INVESTIGATOR’S BIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH AND SKETCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (Not to Exceed Four Pages) NAME POSITION TITLE
Lisa M. Najavits, PhD. Principal Investigator
EDUCATION / TRAINING (Begin with Baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, and include post-doctoral training. Do not include Honorary Degree.)
NAME, LOCATION OF INSTITUTION DEGREE (if applicable) YEAR AWARDED FIELD OF STUDY Barnard College, Columbia University, New York B.A. 1983 History Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN PhD. 1990 Clinical Psychology NOTE: The Biographical Sketch may not exceed four pages. Items A and B (together) may not exceed two of the four-pages. A. Positions and Honors
Positions and Employment:
1989-90 Clinical Fellow, Harvard Medical School; Psychology Intern, McLean Hospital 1990-92 Clinical and Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School; Postdoctoral Fellow, McLean Hospital 1992-96 Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Assistant Psychologist, McLean Hospital 1992-98 Project Director, NIDA Collaborative Cocaine Psychotherapy Study (Harvard sites) 1992-02 Clinical Associate, Massachusetts General Hospital
1996-00 Assistant Prof. in Psychiatry, Harvard Med. School; Director, CBT Research Prog, McLean Hospital 2000-06 Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
2000-06 Director, Trauma Research Program (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Ctr.), McLean Hospital 2002- Research Associate, Cambridge Health Alliance
2004- Staff Psychologist, National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Sciences Division, VA Boston 2006- Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine & Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
Other Experience and Professional Memberships:
1995- Committees: CSAT Task Force on Counselor Effectiveness, Washington DC (1995); CSAT
Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) on Dual Diagnosis (2001); CSAT TIP on Women (2002);
SAMHSA Co-Occurring Center of Excellence Nat’l Steering Committee (2004-) 1996- Founding Member: Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Philadelphia, PA
1997- Grant Reviewer: Natl Center for Responsible Gaming (1997, 2001); NIMH SRG on PTSD (1998);
NIMH SRG on Torture and Violence (1998); NIDA SRG on Behavioral Therapies (1999); Ontario
Problem Gambling Research Centre (2001, 2003, 2004); NIDA SRG on Basic Science (2002);
Institute for Research on Pathological Gaming and Related Disorders, Harvard
Medical School, Division on Addictions, Boston (2002); Department of Veterans Affairs, Program
Review (2005); NIDA, Special Emphasis Panel/Scientific Review Group (2007); Department of
Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (2007); Health Research Council of
New Zealand , annual grant review (2007)
1997- Advisory/Editorial Boards: Psychotherapy Research (1997-); J Traumatic Stress (1998-); Clinical
Psychology: Science & Practice (2000-03); J Gambling Studies (2002-); The Wager (2000-); Institute
for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders (1998-); Amer. Academy of
Healthcare Providers in the Addictive Disorders (2002-); Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (2004);
Editorial Board, BASIS (2004-); Open Addiction Journal (2007-)
1997- Grant Consultant: Long Island Node Clinical Trials Network, NIDA, PI Nunes (2003-2006); National
Institute on Justice grant, PI Zlotnick (1999-2001); NIDA R01 grant, PI Zlotnick (2002-2005); NIDA
R01 grant, PI Hien (1999-2001); Veterans Affairs multisite study, PI Rosenheck (2000-2006);
SAMHSA Women, Co-Occurring Disorders and Violence multisite trial, 2001-2005; NIDA R03, PI
Gott-Diener (2005-2006); NIAAA K23, PI Norman (2005-2010); SAMHSA implementation trial, PI
Hamilton (2003-2006); SAMHSA adolescent project, PI Barlow (2003-2008); Children’s Bureau, PI
S. Mullins (2005-2008); SAMHSA Project Aspire, PI E.Cleek (2005-2010); SAMHSA Women’s
Program (services for postpartum women), PI S. Mullins (2005-2010); SAMHSA Project New Life
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Path, PI: E. Estrine (2005-2010); SAMHSA Center on Homelessness and Poverty - National
Resource Center on Homelessness, PI: E. Bassuk (2006-2011); SAMHSA Peer-to-Peer Recovery
Support, N. Hamilton (2007-2008); SAMHSA Targeted Capacity Expansion HIV and HIV Outreach
Grant Program, PI: Montano-Lopez (2007-2012); SAMHSA Targeted Capacity Expansion HIV and
HIV Outreach Grant Program, PI: Haas (2007-)
1998-99 President: New England Society for Behavior Analysis and Therapy
2002- Chair, Women’s Initiative, Harvard Medical School Division on Addictions (Co-Chair, 2000-2002);
Chair, CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocol, Trauma and Substance Abuse(Washington, DC) 2002-
2006- Chair, VA HSR&D QUERI , substance use disorders/PTSD workgroup
Executive Committee, VA HSR&D Substance Use Disorders QUERI 2007-
1983 Honors graduate, Columbia University
1985 Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
1997 Chaim Danieli Young Professional Award, International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies 1998 Early Career Contribution to Research Award, Society for Psychotherapy Research 2001 Fellow, American Psychological Association, for “outstanding contribution to psychology” 2003 Partners in Excellence award to Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center research team 2004 Emerging Leader Award, American Psychological Association, Committee on Women in Psychology 2005 Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology
B. Selected peer-reviewed publications (in chronological order)
This is a representative sampling of Dr. Najavits’ over 100 publications. For a complete list, please see
Najavits LM, Weiss RD. Variations in therapist effectiveness in the treatment of patients with substance use
disorders: An empirical review. Addiction, 1994; 89:679-688.
Najavits LM, Gastfriend DG, Nakayama EY, Barber JP, Blaine J, Frank A, Muenz LR, Thase M. A measure of
readiness for substance abuse treatment: Psychometric properties of the RAATE research interview.
American Journal on Addictions, 1997; 6:74-82.
Najavits LM, Weiss RD, Shaw SR. The link between substance abuse and posttraumatic stress disorder in
women: A research review. American Journal on Addictions, 1997; 6:273-283.
Najavits LM, Gastfriend DR et al. Cocaine Dependence with and without PTSD among subjects in the National
Institute on Drug Abuse Collaborative Cocaine Treatment Study. Am J Psychiatry, 1998; 155:214-219. Najavits LM, Weiss RD, Reif S, Gastfriend DR, Siqueland L, et al. The Addiction Severity Index as a screen
for trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Studies on Alcohol; 1998; 59: 56-62. Najavits LM, Weiss RD, Shaw SR, Muenz L. “Seeking Safety”: Outcome of a new cognitive-behavioral
psychotherapy for women with posttraumatic stress disorder and substance dependence. Journal of
Traumatic Stress, 1998; 11:437-456.
Najavits LM, Weiss RD, Shaw SR. A clinical profile of women with PTSD and substance dependence.
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 1999; 13:98-104.
Najavits LM, Shaw SR, Weiss RD. Psychotherapists’ views of treatment manuals. Professional Psychology:
Research and Practice, 2000; 31: 404-408.
Najavits LM, Crits-Christoph P, Dierberger A. Clinicians’ impact on substance use disorder treatment. Substance
Use and Misuse, 2000; 35:2161-2190.
Najavits LM. Early Career Award Paper: Helping “difficult” patients. Psychotherapy Research, 2001; 11:131-152. Najavits LM, Runkel R, Neuner C, et al. Rates and symptoms of PTSD among cocaine-dependent patients.
Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 2003, 64: 601-606.
Najavits LM, Sullivan TP, Schmitz M, Weiss RD, Lee CSN. Treatment utilization of women with PTSD and
substance dependence. American Journal on Addictions, 2004; 13:215-224.
Najavits LM, Sonn J, Walsh M, Weiss RD. Domestic violence in women with PTSD and substance abuse.
Addictive Behaviors, 2004; 29:707-715.
Najavits LM, Gotthardt S, Weiss RD, Epstein M. Cognitive distortions in the dual diagnosis of PTSD and
substance use disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 2004; 28:159-172.
Najavits LM. Treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse: Clinical guidelines for
implementing Seeking Safety therapy. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 2004; 22:43-62. Najavits LM, Ghinassi F, Van Horn A et al. Therapists’ views of four manual-guided treatments on a national
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multisite study. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 2004; 41:26-37. Najavits LM, Schmitz M, Gotthardt S, Weiss RD. Seeking Safety plus Exposure Therapy-revised: An outcome
study in men with PTSD and substance dependence. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 2005; 37: 425-435. Najavits LM, Seeking Safety. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Trauma. V. Follette and J. L. Ruzek. 2006, New
York, Guilford Press: 228-257.
Najavits, LM, Gallop, RJ, Weiss, RD. Seeking Safety therapy for adolescent girls with PTSD and substance use
disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 2006; 33: 453-463. 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. Amer J Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 2007; 33: 5-11. Najavits LM. Psychosocial treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder. In Nathan PE, Gorman J M (Eds.), A rd ed.). New York: Oxford, 2007, pp. 513-529. Guide to Treatments That Work (3
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. Journal of
Studies on Alcohol, 2007, 68, 353-361.
Najavits LM. Seeking Safety: An evidence based model for trauma/PTSD and substance use disorder. In
Witkiewitz K, Marlatt GA (Eds.), Evidence Based Relapse Prevention. Philadelphia: Elsevier Press, 2007,
Najavits LM: Seeking Safety protocol for men and women [Letter to the editor]. Psychiatric Services 2007;
Brown, V. B., Najavits, L. M., Cadiz, S., Finkelstein, N., Heckman, J. P., & Rechberger, E. (2007). Implementing
an evidence-based practice: Seeking safety group. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 39, 231-240. Barry, D. T., Fulgieri, M. D., Lavery, M. E., Chawarski, M. C., Najavits, L. M., Schottenfeld, R. S., et al.
Research- and community- based clinicians’ attitudes on treatment manuals. American Journal on
Addictions, in press.
Najavits, LM. Substance use disorder. In G. Reyes, J. Elhai & J. Ford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of psychological
trauma. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, in press.
Schäfer, I., Najavits, L. M. (in press). Clinical challenges in the treatment of patients with PTSD and substance
abuse. Current Opinion in Psychiatry.
Najavits LM (in press). Interview with Lisa M. Najavits, Ph.D. Exartisis (Greek scientific journal, Addiction).
Interview conducted by Konstantina Yfanti.
Najavits, L., & Cottler, L. (in press). Trauma and substance abuse. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) series.
Washington, DC: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/Department of Health and Human Services.
C. Research Support
List selected ongoing or completed (during the last three years) research projects (federal and non-federal support). Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the research proposed in this application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and your role (e.g. PI, Co-Investigator, Consultant) in the research project. Do not list award amounts or percent effort in projects.
VA HSR&D QUERI 2008 Seeking Safety for OEF/OIF veterans
This project will adapt the Seeking Safety therapy model for OEF/OIF veterans as a way to address special needs
of the OEF/OIF generation with regard to treatment of PTSD/substance abuse; training needs of clinicians; and
systems implementation of a new model
Role: Principal investigator
VA HSR&D QUERI 2007-2008 Key Informant Survey on PTSD and Substance Abuse
This web-based survey addresses VA staff views on PTSD / substance abuse treatment (challenges, training needs, systems issues.
Role: Principal investigator
VA HSR&D QUERI 2008
Basis versus Enhanced Facilitation in PTSD/Substance Abuse Treatment
The objective of this project is to evaluate basic versus enhanced facilitation in the treatment of PTSD/substance
abuse. Findings are expected to inform what training methods may be preferable to clinicians when adopting a
new model; as well as to identify level of adoption based on training methods.Role: Principal investigator
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Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre – Level 3 grant 2007-2008 PTSD and gambling
Goals of Project: To conduct a cross-sectional study of three groups (PTSD plus pathological gambling, PTSD
alone, and pathological gambling alone) so as to better understand the development of the comorbid disorders and their course and clinical presentation.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
SAMHSA 2006-2011 Project Path to Recovery
Goals of Project: To develop and provide effective mobile services to traumatized women of color, including the
Seeking Safety model.
VA IIR-04-175-3 2005-2010 Effectiveness of screening and treatment for PTSD in SUD patients
Goals of Project: The objectives are to test the effectiveness of substituting 2 hours/week of Seeking Safety-based groups for standard substance use focused groups for male patients attending outpatient substance use
disorder treatment who meet clinical criteria for PTSD.
NIAAA K23 2005-2010 AUD and PTSD Treatment for Victims of Partner Violence
Goals of Project: This mentored K award (to Sonya Norma, PhD of the University of Oklahoma) is designed to
explore patterns of comorbidity (alcohol use disorder/PTSD) in domestic violence and to adapt and evaluate
Seeking Safety therapy as treatment for it.
NIDA / AACAP K12 2005-2010 Goals of Project: This Research Scientist Development Award (to Nancy Wu, MD of UCLA) addresses PTSD and
substance use disorder in adolescents, both descriptively and in initial exploration/development of a new
treatment model for it.
VA/SAMHSA Special Project 2005-2006 Adaptation of Clinical Resources for American Indian Veterans
Goals of Project: To identify key stakeholders (American Indian veterans, their treaters, tribal leaders, and family)
and obtain feedback on how to adapt a SAMHSA toolkit on co-occurring disorders for cultural sensitivity. Role: Program Director
D. Time and Effort Statement
Indicate percentage of time spent on research, clinical, teaching/mentoring, and administration. List persons mentored in last 3 years and type of mentoring awards.
62.5% time spent on research.
E. Significant Life Events (OPTIONAL)
List any significant life events that have interrupted the PI’s research activities for a significant period of time.
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