Ben Barnes, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Boston University School of Medicine

Ben Barnes, PhD is the founder/owner/operator of Eastern Massachusetts Personalized Behavioral Health, LLC. He is also the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Research at Reliant Medical Group. In this role, Dr. Barnes oversees assessment and intervention research across the large medical organization located in the Worcester County and Metro West area. 


Dr. Barnes earned his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Delaware and completed a two-year clinical fellowship in the PTSD Clinical Team at the VA Boston Healthcare System with supervision from faculty at the National Center for PTSD and Boston University School of Medicine. He worked in a research laboratory with Dr. Brett Litz, PhD, Director of the Mental Health Core of the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology and Information Center, MAVERIC. At MAVERIC, also located at the VA Boston, Dr. Barnes studied Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and comorbid challenges in Veteran populations. Dr. Barnes has been working clinically with mood disorders (anxiety and depression) and trauma for over 10 years. He has worked with some of the leading developers and researchers of evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders (e.g., generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder), PTSD, and depression at the Universities of Massachusetts, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, and the VA Medical Centers of Philadelphia and Boston


Dr. Barnes worked with Mary Dozier, PhD for several years as a parent coach implementing her parenting intervention (Attachment and Biobehavioral Catchup, ABC) across several research studies. He also acted as a supervisor for clinicians using ABC in state family social service programs in New York City and Raleigh, NC. 


Furthermore, he has co- and lead-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles, academic book chapters (below), and professional conference presentations related to these behavioral health problems. These experiences have contributed to Dr. Barnes’ knowledge of, and competence in delivering state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatments for anxiety- and trauma-related disorders, and . His years of clinical experience have cultivated his ability to provide evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy strongly rooted in a collaborative relationship and responsive to the individual needs of clients. 



McLane, H. C., Barnes, J. B., Shofer, F. S., & Goodson, J. T. (2019). Outcome Expectancy for Prolonged Exposure Therapy Predicts Symptom Improvement in Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment, 7, 3.


Larew, S. A., Carney, J. R., Coady, A., Barnes, J. B., Grunthal, B., & Litz, B. T. (in press). Trauma- and stressor-related disorders. In M. M. Antony & D. H. Barlow (Eds.), Handbook of assessment and treatment planning for psychological disorders., 3rd rd. New York, NY: Guilford Press.


Barnes, J. B., Presseau, C., Jordan, A. H., Kline, N. K., Young-McCaughan, S., Keane, T. M., Peterson, A. L., & Litz, B. T. (in press). Common data elements in the assessment of military-related PTSD research applied in the consortium to alleviate PTSD. Military Medicine.


Schorr, Y., Stein, N. R., Maguen, S., Barnes, J. B., Bosch, J., Litz, B. T. (2018). Sources of moral injury among war veterans: A qualitative evaluation. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1-16.

Barnes, J. B., Hayes, A. M., Contractor, A. A., Nash, W. P., & Litz, B. T. (2018). The structure of co-occurring PTSD and depression symptoms in a cohort of marines pre- and post-deployment. Psychiatry Research, 259, 442-449.


Hayes, A.M., Yasinski, C., Barnes, J. B., & Bockting, C. L. H. (2015). Network destabilization and transition in depression: New methods for studying the dynamics of therapeutic change. Clinical Psychology Review, 41, 27-39.


Nickerson, A., Barnes, J. B., Creamer, M., Forbes, D., McFarlane, A. C., O’Donnell, M.,… & Bryant, R. A. (2014). The temporal relationship between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and problem alcohol use following traumatic injury. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123(4), 821.


Barnes, J. B., Nickerson, A., Adler, A., Litz, B. (2013). Perceived military organizational support and peacekeeper distress: A longitudinal investigation. Psychological Services, 10(2), 177-185.


Nickerson, A., Steenkamp, M. M., Aderka, I. M., Salters-Pedneault, K., Carper, T. L., Barnes, J. B., & Litz, B. T. (2013). A prospective investigation of mental health following sexual assault. Depression and Anxiety, 30(5), 444-450.  


Barnes, J. B., Dickstein, B. D., Maguen, S., Neria, Y., & Litz, B. T. (2012). The distinctiveness of prolonged grief and posttraumatic stress disorder in adults bereaved by the attacks of September 11th. Journal of Affective Disorders, 136(3), 366-369.


Rosebrock, L., Barnes, B., Mills, M. A., & Litz, B. T. (2012). Internet-based therapies for posttraumatic stress. In C. Figley (Ed). Encyclopedia of trauma: An interdisciplinary guide. (pp. 333 – 337). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.




Barnes, J. B., Dickstein, B. D., Adler, A. B., & Litz, B. T. (2011). Sleep disturbance moderates the relationship between PTSD symptomatology and aggression. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 52(6), e2.




Barnes, J. B., Hayes, A. M., & Sloan, D. M. (2017, November). Therapeutic processes in written exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy. In D. Sloan (chair), A Noninferiority Randomized Controlled Trial of Written Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Outcomes, Moderators, and Mediators. Symposium presented at the 51st annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego, CA.

Barnes, J. B., Sacco, G. R., Williamson, A., & Beveridge, R. (2014, November). The Delaware Project. Keynote talk given at the Dissemination and Implementation Special Interest Group Meeting at the 48th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Barnes, J. B., Nickerson, A., Adler, A. B., & Litz, B. T. (2013, November). Perceived military organizational support and peacekeeper distress: A longitudinal investigation. In A. Nickerson (chair), Trajectories of Posttraumatic Stress Responses Following Trauma Exposure. Symposium presented at the 47th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.


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