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Staff Publications and Presentations

Staff Publications and Presentations 

From its early days, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (NW MIRECC) has conducted research to understand Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury, and other mental health challenges facing Veterans.  NW MIRECC's diligent search for answers to mental health problems afflicting our Veterans continue today.

The findings of NW MIRECC research are disseminated through MIRECC Presents, lectures and presentations, and publications. Below is a list of publications and presentations by VISN 20 NW MIRECC researchers and fellowship program faculty that are currently in press. Where available, a link to the full article is provided at the end of the citation.

In Press

Book Chapters

 Boehnlein, J. (in press). Cross-cultural perspectives on the assessment and treatment of severe trauma in the United
States. In R. Rechtman (Ed.), Le Psychiatrie Culturel. Paris: InPress Publications.

Hopko, D. R., McIndoo, C. C., & File, A. A. (in press). Depressive syndromes and medical comorbidities. In R. DeRubeis,
& D. Strunk (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Mood Disorders. New York: Oxford University Press.

Morasco, B., Lovejoy, T. I., & Ilgen, M. A. (in press). Management of chronic pain in patients with comorbid substance
use disorder. In: D. C. Turk, R. J. Gatchel (Eds.). New York: Guilford Press.

Yard, S. S., & McCutcheon, S. R. (in press). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In E. Rodolfa, & J. B. Schaffers (Eds.),
A Casebook and Workbook for Users of the ICD-10-CM: Psychological and Behavioral Conditions. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Research Articles

Bourassa, K. J., Edwards-Steward, A., Smolenski, D. J., Campbell, S. B., Reger, G. M., & Norr, A. M. (in press). The impact of
prolonged exposure therapy on social support and PTSD symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2019.09.036

ABSTRACT: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) results in high costs to society, particularly among military personnel. Much is known about PTSD treatments-such as exposure therapies-and their outcomes, but less is known about how treatment might impact social support and PTSD symptoms over the course of treatment. In the current study, soldiers with PTSD (N = 162) were randomized to complete prolonged exposure therapy (either with or without virtual reality) or a waitlist control condition. We examined the impact of treatment on perceived social support as a secondary treatment outcome, as well as the associations between social support and PTSD symptoms over time.

Bourassa, K. J., Stevens, E., Katz, A. C., Rothbaum, B. O., Reger, G. M., & Norr, A. M. (in press). The impact of
exposure therapy on resting heart rate and heart rate reactivity among active duty soldiers with PTSD. Psychosomatic Medicine. doi:10.1097/PSY.0000000000000758

ABSTRACT: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is linked to poor health, including cardiovascular disease (CVD). These effects may be a result of increased tonic cardiovascular function and cardiovascular reactivity (CVR). Despite PTSD's negative health burden, relatively little is known about whether frontline treatments for PTSD may alleviate cardiovascular risk. The current study was a secondary analysis of a larger intervention study of active duty soldiers with PTSD. We examined change in participants' resting heart rate (HR) and HR reactivity from baseline (prior to randomization) to mid- and post-treatment using residualized change regression models.

Kow, R., Sikkema, C., Wheeler, J., Wilkinson, C., & Kraemer, B. C. (in press). Dopa decarboxylase modulates tau
toxicity. Biological Psychiatry. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.06.007

Lehavot, K., Katon, J., Chen, J., Fortney, J., & Simpson, T. L. (in press). Prevalence, correlates, and treatment
of posttraumatic stress disorder by gender and Veteran Status: Results from the national epidemiologic survey on alcohol and related conditions-iii. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Li, G., Mayer, C., Morelli, D., Millard, S., Raskind, W., ... & Peskind, E. R. (in press). Effect of simvastatin
on CSF Alzheimer disease biomarkers in cognitively normal adults. Neurology. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000004392

Logsdon, A., Meabon, J., Cline, M., Bullock, K., Raskind, M. A., Peskind, E. R., ... & Cook, D. G. (in press).
Blast exposure elicits blood-brain barrier disruption and repair mediated by tight junction integrity and nitric oxide dependent processes. Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-29341-6

Lovejoy, T. I., Morasco, B., Demiednko, M. I., Meath, T...H...A..., & Dobscha, S. K. (in press). Clinician
referrals for non-opioid pain care following discontinuation of long-term opioid therapy differ based on reasons for discontinuation. Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Lozier, C. C., Nugent, S. M., Dobscha, S. K., Smith, N. X., Deyo, R. A., Yarborough, B. J., & Morasco, B. (in press).
Correlates of use and perceived effectiveness of non-pharmacology strategies for chronic pain among patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy. Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Painter, J. M., Brignone, E., Gilmore, A. K., Lehavot, K., Fargo, J., ... & Gundlapalli, A. V. (in press). Gender
differences in service utilization among Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn Veterans Affairs patients with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. Psychological Services.

Poritz, J., Mignogna, J., Christie, A., Holmes, H., & Ames, H. (in press). The Patient Health Questionnaire
Depression Screener in spinal cord injury. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2017.1294301

Raskind, M. A., Peskind, E. R., Chow, B., Harris, C., Davis-Karim, A., Holmes, H... & Huang, G. D. (in press).
A multicenter trial of prazosin for combat posttraumatic stress disorder with trauma nightmares: VA Cooperative Study No. 563. New England Journal of Medicine.

Rau, H., Hendrickson, R. C., Roggenkamp, H., Peterson, S., Parmenter, B., Cook, D. G., ... & Pagulayan, K. F. (in press).
Fatigue- but not mTBI history, PTSD, or sleep quality –directly contributes to prospective memory performance in Iraq and Afghanistan era Veterans. The Clinical Neuropsychologist.

Shulman, G. P., Buck, B. E., Gahm, G. A., Reger, G. M., & Norr, A. M. (in press). Effectiveness of the intent to
complete and intent to attend intervention to predict and prevent soldier PTSD treatment drop out. Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Wyse, J. J., Morasco, B., Dobscha, S. K., Demidenko, M. I., Meath, T. H. A., & Lovejoy, T. I. (in press). Provider
reasons for discontinuing long-term opioid therapy following aberrant urine drug tests differ based on the type of substance identified. Journal of Opioid Management.

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