Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Jennifer Vasterling

  • Leah Drasher-Phillips
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_9241-1

Name and Degrees

Jennifer J. Vasterling, Ph.D., received a Bachelor in Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology (1984) from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (1988).

Major Appointments (Institution, Location, Dates)

  • Lecturer of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2008–present)

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts (2007–present)

  • Chief of Psychology Service, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts (2007–present)

  • Investigator in Behavioral Sciences Division, Veterans Affairs National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Boston, Massachusetts (2007–present)

  • Senior Investigator, VISN 16 Mental Illness Research, Education, & Clinical Center (MIRECC), New Orleans, Louisiana (2006–2007)

  • Associate Director for Research, VISN 16 MIRECC, New Orleans, Louisiana (1999–2006)

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References and Readings

Peer-Reviewed Papers

  1. Alosco, M. L., Aslan, M., Du, M., Ko, J., Grande, L., Proctor, S. P., Concato, J., & Vasterling, J. J. (2016). Consistency of recall for deployment-related traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 31(5), 360–368.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Han, S. C., Castro, F., Lee, L. O., Charney, M. E., Marx, B. P., Brailey, K., Proctor, S. P., & Vasterling, J. J. (2014). Military unit support, postdeployment social support, and PTSD symptoms among active duty and National Guard soldiers deployed to Iraq. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 446–453.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Jackson, C. E., Green, J. D., Bovin, M. J., Vasterling, J. J., Holowka, D. W., Ranganathan, G., Rosen, R. C., Keane, T. M., & Marx, B. P. (2016). Mild traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and psychosocial functioning among male and female U.S. OEF/OIF Veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 29(4), 309–316.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Marx, B. P., Brailey, K., Proctor, S. P., MacDonald, H. Z., Graefe, A. C., Amoroso, P. J., Heeren, T., & Vasterling, J. J. (2009). Association of time since deployment, combat intensity and posttraumatic stress symptoms with neuropsychological outcomes following Iraq War deployment. Archives of General Psychiatry, 66, 9961004.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. McFarland, C. P., Clark, J. B., Lee, L. O., Grande, L. J., Marx, B. P., & Vasterling, J. J. (2016). Event-based prospective memory among Veterans: The role of PTSD symptom severity in executing intentions. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 38(2), 251–260.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Palumbo, D. J., Kapson, H. S., Lafleche, G., Vasterling, J. J., Marx, B. P., Franz, M., & Verfaellie, M. (2015). Alterations in autobiographical memory for a blast event in OEF/OIF Veterans with mild TBI. Neuropsychology, 29(4), 543549.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Pless Kaiser, A., Proctor, S. P., & Vasterling, J. J. (2016). Consistency of reporting for stressful life events among non-deployed soldiers. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72, 1088–1098.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Proctor, S. P., Smith, K. W., Heeren, T., & Vasterling, J. J. (2014). Prospective assessment of health-related functioning among deployed US Army active duty and National Guard soldiers. Military Behavioral Health, 2, 42–51.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Seal, K. H., Bertenthal, D., Samuelson, K., Maguen, S., Kumar, S., & Vasterling, J. J. (2016). Association between mild traumatic brain injury and mental health problems and self-reported cognitive dysfunction in Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 53, 185–198.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Vasterling, J. J., Duke, L. M., Brailey, K., Constans, J. I., Allain, A. N., & Sutker, P. B. (2002). Attention, learning, and memory performances and intellectual resources in Vietnam Veterans: PTSD and no disorder comparisons. Neuropsychology, 16, 5–14.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Vasterling, J. J., Duke, L. M., Tomlin, H. R., Lowery, N., & Kaplan, E. (2004). Global-local processing in posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10, 709–718.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Vasterling, J. J., Proctor, S. P., Amoroso, P., Kane, R., Heeren, T., & White, R. F. (2006). Neuropsychological outcomes of Army personnel following deployment to the Iraq War. Journal of the American Medical Association, 296, 519–529.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Vasterling, J. J., Verfaellie, M., & Sullivan, K. D. (2009). Mild traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder in returning Veterans: Perspectives from cognitive neuroscience. Clinical Psychology Reviews, 29, 674–684.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Vasterling, J. J., Proctor, P. P., Friedman, M. J., Hoge, C. W., Heeren, T., King, L. A., & King, D. W. (2010). PTSD Symptom Increases in Iraq-Deployed Soldiers: Comparison with Non-Deployed Soldiers and Associations with Baseline Symptoms, Deployment Experiences, and Post-Deployment Stress. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23, 41–51.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  15. Vasterling, J., Brailey, K., Proctor, S. P., Kane, R., Heeren, T., & Franz, M. (2012). Effects of mild TBI, PTSD, and depression on neuropsychological performance and functional health in Iraq-deployed U.S. Army soldiers. British Journal of Psychiatry, 201, 186–192.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Vasterling, J. J., Proctor, S. P., Aslan, M., Ko, J., Jakupcak, M., Harte, C. B., Marx, B. P., & Concato, J. (2015). Military, demographic, and psychosocial predictors of military retention in enlisted Army Soldiers 12 months after deployment to Iraq. Military Medicine, 180(5), 524532.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Vasterling, J. J., Aslan, M., Proctor, S. P., Ko, J., Marx, B. P., Jakupcak, M., Schnurr, P. P., Gleason, T., Huang, G. D., & Concato, J. (2016). Longitudinal examination of posttraumatic stress disorder as a long-term outcome of Iraq War deployment. American Journal of Epidemiology, 184(11), 796805.CrossRefGoogle Scholar


  1. Ruzek, J., Schnurr, P., Friedman, M., & Vasterling, J. J. (2011). Posttraumatic stress reactions: Caring for Veterans of the War on Global Terror. Washington: American Psychological Association.Google Scholar
  2. Vasterling, J. J., & Brewin, C. R. (2005). Neuropsychology of PTSD: Biological, cognitive and clinical perspectives. New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  3. Vasterling, J. J., Bryant, R. A., & Keane, T. M. (2012). PTSD and Mild traumatic brain injury. New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar

Book Chapters

  1. Alvarez, J. A., Oveson, K., & Vasterling, J. J. (2011). Neurobehavioral aspects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In G. Goldstein, T. M. Incagnoli, & A. E. Puente (Eds.), Contemporary neurobehavioral syndromes (pp. 151–174). Florence: Psychology Press.Google Scholar
  2. Amick, M. M., Homaifar, B., & Vasterling, J. J. (2013). Traumatic brain injury. In B. A. Moore & J. E. Barnett (Eds.), Military psychologists’ desk references (pp. 232–236). New York: Oxford Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Brailey, K., Vasterling, J. J., & Sutker, P. B. (1998). Psychological aftermath of Persian Gulf War participation. In A. Lundberg (Ed.), The environment and mental health (pp.83-102). Hillsdale: Erlbaum.Google Scholar
  4. MacDonald, H. Z., Franz, M., & Vasterling, J. J. (2012). Assessment and treatment of neuropsychological deficits in PTSD. In R. A. McMackin, E. Newman, J. M. Fogler, & T. M. Keane (Eds.), Trauma therapy in context: The science and craft of evidence-based practice. Washington: American Psychological Association.Google Scholar
  5. Reckess, G. Z., Chen, M. S., & Vasterling, J. J. (2012). Neuropsychological practice with Veterans: Posttraumatic stress disorder. In S. S. Bush (Ed.), Neuropsychology practice with Veterans (pp. 161–184). New York: Springer.Google Scholar
  6. Vasterling, J. J., & Alvarez, J. (2008). Cognitive impairments associated with posttraumatic stress disorder. In G. Reyes, J. Elhai, & J. Ford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of psychological trauma (p. 140). Hoboken: Wiley.Google Scholar
  7. Vasterling, J. J., & Lippa, S. (2014). Neurocognitive alterations associated with PTSD: Neuropsychological deficits, information-processing biases, and implications for mild traumatic brain injury. In M. J. Friedman, T. M. Keane, & P. Resick (Eds.), Handbook of PTSD: Science and practice (pp. 185–199). New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  8. Vasterling, J. J., Grande, L., Graefe, A. C., & Alvarez, J. A. (2010). Neuropsychological assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder. In C. Armstrong & L. Morrow (Eds.), Handbook of medical neuropsychology: Applications of cognitive neuroscience (pp. 447–465). Springer.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Vasterling, J. J., MacDonald, H. Z., Ulloa, E. W., & Rodier, N. (2010). Neuropsychological correlates of PTSD: A military perspective. In C. H. Kennedy & J. L. Moore (Eds.), Military neuropsychology (pp. 321–359). New York: Springer.Google Scholar
  10. Verfaellie, M., & Vasterling, J. J. (2009). Memory in PTSD: A neurocognitive approach. In P. Shiromani, T. M. Keane, & J. LeDoux (Eds.), Neurobiology of PTSD (pp. 105–132). Totowa: Humana Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation ResearchJames A. Haley Veterans’ HospitalTampaUSA