Michele A. Bedard-Gilligan Ph.D., M.S.

Michele A. Bedard-Gilligan Ph.D., M.S.

Specialties and Expertise

Behavioral Health Care, Psychology




Dr. Bedard-Gilligan is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Washington. She is involved in several research projects that are funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Her research is applied in nature and predominantly focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with specific emphases on the co-occurrence of PTSD and substance use disorders and on mechanisms of treatment and recovery. She has presented her research at national conferences and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.

She also maintains an active clinical practice specializing in using empirically supported treatments for PTSD and other anxiety disorders at the University of Washington Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and at the Center for Pain Relief.

Additionally, Dr. Bedard-Gilligan is involved in training and supervising psychology graduate students, psychology residents, and psychiatry residents in the use of empirically supported cognitive behavioral treatments.

Patient Care Philosophy

I highly value providing empirically supported care to my patients and generally use short term evidence based intervention approaches. I am a cognitive behavioral therapist and believe that by identifying and altering unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving individuals can improve emotional experiencing. My work with patients is highly collaborative. I work with my patients to establish mutual goals for therapy and choose effective treatment strategies to decrease symptoms and improve quality of life.

Personal Interests

My outside interests include cooking, traveling, reading (mostly fiction), and spending time with my family

Clinical Interests

Anxiety disorders; adjustment disorders; depressive disorders; domestic violence; health risk behaviors; obsessive compulsive and related disorders; pain (including chronic pain); panic disorder; personality disorders; phobias; postpartum depression; stress related disorders; substance-related and addictive disorders; suicide; trauma; PTSD; disasters; anxiety disorders; stress related disorders; trauma.

Research Interests

Anxiety disorders; stress related disorders; trauma; PTSD; disasters; substance-related and addictive disorders.

Univ. of WashingtonMedical educationPsychology2009
Univ. of WashingtonMasterPsychology2006
Univ. of Washington, Psychology InternshipInternshipAdult Clinical Psychology
UW - Dept. of PsychologyFellowshipClinical Psychology

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