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Lori Zoellner, Ph.D.


Interests: Information processing abnormalities in the anxiety-based disorders, with emphasis on the prevention and treatment of chronic psychopathology following trauma exposure such as posttraumatic stress disorder.


Phone (206) 685-3126
Website(s) Website
PTSD Treatment Options


Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?
Am I accepting new graduate students in the upcoming year?
I am POSSIBLY accepting graduate students in 2021-2022, please contact me directly with questions
Advising Areas:
Adult Clinical
Advising notes:
I will be taking a student for Fall 2019. Preference is for students interested in intrusive memory processes.


Over the last 20 years, our knowledge regarding the nature of post trauma reactions has increased substantially but key questions in understanding mechanisms associated with recovery following trauma exposure remain. Who is most likely to develop chronic psychopathology? How do we most effectively intervene for those immediately following trauma and for those who are still suffering months and years later? Better understanding the mechanisms associated with natural and therapeutic recovery we may be better able to answer these key questions. My research focuses on addressing these questions across three main areas of inquiry: information processing mechanisms associated with trauma exposure and psychopathology, prevention of chronic psychopathology following trauma exposure, and intervention for chronic psychopathology following trauma exposure. In addition to the focus on understanding these issues, I am also interested more broadly in the issues of information processing and intervention across the anxiety disorders.

Selected Publications

  • Marks, E. H., Franklin, A., & Zoellner, L. A. (2018). Can't get it out of my mind: A systematic review of predictors of intrusive memories of distressing events. Psychological Bulletin.
  • Bedard-Gilligan, M., Zoellner, L. A., & Feeny, N. C. (2017). Is trauma memory special? Trauma narrative fragmentation in PTSD: Effects of treatment and response. Clinical Psychological Science, 5, 212-225. doi:10.1177/216770261667658
  • Garcia, N. M. & Zoellner, L. A. (2017). Fear generalization in individuals with high neuroticism: Increasing predictability is not necessarily better. Cognition and Emotion. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2016.1259160 PMID: 27892819
  • Zoellner, L.A., Telch, M., Foa, E. B., Farach, F. J., McLean, C. P., Gallop, R., Bluett, E. J., Cobb, A., & Gonzalez-Lima, F. (2017). Enhancing extinction learning in posttraumatic stress disorder with brief daily imaginal exposure and methylene blue: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, DOI: 10.4088/JCP.16m10936
  • Echiverri-Cohen, A., Zoellner, L. A., Gallop, R., Feeny, N., Jaeger, J., & Bedard-Gilligan, M. (2016). Changes in temporal attention inhibition following prolonged exposure and sertraline in the treatment of PTSD. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 415-426. doi:10.1037/ccp0000080
  • Jerud, A.B., Farach, F.J., Bedard-Gilligan, M., Smith, H., Zoellner, L.A., Feeny, N.C. (2016). Repeated trauma exposure does not impair distress reduction during imaginal exposure for posttraumatic stress disorder. Depression and Anxiety. doi:10.10002/da.22582
  • Keller, S. M., Feeny, N. C, & Zoellner, L. A. (2014). Depression sudden gains and transient depression spikes during treatment for PTSD. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82, 103-111.
  • Zoellner, L. A., Pruitt, L. D., Farach, F. J., & Jun, J. J. (2014). Understanding heterogeneity in PTSD: Fear, dysphoria, and distress. Depression and Anxiety, 31, 97-106.
  • Jun, J., Zoellner, L. A., & Feeny, N. C. (2013). Sudden gains in prolonged exposure and sertraline for chronic PTSD. Depression and Anxiety, 30, 607-613.
  • Zoellner, L. A., Bedard-Gilligan, M. A., Jun, J. J., Marks, E. H., & Garcia, N. M. (2013). The evolving construct of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD): DSM-5 criteria changes and legal implications. Psychological Injury and the Law.

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