Laura Harder Aversa is a fifth-year doctoral student in the CSPP San Diego Clinical Psychology PhD program with an emphasis in health psychology. Laura has worked closely with her faculty advisor, Jill Stoddard, PhD, and researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the University of California San Diego to carry out the research for her dissertation, “Health-related quality of life in veterans with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and tobacco dependence.”
Laura was awarded a two-year, $60,000 grant in 2010 from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program to support the project. Laura successfully defended her dissertation in February 2012, and recently had two papers accepted for publication from the project:
Aversa, L. H., Stoddard, J.A., Doran, N.M., Au, S., Chow, B., McFall, M., Saxon, A., Baker, D.G. (2012). PTSD and depression as predictors of physical health-related quality of life in tobacco-dependent veterans. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 73, 185-190.
Aversa, L. H., Stoddard, J.A., Doran, N.M., Au, S., Chow, B., McFall, M., Saxon, A., Baker, D.G. (in press). Longitudinal analysis of the relationship between PTSD symptom clusters, cigarette use, and physical health-related quality of life. Quality of Life Research.
Laura is currently a psychology intern at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. She hopes to continue to work in a clinical and research capacity with veterans struggling with PTSD, addictions, and health problems as she transitions into professional practice.