Melissa Polusny, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Melissa Polusny

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-467-3965

Fax 612-725-2292

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada-Reno - Department of Psychology (APA accredited), 1998

BA, Psychology, College of St. Thomas, 1990

Internship, Clinical Psychology, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, 1996 - 1997


Professional Associations

  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • American Psychological Association
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies


Research Summary/Interests

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Risk and Resilience
  • Trajectories of posttraumatic psychopathology and adjustment
  • Longitudinal methods
  • Cognitive behavioral interventions


Teaching Areas

Dr. Polusny is a staff clinical psychologist at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and a Core Investigator in the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (CCDOR), a VA Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence. She is a national trainer and consultant for the Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to disseminate Prolonged Exposure therapy, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD. She serves as primary mentor to two investigators funded by VA HSR&D Career Development Awards. Additionally, she provides training to psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System.


Clinical Interests

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Prolonged Exposure Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy