Contact Information

Medical and Clinical Psychology: Faculty

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Medical and Clinical Psychology
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Phone: (301) 816-4750
FAX: (301) 816-4765
Curriculum Vitae

David S. Riggs, Medical and Clinical Psychology

David S. Riggs, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology,
Executive Director, Center for Deployment Psychology
Education: B.A. (1984) in Psychology, University of Kansas; Ph.D. (1990) in Clinical Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Research and Teaching

Research Topics: Impact of deployments, deployment stress and PTSD on family functioning; Treatment of combat-related PTSD.
Methods and Approach: Field studies with human participants; psychotherapy trials; clinical interviews, observational coding, and psychometric instruments.

Current Grant Support: USUHS; Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program.

Medical Student Teaching: Lectures on Provider Burn-Out and Self-Care, PTSD, mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Pain.

Graduate Student Teaching: Psychopathology (Lecture on PTSD); Seminar in Evidence-Based Treatment of PTSD (team taught with staff of the Center for Deployment Psychology).

Additional Teaching: At the Center for Deployment Psychology Dr. Riggs oversees and participates in the development and delivery of training workshops to teach military and civilian behavioral health professionals as to treat PTSD and other trauma-related distress as well as to prepare them to better care for the deployment-related needs Service Members and their families. Dr. Riggs presents between 25 and 40 lectures and workshops per year as part of the Center for Deployment Psychology.

Mentoring: Dr. Riggs supervises Clinical Psychology graduate students in research; he currently supervises 4 Ph.D. students.

Selected Recent Publications

Hembree, E. A., Street, G. P., Riggs, D. S., & Foa, E. B. (2004). Do assault-related variables predict response to cognitive behavioral treatment for PTSD? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 531-534.

Cook, J. M., Riggs, D. S., Thompson, R., Coyne, J. C., & Sheikh, J. (2004). Post-traumatic stress disorder and current relationship functioning of WWII ex-prisoners of war. Journal of Family Psychology, 18, 36-45.

Cahill, S. P., Zoellner, L. A., Feeny, N. C., & Riggs, D. S. (2004). Sequential treatment for child abuse-related PTSD: Methodological comment on Cloitre et al. (2002). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 543-548.

Huppert, J. D., Moser, J., Gershuny, B., Riggs, D. S., Filip, J., Spokas, M., Parker, H., Baer, L., & Foa, E. B. (2005). OCD-PTSD interactions in OCDS, PTSDs, anxious and nonanxious controls. Journal of Anxiety Disorsers , 19, 127-136.

Foa, E. B., Hembree, E. A., Cahill, S. P., Rauch, S. A., Riggs, D. S., Feeney, N. C., & Yadin, E. (2005). Randomized trial of Prolonged Exposure for PTSD with and without Cognitive Restructuring: Outcome at Academic and Community Clinics. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 953-964.

Riggs, D. S., Cahill, S. P., & Foa, E. B. (2006). Exposure treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Chapter in V. Follette & J Ruzek (Eds), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Trauma. New York: Guilford.

Riggs, D. S., & Foa, E. B. (2006). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Chapter in F. Andrasik (Ed.) Comprehensive Handbook of Personality and Psychopathology, Volume 2. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Riggs, D. S., & Keane, T. M. (2006). Assessment Strategies in the Anxiety Disorders. Chapter in B. Rothbaum (Ed.) Pathological anxiety: Emotional processing in etiology and treatment. New York: Guilford.

Riggs, D.S., & Foa, E. B. (2007). Treatment for comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. Chapter to appear in S. Stewart and P. Conrod (Eds.), Comorbid anxiety and substance use disorders: Theoretical and treatment issues. New York: Springer.

Riggs, D.S., & Foa, E. B. (2007). Treating contamination concerns and compulsive washing. Chapter in M. M. Antony, C. Purdon, & L. Summerfeldt (Eds.), Psychological treatment of OCD: Fundamentals and beyond. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association Press.

Taft, C. T., Street, A. E., Marshall, A. D., Dowdall, D. J., & Riggs, D. S. (2007). Posttraumatic stress disorder, anger and partner abuse among Vietnam combat veterans. Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 270-277.

Riggs, D. S., Monson, C., Glynn, S., & Canterino, J. (2008). Couples and family therapy. Chapter in E. B. Foa, T. M. Keane, M. J. Friedman, and J. Cohen (Eds.). Effective treatments for PTSD, 2nd Edition: Practice guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. New York: Guilford.

Riggs, D. S., Caulfield, M. B., & Fair, K. (2009) Risk of intimate partner violence: Factors associated with perpetration and victimization. Chapter in P. M. Kleespies (Ed.) Behavioral emergencies: An evidence-based resource for evaluating and managing risk of suicide, violence, and victimization. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Riggs, D. S., & Foa, E.B. (2009). Psychological treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder. Chapter in M. M. Antony and M. B. Stein (Eds.) Oxford handbook of anxiety and related disorders. New York: Oxford.

Professional Activities

Selected Professional Activities: Dr. Riggs is a member of the America Psychological Association, the Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He served as a member of PTSD Treatment Guidelines Committee for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and as Chair of the Marital and Family Therapy subcommittee; Dr. Riggs also served as a member of the American Psychological Association Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Military Deployment Services for Youth, Families and Service Members.

Editorial Activities and Professional Committees: Dr. Riggs is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Interpersonal Violence as well as Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma. He is also ad hoc reviewer for Journal of Abnormal Psychology; Behavior Therapy; Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Journal of Traumatic Stress; Clinical Psychology Review; Behavior Modification; Personal Relationships; Cognitive Therapy and Research; Violence and Victims. Dr. Riggs is an ad hoc review for the National Institutes of Health: Center for Scientific Review.