Dr. Shea received her Ph.D. in psychology from Catholic University in 1981. She was formerly at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she was chief of the Personality Disorders Program, and Associate Coordinator of the NIMH Treatment of Depression Collaborative Research Program. Currently, she is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, where she also serves as Director of the Clinical Assessment and Training Unit, and as an Associate Director of the Psychology Training Consortium. She is a staff psychologist at the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders Clinic at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She was a member of the Work Group on Personality Disorders for the DSM-IV; is a former president of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, and former member of the Executive Board of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Personality Disorders, and has served on several other editorial boards. Dr. Shea is actively involved in research on personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her current research in personality disorders includes a multi-site study to study the naturalistic longitudinal course of personality disorders funded by the NIMH. Her research in PTSD includes two studies funded by the Department of Defense including a treatment development study to adapt an intervention for PTSD-related anger problems in veterans of the Iraq war, and a longitudinal study examining the early course of PTSD symptoms and predictors of chronic PTSD in veterans of the Iraq war. She has authored numerous publications in the areas of personality traits and disorders, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
1.Shea MT, Stout R, Gunderson JG, Morey LC, Grilo CM, McGlashan T, Skodol AE, Dolan-Sewell R, Dyck I, Zanarini MC, Keller MB. Short-term diagnostic stability of schizotypal, borderline, avoidant, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2002, 159:2036-2041.
2.Johnson DM, Shea MT, Yen S, Battle C, Zlotnick C, Sanislow, CA, Grilo CM, Skodol AE, Bender DS, McGlashan TH, Gunderson JG, Zanarini MC. Gender differences in borderline personality disorder: Findings from the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders Study. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 2003, 44:284-292.
3.Schnurr PP, Friedman MJ, Foy DW, Shea MT, Hsieh F, Lavori PW, Glynn SM, Wattenberg M, Bernardy NC. A randomized trial of trauma focus group therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: results from a department of veterans affairs cooperative study. Archives of General Psychiatry, 2003, 80:481-489.
4.Yen S, Shea MT, Pagano M, Sanislow CA, Grilo CM, McGlashan TH, Skodol AE, Bender DS, Zanarini MC, Gunderson JG, Morey LC. Axis I and Axis II disorders as predictors of prospective suicide attempts: findings from the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders Study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2003, 112:375-381.
5.Shea MT, Yen S. Stability as a distinction between Axis I and Axis II Disorders. Journal of Personality Disorders, 2003, 17:373-386.
6.Battle CL, Shea MT, Johnson DM, Yen S, Zlotnick C, Zanarini MC, Sanislow CA, Skodol AE, Gunderson JG, Grilo CM, McGlashan TH, Morey LC. Childhood maltreatment associated with adult personality disorders: findings from the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders Study. Journal of Personality Disorders, 2004, 18:193-211.
7.Yen S, Shea MT, Sanislow CA, Grilo CM, Skodol AE, Gunderson JG, McGlashan TH, Zanarini MC, Morey LC. Borderline personality disorder criteria associated with prospectively observed suicidal behavior. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2004, 161: 1296-1298.
8.Shea MT, Stout RL, Yen S, Pagano ME, Skodol AE, Morey LC, Gunderson JG, McGlashan TH, Grilo CM, Sanislow CA, Bender DS, Zanarini MC. Associations in the course of personality disorders and axis I disorders over time. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2004, 113:499-508.
9.Grilo CM, Shea MT, Sanislow CA, Skodol AE, Gunderson JG, Stout RL, Pagano ME, Yen S, Morey LC, Zanarini MC, McGlashan TH. Two-year stability and change in schizotypal, borderline, avoidant and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2004; 72:767-775.
10.Yen S, Pagano ME, Shea MT, Grilo CM, Gunderson JG, Skodol AE, McGlashan TH, Sanislow CA, Bender DS, Zanarini MC. Recent life events preceding suicide attempts in a personality disorder sample: findings from the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders Study. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2005; 73:99-105.
11.Shea MT, Yen S. Models of relationship between personality dimensions, disorders and depression. In: Kennedy S, Rosenbluth M, Bagby MR (Eds). Personality Disorders and Depression. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing Inc., 2005.
12.Schnurr PP, Friedman MJ, Engel CC, Foa EB, Shea MT, Chow BK, Resick PA, Thurston V, Orsillo SM, Haug R, Turner C, Bernardy N. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Women. A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2007; 297:820-830.
13.Shea MT, Edelen MO, Pinto A, Yen S, Gunderson JG, Skodol AF, Markowitz J, Sanislow CA, Grilo CM, Ansell E, Daversa MT, Zanarini MC, McGlashan TH, Morey LC. Improvement in borderline personality disorder in relationship to age. Acta Psychiatr Scand, 2009, 119:143-148.
14.Shea MT, McDevitt-Murphy M, Ready DJ, Schnurr PP. Group Therapy. In Foa EB, Keane TM, Friedman MJ (Eds), Effective Treatments for PTSD. New York, NY, Guilford Press, 2009, 306-326.
President, North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, 1994-1995
Associate Editor, Journal of Personality Disorders, 1995-present
Work Group on Personality Disorders, Task Force on DSM-IV, American Psychiatric Association, 1990-1994.
Selected Research Projects
The Collaborative Longitudinal Study of Personality Disorders. NIMH. 03/01/96-05/31/09. Principal Investigator, (MH50837). The overall aim of this study is to provide a comprehensive picture of the course and outcome of four specific personality disorders (PD's): schizotypal (STPD), borderline (BPD), avoidant (AVPD), and obsessive-compulsive (OCPD).
Emotional-Processing in Borderline Personality Disorder, NIMH. 9/20/04-8/31/07. Site PI (Brett Litz, PI) (MH069444-01A1).The aims of this study are to examine the emotional-processing consequences of exposure to a personally relevant challenge in BPD, and to develop sets of emotionally evocative stimuli that can be used in future research.
Treatment of PTSD-Related Anger in Troops Returning From Hazardous Deployments, Department of Defense. 03/01/05-02/28/08. Principal Investigator (USAMRC PR 04347). The purpose of this study is to adapt a cognitive-behavioral treatment for early signs of PTSD-related anger, and to conduct a pilot study of the adapted intervention.
A Randomized Clinical Trial of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for PTSD in Women. VA Cooperative Studies Program. 11/01/01 09/30/05. Site PI (Paula Schnurr, PI) (Cooperative Studies Program #494).
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of exposure therapy for treating PTSD and associated problems in female veterans.