Dr. Eaton is a clinical psychologist in the Trauma Recovery Service at the Providence VA Medical Center (PVAMC). Her primary research interests are in complementary and integrative treatment approaches for 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 integrative, 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 moral injury and how it can be refractory to current treatment approaches.
Currently, Dr. Eaton is PI on a Department of Veteran Affairs SPiRE award examining Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) for combat deployed Veterans with co-occurring PTSD-SUD and moral injury. This project is in the process of conducting a pilot study to evaluate changes in self-compassion, guilt, shame, and PTSD-SUD symptom severity in a sample of Veterans after receiving 8 sessions of Mindful Self Compassion treatment.
Additionally, Dr. Eaton currently serves as Co-I on a Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN) funded pilot study (PI: Zand Vakili) designed to test hypotheses about changes in brain mechanisms in Veterans who have reduced disability ratings after Mindfulness Based Care for Chronic Pain (MBCP) training. The approach is aimed at delineating functional biomarkers of effective MBCP, which correspond to less pain and functional gains.