Dr. Eaton is a clinical psychologist in the Trauma Recovery Service at the Providence VA Medical Center (PVAMC). Her primary research interests are in the treatment of co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Eaton received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University in 2014. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, specializing in PTSD. Over the past several years, she has been developing a program of research focused on the development and examination of complementary and alternative, cost-effective, and tolerable treatment approaches for PTSD-SUD in Veterans. Specifically, her clinical work with this population has illuminated the common clinical issue of posttraumatic guilt and how it can be refractory to current treatment approaches.
Currently, Dr. Eaton is PI on a HSR&D COIN Seed trial in the process of analyzing pilot data examining the feasibility and acceptability of a self-compassion focused treatment for Veterans with PTSD-SUD and associated posttraumatic guilt.
Additionally, Dr. Eaton currently serves at Co-I on a Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN) funded pilot study (PI: Greenberg/Jones) designed to test hypotheses about changes in brain mechanisms in Veterans who have reduced disability ratings after Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training. The approach is aimed at delineating functional biomarkers of effective MBSR, which correspond to less pain and functional gains.