Rachel Shor


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Research Interests:
Dr. Shor’s research interest focuses on enhancing help-seeking effectiveness and developing more personalized interventions to meet the complex needs of trauma-exposed populations.


Northwestern University, B.S. - Education and Social Policy
Arcadia University, M.A. - Counseling Psychology
George Mason University, Ph.D. - Clinical Psychology
National Center for PTSD Women's Health Sciences Division, Clinical Research Fellowship


Rachel Shor, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the USU, a Research Psychologist at the CSTS, and a Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Shor’s program of research has focused on psychological and behavioral responses to trauma among diverse populations that have historically had more difficulty engaging with or benefiting from treatment, including trauma-survivors with co-occurring mental and physical health conditions. She has experience in clinical and epidemiological research on the psychological effects of traumatic events, with a special focus on military trauma. Her publications focus on mental and behavioral health among trauma-exposed populations and help-seeking effectiveness. She is also an investigator on the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers Study (Army STARRS/STARRS-LS), the largest epidemiological mental health study ever conducted in the U.S. military, which focuses on risk and protective factors for suicidal behaviors. Dr. Shor has successfully collaborated with fellow researchers, including psychologists, psychiatrists, epidemiologists, and statisticians, both at CSTS and USU, and partnering organizations. She is licensed in Massachusetts as a Clinical Psychologist and has extensive experience in promoting evidence-based, patient-centered treatments that emphasize strengths, resilience, and empowerment, as well as implementing trauma-focused treatments and multidisciplinary intervention.

Representative Bibliography

Bartoli, E., Michael, A., Bentley-Edwards, K., Stevenson, H., Shor, R., & McClain, S. (2016). Training for colorblindness: White racial socialization. Whiteness and Education, 1(2), 125-136. https://doi.org/10.1080/23793406.2016.1260634

Shor, R., Cattaneo, L., & Calton, J. (2017). Pathways of transformational service-learning: exploring the relationships between context, disorienting dilemmas, and student response. Journal of Transformative Education, 15(2), 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541344616689044

Grossman, J., Shor, R., Schaefer, K. & Cattaneo, L.B. (2018). Development of a Tool to Assess Survivor-Centered Practice on a Domestic Violence Hotline. Journal of Social Work, 0(0), 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468017318757395

Shor, R., Cattaneo, L. B., & Calton, J. (2018). The Development of the Systems and Individual Responsibility for Poverty (SIRP) Scale. Journal of Community Psychology, 46(8). https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22088

Cattaneo, L.B., Chan, W.Y, Shor, R., Gebhard, K.T., Elshabassi, N.E. (2019). Elaborating the connection between social class and classism. American Journal of Community Psychology, 63, 476-486. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12322

Shor, R.., Cattaneo, L.B., & Alexander, L. (2019). Assessing Implicit and Explicit Attitudes About Classism. Journal of Poverty, 23, 487-504. https://doi.org/10.1080/10875549.2019.1616035

Shor, R., Lee, D. J., Thompson-Hollands, J., & Sloan, D. M. (2021). Psychometric properties of the Posttraumatic Avoidance Behaviour Questionnaire among a treatment seeking adult sample. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0001060

Arditte Hall, K. A., DeLane, S. E., Anderson, G. M., Lago, T. R., Shor, R., Wang, W., Rasmusson, A. M., & Pineles, S. L. (2021). Plasma gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in trauma-exposed women: A preliminary report. Psychopharmacology.

Shor, R., Borowski, S., Zelkowitz, R. L., Pineles, S. L., Copeland, L. A., Finley, E. P., Perkins, D. F., & Vogt, D. (2022). The transition to civilian life: Impact of comorbid PTSD, chronic pain, and sleep disturbance on veterans’ social functioning and suicidal ideation. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0001271

Pineles, S. L., Pandey, S., Shor, R., Abi-Raad, R., Kimble, M. O. & Orr, S. P. (2023). “Loudness Dependence of Auditory Evoked Potentials (LDAEP): A promising pre-treatment predictor of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) response.” In G. Pinna (Ed.), Translational Methods in PTSD. New York: Springer Nature.