Michele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD, MS

Personal Statement

Dr. Bedard-Gilligan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Washington. She is involved in 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
Medical education, 2009, Psychology - University of Washington
Master, 2006, Psychology - University of Washington
Internship, Adult Clinical Psychology - University of Washington

Department Affiliations

Teaching Philosophy

My main research interests are in the co-occurrence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders and trying to better understand mechanisms of treatment and recovery following traumatic events.

Current Projects

Recent Publications

Prevalence and Factor Structure of PTSD in <i>DSM-5</i> Versus <i>DSM-IV</i> in a National Sample of Sexual Minority Women.
(2019 Dec 13)
J Interpers Violence
Kaysen D, Rhew IC, Bittinger J, Bedard-Gilligan M, Garberson LA, Hodge KA, Nguyen AJ, Logan DE, Dworkin ER, Lindgren KP

Are trauma memories state-dependent? Intrusive memories following alcohol-involved sexual assault.
Eur J Psychotraumatol 10(1): 1634939
Jaffe AE, Blayney JA, Bedard-Gilligan M, Kaysen D

Randomized Control Trial of Culturally Adapted Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD Substance Misuse and HIV Sexual Risk Behavior for Native American Women.
(2019 Mar)
AIDS Behav 23(3): 695-706
Pearson CR, Kaysen D, Huh D, Bedard-Gilligan M

Use of Prolonged Exposure and Sertraline in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for Veterans.
(2019 Feb 1)
JAMA Psychiatry 76(2): 109-110
Kaysen DL, Bedard-Gilligan MA, Saxon AJ

Predicting PTSD severity from experiences of trauma and heterosexism in lesbian and bisexual women: A longitudinal study of cognitive mediators.
(2018 Apr)
J Couns Psychol 65(3): 324-333
Dworkin ER, Gilmore AK, Bedard-Gilligan M, Lehavot K, Guttmannova K, Kaysen D

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Additional Publications

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