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Investigator Profile

Shannon Kehle-Forbes, PhD

Associate Director and Core Investigator, Center for Care Delivery Outcomes Research (CCDOR), Minneapolis VA
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota
BA University of Wisconsin–Madison; MS, PhD Rutgers University
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Research Interests
Dr. Kehle-Forbes's research program focuses on understanding and treating post-deployment health problems. Specifically, her interests and expertise are in the areas of clinical effectiveness and implementation of best practices for PTSD, the impact of PTSD comorbidities on treatment and functioning (with a focus on substance use disorders), and treatment seeking and access. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) of a PCORI-funded multisite RCT to examine the comparative effectiveness of trauma-focused therapy and non-trauma-focused therapy for Veterans with co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders. She is also PI of an RCT funded by VA RRD to evaluate the impact of a case formulation enhanced version of Cognitive Processing Therapy on engagement, PTSD, and functional outcomes. Dr. Kehle-Forbes was also the PI of a VA HSRD Merit Award that explored providers’ and Veterans’ perceived causes of early termination from trauma-focused psychotherapies. The mission of her program of research is to make psychotherapy for PTSD as helpful as possible for as many people as possible.
Full bibliography on PubMed
VA Research Topics
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Health Services
MeSH Key Words
Psychotherapy; Substance-Related Disorders; Veterans; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
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