Sarah Campbell, PhD

My research broadly seeks to understand the ways in which our social and romantic relationships intersect with physical and mental health. Additionally, I work in treatment development and evaluation with the aim of improving and harnessing social relationships to increase physical and mental wellbeing. I was recently funded by a 5-year Career Development Award through VA HSR&D. This award aims to both improve clinicians’ measurement of social relationships in the context of mental health care and modify and test brief, Primary Care-based interventions for PTSD and social support. In this line of research, I am PI of an HSR&D and VAPS R&D-funded nationwide survey of veterans both with and without PTSD that seeks to collect psychometric and acceptability data on social support instruments for future use in measurement-based care. I am also collaborating with colleagues in HSR&D to develop and test a dyadic intervention for improving health behavior. I am lucky to provide clinical care as a staff psychologist in the PTSD Outpatient Clinic at VA Puget Sound, where I deliver individual, group, and couples treatments for PTSD and provide psychoeducation on trauma and related conditions to loved ones of veterans with PTSD.


PhD, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Post-baccalaureate respecialization in psychology, Columbia University, New York, NY
AB, Brown University, Providence, RI

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Recent Publications

Caregiver's Perspectives on the Healthcare Experiences of Children With Behaviour-Related Disorders.
(2022 Feb)
Cureus 14(2): e22084
Thevathasan N, Flood KE, Luke A, Campbell SA, Doucet S, Gander S

Cough desensitization treatment: A randomized, sham-controlled pilot trial for patients with refractory chronic cough.
(2022 Mar)
Respir Med 193(): 106739
Slovarp L, Reynolds JE, Bozarth-Dailey E, Popp S, Campbell S, Morkrid P

Mechanisms of the association between PTSD and sexual arousal and lubrication functioning among trauma-exposed female service members/veterans.
(2022 Mar 15)
J Affect Disord 301(): 352-359
Blais RK, Bird E, Sartin-Tarm A, Campbell SB, Lorenz T

Associations Between Lifetime Panic Attacks, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Use Disorders in a Nationally Representative Sample.
(2022 Jan-Mar)
J Dual Diagn 18(1): 21-32
Blakey SM, Campbell SB, Simpson TL

Dogs are more pessimistic if their owners use two or more aversive training methods.
(2021 Sep 24)
Sci Rep 11(1): 19023
Casey RA, Naj-Oleari M, Campbell S, Mendl M, Blackwell EJ

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