photo of Lisa JamesLisa James, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Anita Kunin Professor of Healthy Brain Aging

Director, Brain Resilience Initiative


PTSD, resilience, personality, aging


MS/PhD Clinical Psychology, Florida State University

BS   Psychology/Women’s Studies, Boston University

Publications :

  • Mattson E, James L, Engdahl B (in press) Personality factors and their impact on PTSD and Post Traumatic Growth is mediated by coping style among OIF/OEF veterans. Military Medicine.
  • James L, Christova P, Engdahl B, Lewis S, Carpenter A, Georgopoulos A (2017) Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) and Gulf War Illness (GWI): HLA protein DRB1*13:02 spares subcortical atrophy in Gulf War veterans. E-BioMedicine. December, 126-131
  • Georgopoulos A, James L, Carpenter A, Engdahl B, Leuthold A, Lewis S. (2017) Gulf War Illness (GWI) as a neuroimmune disease. Experimental Brain Research. 235(10), 3217-3225
  • Georgopoulos A, Christova P, James L, Engdahl B, Carpenter A, Lewis S. (2017) Subcortical brain atrophy in Gulf War Illness. Experimental Brain Research. 235(9), 2777-2786
  • PDF - James LM, Engdahl BE, Georgopoulos, AP (2017). Apolipoprotein E: the resilience gene. Experimental Brain Research. Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1007/s00221-017-4941-4
  • PDF - Neural network decorrelation for healthy brain aging. James, L (2016) Society for Neuroscience
  • PDF - Nutrition and healthy brain functioning across the lifespan. James, L (2016) Society for Neuroscience
  • PDF - James, L. M., Engdahl, B.E., Leuthold, A.C., & Georgopoulos, A. P. (2016). Brain Correlates of Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) Protection in Gulf War Illness (GWI). EBioMedicine, epub ahead of print.
  • PDF - Engdahl B.E., James, L.M., Miller, R.D., Leuthold A.C., Lewis, S.M., Carpenter, A.F., & Georgopoulos, A.P. (2016). A magnetoencephalographic (MEG) study of Gulf War Illness (GWI). EBioMedicine, epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2016.08.030.
  • PDF - Georgopoulos A.P., James, L.M., Mahan, M. Y., Joseph, J., Georgopoulos, A. & Engdahl, B.E. (2016). Reduced human leukocyte antigen (HLA) protection in Gulf War Illness. EBioMedicine, 3, 79-85.
  • PDF - James, L.M., Engdahl, B. E., Leuthold, A, Krueger, R. F., & Georgopoulos, A. P. (2015). Pathological personality traits modulate neural interactions. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 3543-3552
  • Christova, P., James, L.M., Engdahl, B. E., Lewis, S., Georgopoulos, A. P. (2015) Diagnosis of posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) based on correlations of prewhitened fMRI data. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 2695-2705.
  • James, L. M., Anders, S. A., Peterson, C., Engdahl, B. E., Krueger, R. F., & Georgopoulos, A. P. (2015). DSM-5 personality traits discriminate between posttraumatic stress disorder and control groups. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 2021-2028
  • Anders, S. A., Peterson, C., James, L. M., Engdahl, B. E., Leuthold, A., Georgopoulos, A. P. (2015). Neural Communication in Posttraumatic Growth: Differences between Veterans with PTSD and Resilient Controls. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 2013-2020
  • James, L.M., Belitskaya, I., Liu, Y, Wang, H, Leuthold, A. Engdahl, B.E., Georgopoulos, A. P. (2015). Development and application of a diagnostic algorithm for posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 231, 1-7.
  • Frankfurt, S., Anders, S. A., James, L. M., Engdahl, B. E., Winskowski, A. M. (2015). Evaluating the Dimensionality of PTSD in a Sample of OIF/OEF Veterans. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 7, 430-436
  • Peterson, C., James, L. M., Anders, S. A., Engdahl, B. E., Georgopoulos, A. P. (2015). The number of cysteine residues per mole in apolipoprotein E is associated with the severity of PTSD re-experiencing symptoms. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 27, 151-161
  • James, L.M., Strom T. Q., & Leskela, J. (2014). Risk-taking behaviors and impulsivity among veterans with and without PTSD and mTBI. Military Medicine, 179, 357-363.
  • James, L. M., Mathias, C. W., Bray, B. C., Cates, S. E., Farris, S. J., Dawes, M. A., Hill-Kapturczak, N., and Dougherty, D. M. (2013). Acquisition of rater agreement for the Stressful Life Events Schedule. Journal of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 1:124, 1-5/li>
  • James, L. M., Van Kampen, E., Miller RD, & Engdahl, B. E. (2013). Risk and Protective Factors Associated With Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress, Depression, and Alcohol Misuse in OEF/OIF Veterans. Military Medicine. 178, 159-165.
  • James, L. M., Engdahl, B. E., Lewis, S., Leuthold, A., Van Kampen, E., & Georgopoulos, A.P. (2013). Differences in Neural Modulation by trauma in Veterans with PTSD and Resilient Controls. Archives of General Psychiatry, 70, 410-418.
  • Strom, T. Q., Leskela, J. A., James, L. M., Thuras, P., Voller, E., Weigel, R., Yutsis, M., Khaylis, A., Lindberg, J., & Bolton-Holz, K. (2012). An Exploratory Examination of Risk Taking Behavior and PTSD Symptom Severity in a Veteran Sample. Military Medicine, 177, 390-396.
  • Mathias, C. W., Dougherty, D. M., James, L. M., Acheson, A., Richard, D. M., & Dawes, M.A. (2011). Impulsivity and clinical symptoms among girls with repeated suicide attempts. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 41, 277-286.
  • Van Orden, K. A., Gordon, K. H., Counts-Allan, C., James, L. M., Schmeelk, K. & Joiner, T. E. (2011). Self-Control Regulation Interpersonal Psychotherapy: a SCRIPT for beginning therapists in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 4, 323-337.
  • Dougherty, D. M., Richard, D. M, James, L. M., & Mathias, C. W. (2010). The effects of acute tryptophan depletion on multiple behavioral measures of impulsivity. International Journal of Tryptophan Research, 3, 99-111.
  • Reeves, M. D., James, L. M., Pizzarello, S., & Taylor, J. (2010). Support for Linehan's biosocial theory from a non-clinical sample. Journal of Personality Disorders, 24, 312-326.
  • Taylor, J. & James, L. M. (2009). Evidence for a putative biomarker specific to substance dependence. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 491-499.
  • Taylor, J., James, L. M., Reeves, M. D., & Kistner, J. (2009). Borderline personality is associated with poor clinical and psychosocial functioning in male juvenile offenders. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 31, 94-103.
  • Taylor, J., James, L. M., Bobadilla, L. & Reeves, M. D. (2008). Screening for substance use disorder and personality disorder cases in a college population: Performance of the SMAST, DAST, SCID-II-Q, and PDQ-4. Psychological Assessment, 20, 351-360.
  • James, L. M. & Taylor, J. (2008). Revisiting the structure of mental disorder: Borderline personality disorder and the internalizing/externalizing spectra. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 47, 361-380.
  • Van Orden, K. A., Witte, T. K., James, L. M., Castro, Y., Gordon, K. H., Braithwaite, S. R., Hollar, D. L., & Joiner, T. E., Jr. (2008). Suicidal ideation in college students varies across semesters: The mediating role of belongingness. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 38, 427-435.
  • James, L. M. & Taylor, J. (2008). Associations between symptoms of borderline personality disorder, externalizing disorders, and suicide-related behaviors. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 30, 1-9.
  • James, L. M. & Taylor, J. (2007). Impulsivity and negative emotionality associated with substance use problems and cluster B personality in college students. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 714-727.
  • Taylor, J., James, L., Reeves, M., & Bobadilla, L. (2006). The Florida State Twin Registry: Research aims and design. Twin Research and Human Genetics, 9, 958-962.
  • Taylor, J., Reeves, M., James, L. M., & Bobadilla, L. (2006). Disinhibitory trait profile and its relation to Cluster B personality disorder features and substance use problems. European Journal of Personality, 20, 271-284.


Updated December 22, 2017