Debra Kaysen, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Debra is a Clinical Psychologist. Her research centers on improving treatments for individuals who have experienced traumatic events. This includes research on ways to increase access to care both within and outside of the United States, through simplifying treatments, testing different modalities of treatment delivery, delivering care in non-specialty mental health settings, and adapting treatments to fit the needs of diverse patient populations.
She is the immediate Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She is the co-PI of a PCORI funded study to compare brief exposure therapy to medication to treat PTSD in primary care settings. She is also the co-PI of a Department of Defense study to evaluate a brief phone-based motivational interviewing intervention to help increase treatment seeking and treatment engagement among service members with PTSD. Lastly, she is the co-PI of a NIMHD funded study to evaluate a brief exposure-based therapy as compared to motivational interviewing and skills training to reduce PTSD and substance use, as well as reducing HIV risk behavior, among a rural Native American community. She has been highly active in a variety of projects implementing resilience and prevention programs to improve mental health among healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.