Michele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD

Personal Statement

Dr. Bedard-Gilligan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Washington. She currently serves as the co-director of the Trauma Recovery & Resilience Innovations (TRI) group and the associate director of the UW Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress (UWCATS). She leads or co-leads several research projects that are funded by the National Institute of Mental Health Disparities, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Her research is applied in nature and predominantly focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with specific emphases on the co-occurrence of PTSD and substance use disorders and on mechanisms of treatment and recovery. She has presented her research at national conferences and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She also maintains an active clinical practice specializing in using empirically supported treatments for PTSD and other anxiety disorders at the University of Washington Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. Additionally, Dr. Bedard-Gilligan is involved in training and supervising psychology graduate students, psychology residents, and psychiatry residents in the use of empirically supported cognitive behavioral treatments.


Fellowship, 2012, Clinical Psychology - University of Washington
Internship/Residency, 2009, Psychology - University of Washington
Doctoral Training, 2003-2009, Psychology - University of Washington

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Recent Publications

A randomized controlled trial testing theory-driven enhancements to increase the efficacy of and engagement in a brief cognitive-behavioural therapy text-message intervention for co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and alcohol misuse.
(2024 Mar 26)
Br J Clin Psychol
Bedard-Gilligan M, Lindgren K, Dworkin E, Tristao T, Kaysen D, Rhew I

Daily-level relationships between negative affect, negative emotion differentiation, and cannabis behaviors among a high-risk sample of young adults.
(2023 Aug 15)
J Affect Disord 335(): 392-400
Walukevich-Dienst K, Piccirillo ML, Calhoun BH, Bedard-Gilligan M, Larimer ME, Patrick ME, Lee CM

A Community Engaged Approach in Adapting Motivational Interviewing and Skills Training for Native Americans With Experiences of Substance Misuse.
(2023 Jul)
Am J Health Promot 37(6): 796-806
Walker D, Pearson C, Day A, Bedard-Gilligan M, Saluskin K, Huh D, Kaysen D

Effects of Cannabis on PTSD Recovery: Review of the Literature and Clinical Insights.
(2022 Sep)
Curr Addict Rep 9(3): 203-216
Bedard-Gilligan M, Lehinger E, Cornell-Maier S, Holloway A, Zoellner L

Posttraumatic cognitions and sexual assault: Understanding the role of cognition type in posttraumatic stress symptoms and problematic alcohol use.
(2022 Dec)
J Trauma Stress 35(6): 1672-1683
Lehinger E, Bedard-Gilligan M, Holloway A, Kaysen D

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