“It is an honor and privilege to be elected to fellow status of APA’s Division 56, not only to be recognized by APA, but especially because it is a recognition from my peers who are fellows within the division and share a common passion to advance the field of trauma,” Morissette said.
Since completing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology, Morissette has conducted important research related to trauma, anxiety disorders and other commonly co-occurring conditions. She has received funding from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health, and has published over 100 scientific articles.
“I am personally proud of Dr. Morissette for having been named an APA Trauma Psychology Fellow as it is a quite prestigious recognition,” said Lynne Cossman, dean of the College for Health, Community and Policy. “We—as a college—are also proud to have her and her expertise on trauma psychology, particularly associated with veterans’ experiences, at UTSA and in Military City USA.”
During nearly two decades working for the VA, Morissette developed and directed the first cognitive-behavioral anxiety disorders clinic at VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS), established a new primary care behavioral health program at VABHS, and contributed to the development of a congressionally-mandated research center for returning post-9/11 veterans in Waco, Texas.
“Notably, Texas has a vast shortage of clinical psychologists, and Waco is an area of particularly high need, neighboring Fort Hood, the third-largest military base in the world,” Morissette explained. In Waco, among other accomplishments, she established