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Paula P. Schnurr, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry


BA, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1976
PhD, Dartmouth College, 1984
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dartmouth Medical School, 1985

National Center for Disaster Mental Health Research
National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Contact Information:

VA Medical Center
215 North Main Street
White River Junction VT 05009

Office: 116D
Phone: 802-296-5132
Fax: 802-296-5135

Professional Interests:

Promoting evidence-based treatment for PTSD
Longitudinal study of reactions to traumatic stress, including risk factors for PTSD physical health consequences of trauma and PTSD, and aging
Quality of life and functioning in PTSD

Grant Information:

Department of Veterans Affairs

Courses Taught:

Research Seminar

Selected Publications:


Patient and Clinical Factors Associated With Response to Medications for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Shiner BR, Gui J, Rozema L, Cornelius SL, Dufort V, Schnurr PP, Watts BV
J Clin Psychiatry. 2021 Oct 5;82(6) pii: 21m13913. doi: 10.4088/JCP.21m13913. Epub 2021 Oct 5.
PMID: 34610227

Increased Smoking Cessation among Veterans with Large Decreases in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Severity.
Salas J, Gebauer S, Gillis A, van den Berk-Clark C, Schneider FD, Schnurr PP, Friedman MJ, Norman SB, Tuerk PW, Cohen BE, Lustman PJ, Scherrer JF
Nicotine Tob Res. 2021 Sep 3; pii: ntab179. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntab179. Epub 2021 Sep 3.
PMID: 34477205

Does COVID-19 count?: Defining Criterion A trauma for diagnosing PTSD during a global crisis.
Norrholm SD, Zalta A, Zoellner L, Powers A, Tull MT, Reist C, Schnurr PP, Weathers F, Friedman MJ
Depress Anxiety. 2021 Sep;38(9):882-885. doi: 10.1002/da.23209.
PMID: 34469042

Design of the national adaptive trial for PTSD-related insomnia (NAP study), VA cooperative study program (CSP) #2016.
Krystal JH, Chow B, Vessicchio J, Henrie AM, Neylan TC, Krystal AD, Marx BP, Xu K, Jindal RD, Davis LL, Schnurr PP, Stein MB, Thase ME, Ventura B, Huang GD, Shih MC, CSP 2016 Study Team.
Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 Aug 18;109:106540. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2021.106540. Epub 2021 Aug 18.
PMID: 34416369

The Impact of COVID-19 on Psychotherapy Participation Among Individuals With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Enrolled in Treatment Research.
McLean CP, Back SE, Capone C, Morland L, Norman SB, Rauch SAM, Schnurr PP, Teng E, Acierno R
J Trauma Stress. 2021 Jul 22; doi: 10.1002/jts.22718. Epub 2021 Jul 22.
PMID: 34291832

Improving the Assessment of COVID-19-Associated Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Marx BP, Schnurr PP, Friedman MJ
JAMA Psychiatry. 2021 Jul 1;78(7):795. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.1123.
PMID: 34076692

A personalized index to inform selection of a trauma-focused or non-trauma-focused treatment for PTSD.
Stirman SW, Cohen ZD, Lunney CA, DeRubeis RJ, Wiley JF, Schnurr PP
Behav Res Ther. 2021 Jul;142:103872. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2021.103872. Epub 2021 Apr 26.
PMID: 34051626

Correspondence Between Retrospective and Momentary Self-Reported Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms: Evidence for Peak and End Effects in Veterans.
Decker SE, Rosen MI, Cooney NL, Schnurr PP, Black AC
J Trauma Stress. 2021 Aug;34(4):889-894. doi: 10.1002/jts.22669. Epub 2021 Mar 20.
PMID: 33743184

Latent classes of posttraumatic psychiatric comorbidity in the general population.
Rosellini AJ, Szentkuti P, Horvath-Puho E, Smith ML, Galatzer-Levy I, Lash TL, Galea S, Schnurr PP, Sorensen HT, Gradus JL
J Psychiatr Res. 2021 Apr;136:334-342. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.02.013. Epub 2021 Feb 13.
PMID: 33636689

Diagnostic Accuracy and Acceptability of the Primary Care Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Screen for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition) Among US Veterans.
Bovin MJ, Kimerling R, Weathers FW, Prins A, Marx BP, Post EP, Schnurr PP
JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Feb 1;4(2):e2036733. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.36733. Epub 2021 Feb 1.
PMID: 33538826

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