Rebecca J. Zakarian, B.A.

Biographical Sketch

Rebecca is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She completed her B.A. in Psychology and English in 2014 at Amherst College. Following graduation, she served for two years as the Research Program Coordinator for Home Base, a research, clinical, and educational center for post-9/11 veterans and their family members located at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She is primarily interested in treatment related research for PTSD and co-occurring substance use disorders in veteran populations. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the factors that contribute to improved clinical outcomes as well as mechanisms of treatment response. Additionally, she is interested in exploring the roles of guilt, shame, and moral injury in relation to PTSD risk and resilience.

Recent Publications

McQuade, J. D., Breaux, R. P., Gómez, A. F., Zakarian, R. J., & Weatherly J. A. (2016). Biased self-perceived social competence and engagement in subtypes of aggression: Examination of peer rejection and social dominance goals as moderators. Aggressive Behavior.

Ohye, B., Kelly, H., Chen, Y., Simon, N. M., Zakarian, R. J., Bui, E. (in press). Staying Strong with Schools: A civilian school-based intervention to promote resilience for military connected children. Military Medicine.

Goetter, E. M., Bui, E., Ojserkis, R. A., Zakarian, R. J., Brendel, R. W., & Simon, N. M. (2015). A systematic review of dropout from psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder among Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28, 1-9.

Education and Training

Doctor of Philosophy, (in progress)

Clinical Psychology

The University of Memphis


Masters of Science, (in progress)

Clinical Psychology

The University of Memphis


Bachelor of Arts, (2014)

Psychology, English

Amherst College