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Rebecca Blais

Rebecca Blais

Associate Department Head - Associate Professor - Combined Clinical/Counseling Program

Contact Information

Office Location: SCCE 422
IconEmail: rebecca.blais@usu.edu

Biography

I am an Associate Professor in Psychology. I earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Utah and completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at VA Puget Sound, Seattle Division. Prior to graduate school, I completed a BA in psychology at Connecticut College and completed a two-year research assistantship at Yale University. I am the principle investigator of the Military Social Science Lab.

My work is focused on military service members/veterans and trauma. Within this program of research, I have three main foci: understanding (1) the impact of military sexual trauma (MST) on sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction in veterans, (2) mechanisms of distress among trauma-exposed veterans, and (3) the association of MST with individual outcomes, including suicide risk and risk for mental health comorbidities. My work is supported by grants from the Society for Military Psychology (Division 19; APA), Utah State University, and the National Institute of Mental Health. I have authored many papers that have been published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Traumatic Stress, Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Family Psychology, Military Psychology, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 

I also have extensive clinical experience providing cognitive behavioral therapy, couples’ therapy, sex therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy. I have performed clinical services in a variety of settings including VA medical centers, university settings, inpatient hospitals, department clinics, and community clinics. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and offers individual and couples' psychotherapy in Logan, UT.  As of April 2019, I am not currently accepting clients.

In my spare time, I ski, cycle, camp, hike, and garden. I am originally from Vermont, but can't bring myself to pack myskis on trips back east to ski on those small, icy hills.

My lab is accepting doctoral students for the academic year 2020-2021. Competitive students will have research experience and a desire to pursue studies related to military psychology.

Mentoring/Advising Style

I take a goal-directed developmental approach to mentoring.  When a student arrives in my laboratory, we meet to determine individual goals and identify what resources are needed to help that individual successfully reach those goals.  In the beginning of training, I am heavily involved in the learning process, working with the student to develop more independence over the course of their education.

Toward that end, I meet with students weekly to discuss progress and questions, I hold bimonthly laboratory meetings, and develop a scaffolding approach where more senior graduate students can become active in assisting newer students with their stated goals.  Sometimes this takes the form of manuscript review, oral review feedback, and brief teaching (e.g., structured statistical lesson).

Student who excel in my laboratory are naturally inquisitive, open and receptive to feedback, and team players.  The Military Social Science Laboratory is a collaborative, non-competitive environment for students to learn more about how we can support our military community from a psychological perspective.

Collaborative Researchers