAMC. For three years prior to beginning graduate school, Dezarie was a research assistant for the CIH and worked on various CIH protocols including work as a clinical interviewer on a NIH-funded research project examining the efficacy of an internet-based therapy for Veterans experiencing posttraumatic stress symptoms and alcohol or substance use.

Dezarie's research interests include the interplay between substance use, stress, trauma, and coping, and novel methods of care delivery such as telehealth and web-based interventions. More specifically, she is interested in the etiology and treatment of PTSD and comorbid alcohol and substance use disorders.

Research Projects

Research Activities:

Web-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Misusing and PTSD Symptomatic OEF/OIF Veterans: Researchers on the project are investigating the efficacy of an internet-based cognitive behavioral treatment for combat Veterans with posttraumatic stress symptoms and substance abuse. The research is funded by the National Institutes of Health —National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Dezarie’s primary duties on the project include: recruiting and tracking study participants, conducting clinical research assessments of Veterans, completing research administrative tasks, and training and supervising new site staff on procedures and assessments necessary for implementing follow-up sessions.

Facilitators and Barriers to Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services in Primary Care: Researchers examined facilitators and barriers expressed by Veterans through a clinical demonstration project from VA Mental Health Services. Dezarie’s primary duties on the project included: assisting in conduction of focus group meetings, and analyzing focus group data using qualitative methodology (grounded theory, frequency analysis).


Hutchison, D., Emery, J. B., Possemato, K., Lantinga, L. J., Barrie, K., Maisto, S. A., . . . Rosenblum, A. (2014, April). Associations of nicotine use, pain, and quality of life with subthreshold versus diagnostic-level PTSD in OEF/OIF veterans with co-occurring substance abuse. Poster session presented at the annual meeting and scientific sessions of the Society for Behavioral Medicine. Philadelphia, PA.

Wray, L. O., Vair, C. L., Pikoff, E., Hutchison, D., King, P., & Beehler, G. P. (2012, November). Acceptability of screening for memory problems in primary care veterans. Paper presented at the annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA.

Pikoff, E., Beehler, G. P.,Hutchison, D., & Wray, L. O. (2011, October). Patient perceptions of facilitators and barriers to mental health services in primary care. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Philadelphia, PA.

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