Bonnie L. Green, PhD

Professor and Director of Research
Department of Psychiatry
Georgetown University Medical Center
310 Kober Cogan Hall
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20057
Tel:    202-687-6529
Fax:    202-687-0694  

Research Interests

Psychological trauma and interpersonal violence affecting low income and minority women; patient- provider relationships; development and delivery of interventions for trauma-related mental health problems such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression.

Research Summary 

My research at Georgetown has focused on the psychological and physical health consequences of individual traumas experienced by women, including breast cancer, traumatic bereavement, and interpersonal violence.  Our recent research addresses the mental health needs of poor women who receive their health care in primary care settings that serve low-income/safety net populations.  This NIMH-funded work focuses on serving the needs of women with serious trauma histories, and those who have major depression and/or posttraumatic stress disorder, particularly within primary care settings. I am also studying relationships between patients and primary care providers, how these may differ depending on the patient’s trauma history and attachment style, and what supports providers might need to help manage patients with trauma-related mental health problems.  I am PI of an NIH Center, the Georgetown Center for Trauma and the Community, that focuses on developing innovative and sustainable interventions to address trauma-related mental health needs presenting to primary care settings serving low-income, mostly minority populations.  This work is accomplished in collaboration with Georgetown’s School of Nursing and Health Studies, and its Departments of Family Medicine, Physiology & Biophysics, Neurology, Pediatrics, and Medicine, as well as through academic-community research partnerships with local jurisdictions, including the Department of Health (Division of Maternal and Child Health) and Greater Baden Medical Services, Inc., both in Prince George’s County, MD; the Primary Care Coalition in Montgomery County, MD; and Unity Health Care, Inc. in the District of Columbia.

Representative Publications

  • Miranda, J. & Green, B.L. (1999).  The need for mental health services focusing on poor young women.  The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 2, 73-80.
  • Green, B. L., Krupnick, J. L., Rowland, J. H., Epstein, S. A., Stockton, P., Spertus, I., & Stern, N. (2000). Trauma history as a predictor of psychologic symptoms in women with breast cancer.  Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • Green, B. L., Friedman, M., de Jong, J., Solomon, S., Keane, T., Fairbank, J. A., Donelan, B., & Frey-Wouters, E. (Eds.) (2003). Trauma interventions in war and peace: Prevention, practice, and policy.  New York, Boston, Dordrecht, London, and Moscow: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
  • Schnurr, P.P., & Green, B.L. (Eds.) (2004).  Trauma and health: Physical health consequences of exposure to extreme stress.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Revicki, D. A., Siddique, J., Frank, L., Chung, J. Y., Green, B. L., Krupnick, J., Prasad, M., & Miranda, J. (2005).  Cost-effectiveness of evidence-based antidepressant or cognitive behavior therapy compared to community referral for major depression tailored for predominantly low-income young minority women.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 62, 868-875.
  • Miranda, J., Green, B. L., Krupnick, J. L., Chung, J. Y., Siddique, J., Belin, T., & Revicki, D.  (2006). One-year outcomes of a randomized clinical trial of treating depression in predominantly low-income young minority women, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 99-111.
  • Eisenman, D. P., Green, B. L., Rayburn, N., De Jong, J., & Weine, S.  (2006).  International guidelines on mental health training of primary care providers for trauma exposed populations.  Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19, 5-17.
  • Green, B. L., Chung, J. Y., Daroowalla, A., Kaltman, S. & DeBenedictis, C. (in press).  Evaluating the cultural validity of the Stressful Life Events Screening Questionnaire.  Violence against Women.
  • Green, B. L., Krupnick, J. L., Chung, J., Siddique, J., Krause, E., Revicki, D., & Miranda, J.  (in press).  Impact of PTSD co-morbidity on one-year outcomes in a depression trial.  Journal of Clinical Psychology.