Alisa B. Miller, PhD research interests include the effects of traumatic events, identity development, and family cohesion/conflict on refugee and immigrant functioning in family and community settings. Dr. Miller is also interested in health health equity among refugee and immigrant groups through the development and dissemination of culturally appropriate evidence based practices as well as the overall health and well-being of all youth in our society.


Alisa Miller, PhD is a staff psychologist and research associate at the Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), an Assistant in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at BCH and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Miller received her PhD at the University of Boston under the mentorship of Drs. B. Heidi Ellis and Leslie Brody. She completed postdoctoral training at the National Center for PTSD's Behavioral Science Division at VA Boston Healthcare System.


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  1. Ellis BH, Decker SH, Abdi SM, Miller AB, Barrett C, Lincoln AK. A Qualitative Examination of How Somali Young Adults Think About and Understand Violence in Their Communities. J Interpers Violence. 2020 May 13; 886260520918569. View abstract
  2. Brown RC, Nugent NR, Hawn SE, Koenen KC, Miller A, Amstadter AB, Saxe G. Predicting the Transition From Acute Stress Disorder to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children With Severe Injuries. J Pediatr Health Care. 2016 Nov - Dec; 30(6):558-568. View abstract
  3. Ellis BH, Lankau EW, Ao T, Benson MA, Miller AB, Shetty S, Lopes Cardozo B, Geltman PL, Cochran J. Understanding Bhutanese refugee suicide through the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2015 Jan; 85(1):43-55. View abstract
  4. Ellis BH, Miller AB, Abdi S, Barrett C, Blood EA, Betancourt TS. Multi-tier mental health program for refugee youth. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2013 Feb; 81(1):129-40. View abstract
  5. Darghouth S, Nakash O, Miller A, Alegría M. Assessment of co-occurring depression and substance use in an ethnically diverse patient sample during behavioral health intake interviews. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Sep; 125 Suppl 1:S51-8. View abstract
  6. Rosen DC, Miller AB, Nakash O, Halpern L, Halperin L, Alegría M. Interpersonal complementarity in the mental health intake: a mixed-methods study. J Couns Psychol. 2012 Apr; 59(2):185-96. View abstract
  7. Amstadter AB, Nugent NR, Yang BZ, Miller A, Siburian R, Moorjani P, Haddad S, Basu A, Fagerness J, Saxe G, Smoller JW, Koenen KC. Corticotrophin-releasing hormone type 1 receptor gene (CRHR1) variants predict posttraumatic stress disorder onset and course in pediatric injury patients. Dis Markers. 2011; 30(2-3):89-99. View abstract
  8. Miller A, Enlow MB, Reich W, Saxe G. A diagnostic interview for acute stress disorder for children and adolescents. J Trauma Stress. 2009 Dec; 22(6):549-56. View abstract
  9. Saxe G, Geary M, Bedard K, Bosquet M, Miller A, Koenen K, Stoddard F, Moulton S. Separation anxiety as a mediator between acute morphine administration and PTSD symptoms in injured children. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Jul; 1071:41-5. View abstract
  10. Miller AB, Cross T. Ethnicity in child maltreatment research: a replication of Behl et al.'s content analysis. Child Maltreat. 2006 Feb; 11(1):16-26. View abstract
  11. Saxe GN, Miller A, Bartholomew D, Hall E, Lopez C, Kaplow J, Koenen KC, Bosquet M, Allee L, Erikson I, Moulton S. Incidence of and risk factors for acute stress disorder in children with injuries. J Trauma. 2005 Oct; 59(4):946-53. View abstract