Brian Engdahl, PhD

William L. Anderson Chair in PTSD Research
Adjunct Professor, Neuroscience, Psychology & Cognitive Sciences, U of MN

Director, Domenici Research Center for Mental Illness
Brain Sciences Center (11B), VA Health Care System
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417

ph: 612-467-3033
fax: 612-725-2291

PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota
BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota

Predictors of PTSD onset and recovery including brain function, genetics, and spirituality


  • Georgopoulos A, James L, Mahan M, Joseph J, Georgopoulos A, Engdahl B. (In press) Reduced Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) Protection in Gulf War Illness (GWI). E-Biomedicine
  • Danieli Y, Norris F, Engdahl B. (In press) Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma: Modeling the What and How of Transmission. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.
  • James L, Engdahl B, Leuthold A, Krueger R, Georgopoulos A. (2015) Pathological personality traits modulate neural interactions. Experimental Brain Research, 233(12) 3543–3552
  • Christova P, James L, Engdahl B, Lewis S, Georgopoulos A. (2015) Diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) based on correlations of prewhitened fMRI data. Experimental Brain Research. 233(9), 2695-2705
  • James L, Anders S, Peterson C, Engdahl B, Krueger R, Georgopoulos A. (2015) DSM-5 personality traits discriminate between posttraumatic stress disorder and control groups. Experimental Brain Research 233(7), 2021-2028
  • Anders S, Peterson C, James L, Engdahl B, Leuthold A, Georgopoulos A. (2015) Neural communication in posttraumatic growth: Differences between veterans with PTSD and resilient controls. Experimental Brain Research 233(7), 2013-2020
  • Danieli Y, Norris F, Paisner V, Engdahl B, Richter J. (2015) The Danieli Inventory of Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma, Part II: Reparative adaptational impacts. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 85, 229-37
  • Danieli Y, Norris F, Lindert J, Paisner V, Kronenberg S, Engdahl B, Richter J. (2015) The Danieli Inventory of Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma, Part I: Posttrauma adaptational styles in their children's eyes. Journal of Psychiatric Research 68, 167-175
  • Harris J, Nienow T, Choi A, Engdahl B (2015) Client report of spirituality in recovery from serious mental illness. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (American Psychological Association). 7, 142-149
  • Georgopoulos AP, James LM, Mahan MY, Joseph J, Georgopoulos A, Engdahl BE (2015) Reduced Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) Protection in Gulf War Illness (GWI). EBioMedicine. doi:10.1016/j.ebiom.2015.11.037
  • Danieli Y, Norris F, Paisner V, Engdahl B, Richter J. (in press) Assessing multigenerational legacies of trauma part I: Posttrauma family adaptational styles. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
  • Frankfurt S, Anders S, James L, Engdahl B, Winskowski A (2015) Evaluating the dimensionality of PTSD in a sample of OIF/OEF veterans. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice. E-pub ahead of print: 1-19-2015
  • James L, Belitskaya-Lévy I, Lu Y, Wang H, Engdahl B, Leuthold A, Georgopoulos A (2015) Development and application of a diagnostic algorithm for PTSD. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 231, 1-7
  • Peterson C, James L, Anders S, Engdahl B, Georgopoulos A (2015) The role of apolipoprotein E in the severity of PTSD re-experiencing symptoms. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 27, 1-5
  • Harris J, Erbes C, Engdahl B, Winskowski A & Nguyen X (2014). Social support as a mediator in the relationship between religious comforts and strains and trauma symptoms. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (American Psychological Association), 6, 223-229
  • James L, Engdahl B, Leuthold A, Lewis S, Van Kampen E, Georgopoulos A. (2013) Differences in Neural Network Modulation by Trauma between Veterans with PTSD and Resilient Controls. JAMA Psychiatry (formerly Archives of General Psychiatry) 70(4), 410-418
  • James L, Van Kampen E, Miller R, Engdahl B (2013) Risk and Protective Factors associated with symptoms of posttraumatic stress, depression, and alcohol misuse in OEF/OIF Veterans chronic PTSD symptoms. Military Medicine. 178(2), 59-65
  • Engdahl B, (2013) What We have Learned from Former Prisoners of War. In B Moore, J Barnett (Eds) Military Psychologists' Desk Reference, Oxford University Press.
  • Harris J, Erbes C, Engdahl B, Ogden H, Olson R, Winskowski A, Campion K, & Mataas S. (2012). Religious distress and coping with stressful life events: A longitudinal study. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 68; 1276-1286.
  • Engdahl B, Stenger C (2012) Serving America’s Former Prisoners of War: Getting it “Right”. In T Miller (Ed) Psychology in the Veterans Administration: A History. Sage
  • Ogden H, Harris J I, Erbes C, Engdahl B, Olson R, Winskowski A M, McMahill J. (2011) Religious functioning and trauma outcomes among combat veterans. Counseling and Spirituality. 30(1); 71-89.
  • Harris J I, Erbes C, Engdahl B, Thuras P, Murray-Swank N, Grace D, Ogden H, Olson R,Winskowski A, Bacon R, Malec C, Campion K, Le T. (2011) The effectiveness of trauma focused spiritually integrated intervention for veterans. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 67, 1-14
  • Engdahl B, Leuthold A, Tan H-R, Lewis S, Winskowski A, Dikel T, Georgopoulos A (2010) Post-traumatic stress disorder: A right temporal lobe syndrome? Journal of Neural Engineering, 7(6); 1-8
  • Georgopoulos A, Tan H-R, Lewis S, Leuthold A, Winskowski A, Lynch J, Engdahl B (2010) The synchronous neural interactions test as a functional biomarker for post-traumatic stress disorder: A robust classification method based on the bootstrap. J Neural Engineering, 7; 1-7. http://iopscience.iop.org/1741-2552/7/1/016011
  • Harris J, Thornton S, Engdahl B (2010) The psychospiritual impact of disaster: An overview. In Brenner G, Bush D & Moses J (eds) Creating Spiritual and Psychological Resilience; Integrating Care in Disaster Relief Work. New York: Routledge
  • Harris J, Erbes C, Engdahl B, Tedeschi R, Olson R, Winskowski A, & McMahill J (2010). Coping functions of prayer and posttraumatic growth. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 20, 26-38
  • Erbes C, Westermeyer J, Engdahl B, Johnsen E, (2007). PTSD and service utilization in a sample of Iraq and Afghanistan returnees. Military Medicine, 172(4), 359-363


Updated March 31, 2016