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Shannon McKenzie, BA

Research Coordinator

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Biography

Biography: Shannon McKenzie is a Research Coordinator at the Center for Integrated Healthcare at the Center's Syracuse, NY offices. The current projects that Shannon directs include 2 multisite studies, one in which involves CIH’s research collaboration with the Department of Defense. Shannon graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY University at Albany with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2009. Since starting at CIH three years ago and she’s gained extensive training and hands on experience in data collection and analysis, administering clinical measures, best research practices, and participant retention methods. Her research and clinical interests primarily include anxiety disorders and military cultural affects on family dynamics, but also include biopsychology and evidence-based theory and practice. To build on her current experience, within the next two years Shannon plans to apply to APA accredited clinical psychology graduate school programs, especailly those program that collaborate with VA facilities in their research & training endeavors.

Shannon is currently working on a manuscript with Dr. Possemato and Dr. Meghan McDevitt-Murphy (at the Memphis VA) investigating what factors independently predict PTSD severity among OIF/OEF combat veterans.

Research Projects

Research Activities:

Research Coordinator: CBT for PTSD in veterans with co-occurring substance use disorders

Research Coordinator: Riluzole for PTSD: Efficacy of a glutamatergic modulator as augmentation treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder

Research Assistant: Daily fluctuations in PTSD symptoms and alcohol use among OEF/OIF veterans

Research Assistant: Pilot test of a primary-care friendly intervention for insomnia & nightmares in OEF/OIF veterans.

Pubs/Presentations

Presentations:

Campbell, C. E., McKenzie, S., Kaier, E., Possemato, K., Pigeon, W. R., Lantinga, L. J., Maisto, S. A, & Ouimette, P. (2011, April). The relationship between PTSD severity, hazardous alcohol use and insomnia among OEF/OIF veterans. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Campbell, C. E., McKenzie, S., Bishop, T. M., & Possemato, K. (2012, November). Text messaging does not improve follow-up rates in a longitudinal study of veterans with PTSD and comorbid alcohol use disorders. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Campbell, C. E., Pigeon, W.R., McKenzie, S., Possemato, K. (2012, June). Relationship of binge drinking to sleep disturbance among Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans with PTSD. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Boston, MA.

Kaier, E., Campbell, C. E., McKenzie, S., Possemato, K., Lantinga, L. J., Maisto, S. A., & Ouimette,P. (2011, April). Associations between mental health symptoms and quality of life among OEF/OIF veterans recruited from VA primary care clinics. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC

Kaier, E., Campbell, C. E., Possemato, K., Stroo, M., McKenzie, S., & Ouimette, P. (2010, November). The relationship of post-deployment support to PTSD and other mental and physical health concerns among Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Montreal, ON, Canada.

Stroo, M., McKenzie, S., Possemato, K., Maisto, S. A., Ouimette, P. (2010, November). The role of reported killing during combat on PTSD severity in Afghanistan and Iraq War veterans. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Montreal, ON, Canada.

McKenzie, S., Kaier, E., Campbell, C. E., Possemato, K., Lantinga, L. J., Maisto, S.A., & Ouimette, P. (2011, April). Associations between nicotine dependence, alcohol use, and PTSD among OEF/OIF veterans recruited from VA primary care clinics. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC

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