Wachen, Jennifer, PhD

Clinical Psychologist
Affiliate of the Women’s Health Sciences Division
National Center for PTSD
VA Boston Healthcare System

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Boston University School of Medicine


Jennifer Schuster Wachen, Ph.D. received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Boston College, and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Medical Psychology through the VA Boston Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Dr. Wachen is currently a Clinical Psychologist affiliated with the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.  She is also a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) trainer and consultant, and provides supervision to clinical trainees and treatment to female veterans through the Women’s Stress Disorders Treatment Team at VA Boston.  Her research interests include evaluation of treatment interventions for PTSD and comorbid conditions, risk and resilience factors for PTSD, and the relationship between trauma and physical health outcomes. She is particularly interested in improving treatment outcomes for active duty military and veterans, and is currently collaborating on two large clinical trials examining the efficacy of CPT in active duty military at Fort Hood through the STRONG STAR Consortium. She also serves as Associate Co-Director of the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, a DoD-VA collaboration to support research to advance PTSD diagnosis, prevention and treatment for service members and veterans.