Debra Kaysen, Ph.D., ABPP - Co-Principal Investigator

Debra Kaysen, Ph.D., ABPP - Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Kaysen is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department. Dr. Kaysen has worked in community settings on helping people who have experienced trauma recovery for over 10 years. She works on increasing access to effective treatments for people who have experienced trauma and could benefit from care but who currently do not receive it. She is a national trainer in Cognitive Processing Therapy, a therapy for PTSD that is proven to work. Dr. Kaysen deeply values all the participants who have stepped forward to help prevent and treat PTSD and addiction in future generations.


Tracy Simpson, Ph.D. - Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Simpson has worked as a psychologist at the VA Puget Sound for over 15 years serving women and men veterans with complex trauma histories, many of whom struggle with addictions. Over the years she has worked with other researchers and clinicians to try and identify the best ways to help people overcome their traumas so that they can live the lives they want. Dr. Simpson is committed to finding and evaluating effective and “user-friendly” ways of treating trauma and addiction and is grateful to the many individual clients who have assisted with this work by participating in her studies and those of other researchers.


Sruti Desai - Research Coordinator

Sruti Desai is a Research Study Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington.  She has 10 years
of experience coordinating federally funded research studies in the area of
harm reduction and has worked with a number of investigators evaluating
treatments for substance use and trauma.  She is deeply inspired by the
positive impact that these therapies can have on people's lives.

Marti Hickey, MSW, LICSW – Study Therapist

Marti Hickey works as a research therapist and research coordinator for the APT study at the VA location.  Having received an MSW from the University of Washington in 1998, Marti is passionate about the practice of social work and brings more than 20 years of varied experience in community based and research settings. She is guided by compassion, authenticity and humor as she assists study participants in the rewarding process of change.



Jordan Royal, MSW, LICSW – Study Therapist

Ms. Royal is a study therapist at the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (HCSATS). She has worked in the field of social work since 1999. She has been providing evidenced-based trauma treatment to adults, children, and families at HCSATS since 2008.  In addition, Ms. Royal is a nationally certified trainer of Cognitive Processing Therapy. Her clinical approach is highly collaborative and active, and she tailors the therapeutic tools to meet her client’s needs. Viewing each individual as resilient, she strives to ensure compassionate care in the path toward meeting the treatment goals.