Julie Yeterian Julie Yeterian, PhD

617-327-6777 x1016, Work Space 328B


  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology Department


  • PhD, Suffolk University
  • MA, Suffolk University
  • BA, Bates College


  • Clinical Seminar II (CS700 & CS705)
  • Addictive Disorders: Theory and Treatment (SB522)

Research and Practice Interests

  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Twelve-Step Facilitation
  • Military and Veteran Populations
  • Trauma and PTSD

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Massachusetts


  • National Research Service Award (5 F31 DA035030-02 )
    • Funding Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    • Title: Examining the role of religiosity and spirituality in adolescents’ recovery from substance use disorders
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Early Investigator Research Award, Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders

Publications and Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Berke, D. S., Yeterian, J. D., Presseau, C., Rusowicz-Orazem, L., Kline, N. K., Nash, W. P., & Litz, B. T. (in press). Dynamic changes in marines’ reports of PTSD symptoms and problem alcohol use across the deployment cycle. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Yeterian, J. D., Berke, D. S., Carney, J. R., McIntyre-Smith, A., St. Cyr, K., King, L., Kline, N. K., Phelps, A., Litz, B. T., and Members of the Moral Injury Outcomes Project Consortium. (in press). Defining and measuring moral injury: Rationale, design, and preliminary findings from the Moral Injury Outcome Scale Consortium. Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Yeterian, J. D., Bursik, K., & Kelly, J. F. (2018). “God put weed here for us to smoke”: A mixed methods study of religion and spirituality among adolescents with cannabis use disorders. Substance Abuse. 

Yeterian, J. D., Berke, D. S., & Litz, B. T. (2017). Psychosocial rehabilitation after war trauma with Adaptive Disclosure: Design and rationale of a comparative efficacy trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 61, 10-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2017.07.012.

Kelly, J. F., Kaminer, Y., Kahler, C. W., Hoeppner, B. B., Yeterian, J., Cristello, J. V., Timko, C. (2017). A pilot randomized clinical trial testing integrated twelve-step facilitation (ITSF) treatment for adolescent substance use disorder. Addiction, 112(12), 2155-2166http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/add.13920.

Kelly J. F., Yeterian J. D., Cristello J. V., Kaminer Y., Kahler C., & Timko C. (2016). Developing and testing Twelve-Step Facilitation for adolescents with substance use disorder: Manual development and preliminary outcomes. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 10, 55-64http://dx.doi.org/10.4137/SART.S39635.

Yeterian, J. D., Bursik, K., & Kelly, J. F. (2015). Religiosity as a predictor of adolescents' substance use disorder treatment outcomes. Substance Abuse, 36(4), 453-461. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2014.960550.

Yeterian, J. D., Green, M. C., Bergman, B. G., & Kelly, J. F. (2013). Does mandated treatment benefit youth? A prospective investigation of adolescent justice-system involvement, treatment motivation, and substance use outcomes. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 31(4), 431-449. https://doi.org/10.1080/07347324.2013.831671.

Horvath, T., & Yeterian, J. D. (2012). SMART Recovery: Self-empowering, science-based recovery support. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 7(2-4), 102-117. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1556035X.2012.705651.

Yeterian, J. D., Dow, S. J., & Kelly, J. F. (2012). Ensuring retention in longitudinal studies: A practical evaluation of an intensive follow-up protocol and suggested adaptations. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 15(5), 369-383. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2011.623958.

Kelly, J. F., & Yeterian, J. D. (2012). Empirical awakening: The new science on mutual-help and implications for cost containment under health care reform. Substance Abuse, 33(2), 85-91. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08897077.2011.634965.

Kelly, J. F., Dow, S. J., Yeterian, J. D., & Myers, M. (2011). How safe are adolescents at AA and NA meetings? A prospective investigation with outpatient youth. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 40, 419-425. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2011.01.004.

Kelly, J. F., & Yeterian, J. D. (2011). The role of mutual-help groups in extending the framework of treatment. Alcohol Research & Health, 33(3), 350-355. http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh334/350-355.pdf.

Kelly, J. F., Dow, S. J., Yeterian, J. D., & Kahler, C. (2010). Can 12-step group participation strengthen and extend the benefits of adolescent addiction treatment? A prospective analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 110(1-2), 117-125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.02.019.

Kelly, J. F., & Yeterian, J. D. (2008). Mutual-help groups for dually diagnosed individuals: Rationale, description, and review of the evidence. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 3(3-4), 217-242. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15560350802424852.

Kelly, J. F., Yeterian, J. D., & Myers, M. G. (2008). Treatment staff referrals, participation expectations, and perceived benefits and barriers to adolescent involvement in 12-step groups. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 26(4), 427-449. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07347320802347053.

Other Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration* (SAMHSA; in press). Report of Findings from a Systematic Review of the Scientific Literature on Recovery Support Services in the United States. (*contributing author)

Book Chapters:

Berke, D. S., Kline, N., Carney, J., Yeterian, J. D., & Litz, B. T. (in press). Treating moral injury in military members and veterans. In B. A. Moore & W. E. Penk (Eds.), Treating PTSD in Military Personnel: A Clinical Handbook (2nd ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.

Yeterian, J. D., Berke, D. S., Rosenthal, J., & Litz, B. T. (in press). Moral injury in military service members and veterans. In E. Seamone, C. Finkelstein, & S. Xenakis (Eds.), Preventing and Treating the Invisible Wounds of War:  Combat Trauma and Psychological Injury. Oxford University Press.

Presseau, C., Berke, D. S., Yeterian, J. D., & Litz, B. T. (in press). The impact of exposure to potentially traumatic events on physical health. In S. Richards & L. Cohen (Eds.), The Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology (Vol. 3): Clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine. John Wiley and Sons, Publishers: Oxford, UK.

Labbe, A. K., Yeterian, J. D., Wilner, J., & Kelly, J. F. (2017). Cognitive and behavioral approaches for treating substance use disorders among behavioral medicine patients. In A. Vranceanu, J. A. Greer, S. A. Safren (Eds.), The Massachusetts General Hospital handbook of behavioral medicine.New York: Springer.

Kelly, J. F., Worley, M., & Yeterian, J. D. (2016). Twelve-step approaches. In S. Brown & R. A. Zucker (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of adolescent substance abuse. New York: Oxford University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199735662.013.033

Yeterian, J. D., Labbe, A., & Kelly, J. F. (2015). Cognitive-behavioral approaches for substance use disorders. In T. Petersen, S. Sprich, & S. Wilhelm (Eds.), The Massachusetts General Hospital handbook of cognitive behavioral therapy (pp. 197-210)New York: Springer.

Kelly, J. F., & Yeterian, J. D. (2015). Outcomes research on 12-step programs. In M. Galanter, H. D. Kleber, & K. T. Brady (Eds.), Textbook of substance abuse treatment (5th ed.) (pp. 579-593). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing.

Kelly, J. F., Humphreys, K., & Yeterian, J. D. (2014). Mutual-help groups. In M. Herie & W. J. W. Skinner (Eds.), Fundamentals of addiction: A practical guide for counsellors (4th ed.) (pp. 321-347). Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. ISBN: 978-1-77114-147-5.

Kelly, J. F., & Yeterian, J. D. (2013). Self-help groups for addictions. In B. McCrady & E. Epstein (Eds.), Addictions: A comprehensive guidebook (2nd ed.) (pp. 500-525). New York: Oxford University Press. IBSN: 978-0199753666.

Kelly, J. F., & Yeterian, J. D. (2011). Alcoholics Anonymous and young people. In J. Saunders & J. Rey (Eds.), Young people and alcohol: Impact, policy, prevention, treatment (pp. 308-326). Oxford, England: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-4443-3598-9.

Yeterian, J. D., Pachas, G., Evins, E., & Kelly, J. F. (2010). Rating scales for alcohol and nicotine addiction. In L. Baer & M. A. Blais (Eds.), Handbook of clinical rating scales and assessment in psychiatry and mental health (pp. 87-123). Totowa, NJ: The Humana Press, Inc. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-59745-387-5_5.

Kelly, J. F., & Yeterian, J. D. (2008). Mutual-help groups. In W. O’Donohue & J. R. Cunningham (Eds.), Evidence-based adjunctive treatments (pp. 61-105). New York: Elsevier. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-012088520-6.50005-6.

Conference Presentations:

Berke, D. S., Yeterian, J., Kline, N., Carney, J., & Litz, B. T. (2018, August). Developing a measure of moral injury outcomes: Results from a bottom-up qualitative analysis. In B. J. Griffin (Chair), Assessment and Treatment of Military-related Moral Injury. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association National Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Litz, B. T., Berke, D., Yeterian, J. D., & Gray, M. J. (2017, November). Targeting military trauma with Adaptive Disclosure. Mini workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego, CA.

Evans, W., Currier, J., Farnsworth, J., Frankfurt, S., Gray, M., & Yeterian, J. (2017, November). Moral injury conceptualization and recovery: Definitional distinctions and intervention implementation. Panel discussion at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL.

McIntyre-Smith, Berke, D.S., Yeterian, J., Gifford, S., King, L., Richardson, J.D., Nelson, C., St. Cyr., K., Litz., B. A. (September, 2017). Qualitative investigation of moral injury using a preliminary clinician-based survey. Paper presented at the Canadian Institute for Military & Veteran Health Research Forum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Kelly, J. F., Cristello, J. V., Yeterian, J. D., Kaminer, Y., Kahler, C. W., Timko, C. (2016, June). Findings from the first randomized controlled trial of adolescent twelve-step facilitation. Oral symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, New Orleans, LA.

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Independent Assessor
  • SMART Recovery, Director of Research

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Research Psychologist, VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Teaching Fellow, BU School of Medicine
  • Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association, Division 50 (Addiction Psychology)