• Adjunct Professor, Global Health
  • Adjunct Professor, Psychology

Center for the Study of Health & Risk Behaviors
1100 NE 45th Street, Office 338
Box 354944
Seattle, WA 98105
United States

Phone Number: 
Select from the following:

Dr. Kaysen is a clinical psychologist, and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, with adjunct positions in Global Health and Psychology. She is the Director of the Trauma Recovery Innovations Program at the University of Washington, a division dedicated to developing and testing more accessible interventions for trauma-exposed populations. Dr. Kaysen has published over 100 refereed articles and her work has been supported by NIAAA, NIDA, NIMHD, DOD, and USAID. Her area of specialty both in research and clinical work is in treatment of those who have experienced traumatic events including PTSD, mood and substance use disorders. She has conducted critical studies on bidirectional relationships between PTSD and alcohol use, and on the treatment of PTSD and substance use across a variety of populations. Dr. Kaysen has conducted international studies to adapt evidence-based treatments for trauma-exposed populations for use in low- and middle-income settings such as treatment of PTSD for Congolese sexual assault survivors and Iraqi torture survivors and domestically has conducted work with rural Native Americans.

The following are articles on Dr. Kaysen's work in the Democratic Republic of Congo:
"Therapy for Victims of Sexual Violence Shows Promise in Congo," New York Times
"Easing the Trauma of Rape: Therapy Used for PTSD Also Helps Women in Congo,"Seattle Times
"Therapy for Sexual-violence Survivors Shows Promise," The Daily
"Why is mental illness so low on the global health agenda? " Humanosphere


  • PhD (University of Missouri - St. Louis)
  • MA (University of Missouri - St. Louis)
Country Affiliations 
Health Topics 
  • Injury, Violence, Trauma and Domestic Violence
  • Mental Health

Murray SM, Augustinavicius J, Kaysen D, Annan J, Rao D, Falb K, Wachter K, Murray L, Bolton P, Bass J (2018). The impact of Cognitive Processing Therapy on sexual violence stigma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: results from a randomized controlled trial. Conflict and Health, 12, 1.

Pearson, C., Smartlowit-Briggs, L., Belcourt, A., Bedard-Gillgan, M, Kaysen, D. (2018). Building Tribal-Academic Partnership to Addressing PTSD, Substance Misuse, and HIV among American Indian Women. Health Promotion Practice.

Weiss, W., Murray, L., Zangana, G., Mahmooth, Z., Kaysen, D., Dorsey, S., Lindgren, K., Gross, A., Murray, S., Bass, J., & Bolton, P. (2015). Community-based mental health treatments for survivors of torture and militant attacks in Southern Iraq: A randomized control trial. BMC Psychiatry, 15(1), 1-16.

Bass, J., Annan, J., Murray, S. M., Kaysen, D., Griffiths, S., Cetinoglu, T., Wachter, K., Murray, L. K., & Bolton, P. A. (2013). Controlled trial of psychotherapy for Congolese survivors of sexual violence. New England Journal of Medicine, 368(23), 2182-2191.

Kaysen, D., Lindgren, K., Sabir Zangana, G. A., Murray, L., Bass, J., & Bolton, P. (2013). Adaptation of cognitive processing therapy for treatment of torture victims: Experience in Kurdistan, Iraq. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy 5(2), 184-192.