Jennifer J. Vasterling
VA Boston Healthcare System
Software deploymentPsychiatryMental healthNeuropsychologyPsychosocialPsychologyCognitionNeurocognitiveOccupational safety and healthInjury preventionAnxiety disorderMilitary deploymentMilitary personnelDepression (differential diagnoses)Traumatic brain injuryPosttraumatic stressPoison controlAnxietyClinical psychologyMedicine
154Publications
51H-index
7,287Citations
Publications 154
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#1Rosemary Toomey (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 40
#2Renee Alpern (Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital)H-Index: 7
Last. Seth A. Eisen (WashU: Washington University in St. Louis)H-Index: 81
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Abstract null null Aims null Veterans of the 1991 Gulf War reported symptoms in their spouses that mirrored veterans' symptoms following their return from the war, including problems with attention and memory. Neuropsychological functioning in these spouses has not been examined with objective tests. This study sought to determine if these spouses exhibited deficits in neuropsychological functioning. null null null Main methods null Spouses of a national cohort of 1991 Gulf War deployed (n = 470...
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#1Adam D. LaMotte (UMBC: University of Maryland, Baltimore County)H-Index: 8
#2Anica Pless Kaiser (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 12
Last. Jennifer J. Vasterling (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 51
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A key challenge in the assessment of family variables is the discrepancies that arise between reports. Although prior research has observed levels of interpartner agreement on the family environmen...
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#1Christy A. Denckla (Harvard University)H-Index: 8
#2Sun Yeop Lee (Harvard University)H-Index: 1
Last. Soraya Seedat (UCT: University of Cape Town)H-Index: 96
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There are individual differences in health outcomes following exposure to childhood maltreatment, yet constant individual variance is often assumed in analyses. Among 286 Black, South African women, the association between childhood maltreatment and neurocognitive health, defined here as neurocognitive performance (NP), was first estimated assuming constant variance. Then, without assuming constant variance, we applied Goldstein’s method (Encyclopedia of statistics in behavioral science, Wiley, ...
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#1Colleen E. Jackson (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 9
#2Maria M. Ciarleglio (Yale University)H-Index: 27
Last. Jennifer J. Vasterling (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 51
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Cross-sectional research suggests that posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) among war zone veterans are associated with functional impairment and poor quality of life. Less is known about the long-term functional repercussions of PTSS. This study of Iraq War veterans examined the associations between increases in PTSS and long-term functional outcomes, including the potential contributions of neurocognitive decrements. Service members and veterans (N = 594) completed self-report measures of func...
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#1Molly R. Franz (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 8
#2Anica Pless Kaiser (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 12
Last. Jennifer J. Vasterling (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 51
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INTRODUCTION Warzone participation is associated with increased risk of stress-related psychopathology, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Prior research suggests that the mental health of spouses of warzone veterans (WZVs) is linked to that of their partners. Additionally, PTSD among WZVs has been associated with marital dysfunction. Less is known about the effects of depression among WZVs on partner mental health and family relationships. We sought in this study to ...
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#1Daniel J. Lee (VA Boston Healthcare System)H-Index: 13
Although numerous longitudinal studies have examined heterogeneity in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom course, the long-term course of the disorder remains poorly understood. This study sought to understand and predict long-term PTSD symptom course among a nationwide sample of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom veterans enrolled in Veterans Health Administration services. We assessed PTSD symptoms at 4 time points over approximately 4.5 years (M = 55.11 months, SD = 6.89)....
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#1Jennifer J. Vasterling (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 51
#2Mihaela Aslan (Yale University)H-Index: 17
Last. John Concato (Yale University)H-Index: 70
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Objective: Many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although prior work has examined associations between TBI and development of psychiatric syn...
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#1Shawna N. Jacob (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 3
#2Caroline P. Dodge (VA Boston Healthcare System)H-Index: 1
Last. Jennifer J. VasterlingH-Index: 51
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Abstract There are well-known associations between PTSD and neurocognition, however, the direction of causality between the two is not well-understood. Neurocognition may alter risk of the development and maintenance of PTSD. Conversely, PTSD may pose risk to neurocognitive integrity. With cognitive and neurobiological conceptualizations of PTSD as a backdrop, this review will summarize results from several lines of research including preclinical, human analogue, retrospective, longitudinal, and...
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#1Jennifer J. Vasterling (BU: Boston University)H-Index: 51
#2Gabriel S. WaltH-Index: 1
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#1Rosemary Toomey (Florida State University College of Arts and Sciences)H-Index: 1
#2Renee Alpern (Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital)H-Index: 7
Last. Seth A. Eisen (WashU: Washington University in St. Louis)H-Index: 81
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Abstract Veterans’ spouses are at risk for mental distress and substance use. We examined long term psychological functioning in spouses from a national cohort of 1991 Gulf War era veterans. From clinical interviews, spouses of deployed veterans (n = 488) did not have a greater prevalence of post-war mental disorders compared to spouses of non-deployed veterans (n = 536); however, in couples that were living together since the war, there was an increased risk of anxiety disorders or any one diso...
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