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I am a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Suffolk. I am originally from Illinois where I pursued a bachelor’s degree in psychology before going on to receive a terminal master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. After working as an outpatient clinician in a community mental health center for one year I decided to continue my graduate education and moved to Boston to begin my doctoral training at Suffolk. Since being at Suffolk I have channeled my research efforts into understanding different patterns of adaptation following trauma. I completed my first practicum experience of the program at McLean Hospital’s OCD-Institute where I gained experience and comfort administering various assessments, writing integrated reports, and coaching exposure and response/ritual prevention sessions. For my second practicum experience I provided outpatient therapy using manualized CBT treatment to treat a range of anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Additionally, I began working as a blinded study assessor on a clinical trial at the Boston VA where I received intensive training on administering gold-standard PTSD assessments to a veteran population. In my fourth year, I am continuing to work as a study assessor at the VA Hospital, and have also begun an advanced practicum training at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Depression and Clinical Research Program (DCRP). At the DCRP I am gaining experience providing CBT to individuals who have moderate–severe traumatic brain injuries, as well as furthering my experience as a trained study assessor on various ongoing projects.

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Research Interests

My research interests broadly involve studying reactions to trauma. More recently, clinical experiences have informed a more specific research interest regarding the relationship between trauma, PTSD and OCD. I am particularly interested in using mixed methods to evaluate questions related to trauma and functioning in treatment-seeking individuals.

Publications & Presentations


Zelechoski, A. D., Buckman, H., Luehrs, R., Freedle, A., Bruick, S., Harrison, K., Hayrynen, A., Hrebic, L., Dibley, E., & Will, K (in press).

Trauma assessment in juvenile justice: Are we asking the right questions in the right ways?

Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.

Luehrs, R. E., Camargo, T., Woolverton, G. A., & Marks, A. K. (2020, November).

A mixed methods investigation of trauma exposure and resilience in legally vulnerable immigrants in the U.S.

Flash talk to be presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 36th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.


Luehrs, R. E., McCaughey, V. K., & Marks, A. K. (2020, November).

Associations between lifetime posttraumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive symptomatology: Evidence

from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication.

Poster to be presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 54th Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Luehrs, R. E., Suvak, M. K., Shayani, D., & Iverson, K. M. (2019, November).

Hope and self-efficacy as moderators of the relationship between intimate partner violence

and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 35th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Luehrs, R. E., Alvarez, V. A., Musicaro, R. M., Lord, K. A., & Suvak, M. K. (2019, August).

The factor structure and construct validity of the compassionate and self-Image goals scale.

Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention. Chicago, IL.

Luehrs, R., Grillo, A., Danitz, S., Suvak, M., & Iverson, K. (2018, November).

Hope and self-efficacy as predictors of PTSD symptoms in a sample of women veterans.

Poster presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 34th Annual Meeting, Washington, D. C.

Gorman, O., Schmidt, S., Luehrs, R., McIntyre, C., & Zelechoski, A. (2017, March).

An exploration of the relationship between trauma exposure and juvenile recidivism.

Poster presented at the AP-LS Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

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