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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
Email: paula.schnurr@dartmouth.edu

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:


Measurement Strategies for Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Delivery: Trends and Associations with Patient-Reported Outcomes.
Shiner B, Westgate CL, Gui J, Cornelius S, Maguen SE, Watts BV, Schnurr PP
Adm Policy Ment Health. 2019 Dec 18; doi: 10.1007/s10488-019-01004-2. Epub 2019 Dec 18.
PMID: 31853686

Present-centered therapy (PCT) for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults.
Belsher BE, Beech E, Evatt D, Smolenski DJ, Shea MT, Otto JL, Rosen CS, Schnurr PP
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Nov 18;2019(11) doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD012898.pub2. Epub 2019 Nov 18.
PMID: 31742672

A Pilot Study of an Intervention to Prevent Suicide After Psychiatric Hospitalization.
Riblet NB, Shiner B, Schnurr P, Bruce ML, Wasserman D, Cornelius S, Scott R, Watts BV
J Nerv Ment Dis. 2019 Dec;207(12):1031-1038. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001061.
PMID: 31688286

PTSD symptom decrease and use of weight loss programs.
Scherrer JF, Salas J, Chard KM, Tuerk P, van den Berk-Clark C, Schneider FD, Cohen BE, Lustman PJ, Schnurr PP, Friedman MJ, Norman SB
J Psychosom Res. 2019 Dec;127:109849. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2019.109849. Epub 2019 Oct 15.
PMID: 31654900

Large posttraumatic stress disorder improvement and antidepressant medication adherence.
Salas J, Scherrer JF, Tuerk P, van den Berk-Clark C, Chard KM, Schneider FD, Schnurr PP, Friedman MJ, Norman SB, Cohen BE, Lustman P
J Affect Disord. 2020 Jan 1;260:119-123. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.08.095. Epub 2019 Aug 31.
PMID: 31494363

Association Between Clinically Meaningful Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Improvement and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Scherrer JF, Salas J, Norman SB, Schnurr PP, Chard KM, Tuerk P, Schneider FD, van den Berk-Clark C, Cohen BE, Friedman MJ, Lustman PJ
JAMA Psychiatry. 2019 Aug 21; doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.2096. Epub 2019 Aug 21.
PMID: 31433443

Using patient-reported outcomes to understand the effectiveness of guideline-concordant care for post-traumatic stress disorder in clinical practice.
Shiner B, Gui J, Leonard Westgate C, Schnurr PP, Watts BV, Cornelius SL, Maguen S
J Eval Clin Pract. 2019 Aug;25(4):689-699. doi: 10.1111/jep.13158. Epub 2019 May 21.
PMID: 31115137

Combined effect of posttraumatic stress disorder and prescription opioid use on risk of cardiovascular disease.
Scherrer JF, Salas J, Lustman P, Tuerk P, Gebauer S, Norman SB, Schneider FD, Chard KM, van den Berk-Clark C, Cohen BE, Schnurr PP
Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2019 May 13;:2047487319850717. doi: 10.1177/2047487319850717. Epub 2019 May 13.
PMID: 31084262

Gender Differences in Response to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Among Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Veterans.
Gobin RL, Strauss JL, Golshan S, Allard CB, Bomyea J, Schnurr PP, Lang AJ
Womens Health Issues. 2019 May - Jun;29(3):267-273. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2019.03.003. Epub 2019 May 3.
PMID: 31060890

Adoption by VA Residential Programs of Two Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for PTSD: Effect on Patient Outcomes.
Cook JM, Schnurr PP, Simiola V, Thompson R, Hoff R, Harpaz-Rotem I
Psychiatr Serv. 2019 Jul 1;70(7):553-560. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201800338. Epub 2019 Apr 10.
PMID: 30966944

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