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 Community Engaged Approach in Adapting Motivational Interviewing and Skills Training for Native Americans With Experiences of Substance Misuse.
(2023 Mar 4)
Am J Health Promot
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

A pilot study on the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a brief text message intervention for co-occurring alcohol misuse and PTSD symptoms in a community sample.
(2022 Oct)
J Anxiety Disord 91(): 102615
Bedard-Gilligan MA, Dworkin ER, Kaysen D, Ojalehto HJ, Stappenbeck CA, Lindgren KP

Supporter-focused early intervention for recent sexual assault survivors: Study protocol for a pilot randomized clinical trial.
(2022 Aug)
Contemp Clin Trials 119(): 106848
Dworkin ER, Ruzek JI, Cordova MJ, Fitzpatrick S, Merchant L, Stewart T, Santos JP, Mohr J, Bedard-Gilligan M

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