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Damion J. Grasso, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1410
Phone: 860-679-6708
Fax: 860-679-1296
B.A.Skidmore CollegePsychology
M.A.Wesleyan UniversityGeneral Psychology
Ph.D.University of DelawareClinical Psychology

Post-Graduate Training
Three-day Training WorkshopTrauma Affect Regulation Guidance and Education Training (TARGET): Certified Trainer: Judy Ford
One-day WorkshopCognitive Processing Therapy: 10-hour Web-based Training
Three-day Training WorkshopProlonged Exposure for PTSD: PE Certified Trainers: Drs. Sheila Rauch and Peter Tuerk
Two-day Workshop Stress, Depression, and Wellness Program. Certified Trainer: Dr. Adele Hayes
Three-day WorkshopTrauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: 10-hour Wweb-based Training, Follow-up Consultation. Certified Trainer: Dr. Esther Deblinger
Professional TrainingAllegheny Health NetworkTrauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification
InternshipFour Winds Psychiatric HospitalStudent Clinical Intern, Mentor(s): Oswalt, R., Ph.D. Undergraduate Clinical Internship. Assisted in Psychodrama, Art, Family, Group, and Individual Therapy Sessions in Child, Pre-adolescent, and Adolescent Units. Developed Therapeutic Activity Worksheets. Assisted with Academic Tutoring. Facilitated Therapeutic Recreation.
InternshipYale University School of MedicineResearch Internship, Mentor: Joan Kaufman, Ph.D.
InternshipMedical University of South CarolinaPredoctoral Internship, Mentor: Benjamin Saunders, Ph.D.
FellowshipUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicinePostdoctoral Fellow, Mentor: Julian Ford, Ph.D.

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
NARSAD Young Investigator AwardBrain and Behavior Research Foundation
Patterson Trust Fellowship AwardPatterson Trust
First 100 PlusConnecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Pre-K Scholarship AwardConnecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Fellowship HealthEmotions Research Institute Symposium
Pro-Humanitate AwardNorth American Resource Center for Child Welfare
Edward Zigler Research ScholarshipNational Head Start Association
Drake Community Service AwardSkidmore College
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of ChildrenProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2017
NIH Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress and Health Study Section (MESH)Study SectionInvited ReviewerExternalNational20172017
American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma WorkgroupAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalNational2017
State of Connecticut Advisory Council on Children and FamiliesAdvisory CommitteeMemberState2017
APA Society of Clinical Psychology Presidential Task ForceProfessional/Scientific OrganizationExternalNational2017
International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Website CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationAssociate Web EditorExternalInternational2017
Connecticut Legislative Task Force on the Impact of Child Exposure to Family ViolenceAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalState20152016
Connecticut Children's Center on Family ViolenceResearch CommitteeDirector, Research CoreExternalState2015
UConn School of Nursing Dissertation Committee (D'Agata)Education CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity20142015
International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Technology Task ForceAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalInternational20142015
APA Society of Clinical Psychology Distance Education CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2014
Providence College External Grant ReviewerProfessional/Scientific OrganizationExternal ReviewerExternalUniversity20132013
International Society of Traumatic Stress StudiesProfessional/Scientific OrganizationWebsite EditorExternalInternational20132017
Connecticut Youth Excellence ProjectCommunity ServiceDirectorExternalState2013
International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Data Infrastructure CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational20132015
APA Division 12 Society for Clinical Psychology Editorial BoardWeb EditorExternalNational2012
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) annual meeting conference submissions Workshop/ConferenceReviewerExternalInternational2012
American Psychological Association Dissertation AwardsAdvisory CommitteeReviewerExternalNational20122012
University of Connecticut Health Center Clinical Research Center AwardsAdvisory CommitteeReviewerUConn HealthUniversity20122012
Development and PsychopathologyProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational2012
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2009
Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12 Section III) Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2005
The Academy of Psychological Science Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2005
National Child Traumatic Stress Network Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2004
Society for Research in Child DevelopmentProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2003
Child Advocacy Network of Connecticut (CHANCE)Editorial BoardBoard MemberExternalState20032005
Addiction Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalNational
Alcohol: An International Biomedical JournalProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational
Anxiety. Stress. & Coping Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalNational
Biological Psychology Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalNational
BMC Public Health Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalNational
Child Abuse and Neglect Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalNational
Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalNational
Journal of Traumatic Stress Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerUConn HealthNational
PsychophysiologyProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalNational
Child MaltreatmentEditorial BoardConsulting EditorExternalNational

Journal Articles


  • Grasso, D. Trauma-Informed Treatment for Children: A Workbook/or Clinicians 2013 Jan;
  • Grasso, D, Joselow, B., Webb, C & Derr, G. Clinical workbook to facilitate Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children and Adolescents. 2009 Jan;

Book Chapters

  • Designing, implementing, and interpreting the randomized controlled trial
    Grasso, D. CME to Go: Psychiatry Series II. 2012 Jan;
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents
    Grasso, D. & Kaufman, J. Pediatric Anxiety Disorders: A Clinical Guide, Current Clincal Psychiatry Series. 2012 Jan;
  • Update on pharmacological and behavioral treatment of acute stress and posttraummic stress disorders
    Grasso, D. CME to Go: Psychiarty Series. 2011 Jan;
  • The roll of caregiver commitment in foster care: Insights from the This is My Baby Interview.
    Dozier, M., Grasso, D., & Lindhiem, O. Attachment Theory in Clinical Work with Children 2007 Jan;90-108


  • Computer-Assisted Structured Trauma-Related Experiences and Symptoms Screener (CASTRESS). Charleston, SC. (Computer software program)
    Grasso, D. 2012 Jan;
  • Likelihood of Diagnosis Index (LODI) software program. Pittsburgh, PA.
    Lindhiem, O. & Grasso, D. 2012 Jan;
  • Computer-Assisted UCLA PTSD Reaction Index (CA-UCLA) beta. Newark, DE. Computer software progam)
    Grasso, D. 2009 Jan;
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Violence Exposure and Associated Temper Loss in a Diverse Sample of Preschool Children. PosterAmerican Academy of Childhood Complex Trauma and Adult Dissociation2012
Association of Childhood Complex Trauma and Adult Dissociation with Complex PTSD Symptoms in an Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Sample.TalkInternational Traumatic Stress Studies, 28th Annual Meeting2012Los Angeles, CA
Early trauma exposure and stress sensitization in young children. Abstract for platform presentation.TalkInternational Traumatic Stress Studies (lSTSS) 28th Annual Meeting2012Los Angeles, CA
Empirical identification of poly-victims among justice-detained youth. TalkInternational Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) 28th Annual Meeting2012Los Angeles, CA
Randomized clinical trial of AITect Regulation versus Relational Therapy lor girls with PTSD involved in delinquency: daily self-report outcomesTalkInternational Traumatic Stress Studies (lSTSS) 28th Annual Meeting2012Los Angeles, CA
Trauma, dissociation and somatization in psychiatrically impaired youth.TalkInternational Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) 28th Annual Meeting2012Los Angeles, CA
Empirical identification of poly-victims among justice-detained youth.TalkInternational Traumatic Stress Studies (lSTSS) 28th Annual Meeting2012Los Angeles, CA
The relationship of depression risk and past trauma to the supportive behavior of caregivers co-participating in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral TherapyTalk24th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference2011Tampa, FL
Delaware's TF-CBT effectiveness studyTalk24th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference2011Tampa, FL
Electrophysiological and neurobiological correlates of foster mother infant bondingPosterSociety tor Psychophysiological Research2011Boston, MA
Changes in heart rate and non-specific skin conductance responses over the course of exposure therapy for childhood PTSDPosterSociety for Psychophysiological Research2011Boston, MA
Response monitoring in individuals with trauma-related stress symptomatology.PosterSociety for Psychophysiological Research2011Boston, MA
Electrophysiological correlates of childhood PTSD and Treatment outcomePosterBiennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development2011Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Building a consumer base for TF-CBT in a state system-or-careTalk24th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference2011Tampa, FL
Parents' engagement in trauma-related discussion with their childrenPosterBiennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development2009Denver, CO
Computer-assisted screening of child trauma and PTSDTalkDelaware Conference on Child Traumatic Stress2009Delaware, Dover
Using data to improve outcomes. TalkNational Child Traumatic Stress Network Annual meeting2009Orlando, FL
Therapeutic change processes in Trauma-Focused CBTTalkAssociation for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy 43rd Annual Convention2009New York, NY
Examining the effectiveness of Trauma-Focused CBT with children exposed to nonsexual trauma.TalkAssociation for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy 43rd Annual Convention2009New York, NY
Interpersonal correlates of avoidance, an inhibitor of change in youth with PTSD related to interpersonal traumaTalkAssociation for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy 43rd Annual Convention2009New York. NY
Electrophysiological abnonnalities in traumatized children with PTSDPosterSociety for Psychophysiological Research2009Berlin Germany
The relation between electrophysiological arousal and cognitive-emotional processing in children receiving Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral TherapyPosterSociety for Psychophysiological Research2009Berlin, Germany
Parental support predicts enhanced ERP positivity and attenuated startle ref1exes in college students viewing parent pictures. PosterSociety for Psychophysiological Research Annual Meeting2008Austin, TX
Tracking them down: Retention in longitudinal effectiveness researchTalkNational Child Traumatic Stress Network Regional Meeting2008Santa Fe, NM
Screening for child traumatic stress in children and adolescentsTalkDelaware Conference on Child Traumatic Stress2008Wilmington. DE
Integrating Trauma-Focused CBT into a state system of care: Breaking groundPosterAssociation for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy 41st annual convention2007Philadelphia, PA
Commitment in kinship caregivers. PosterBiennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development2007Boston, MA
Neural mechanisms of matemal motivation in humans: an ERP studyPosterBiennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development2007Boston, MA
Identifying child traumatic stress in childrcn and adolescentsTalkDelaware Conference on Child Traumatic Stress2007Wilmington. DE
Toward a trauma-informed juvenile justice system:practices and plans,developing a trauma-informed system in DelawareTalkDelaware Conference on Child Traumatic Stress2007Wilmington, DE
Social supports and serotonin transporter gene moderate depression in maltreated childrenTalkBiennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development2005Atlanta, GA
Olfactory sensitivity and transient mood in depressed and non-depressed men and womenPosterSociety for Bright Light Treatment Conference2002San Diego, CA
Testing alternative explanations for the misattribution biasPosterEastem Psychological Association Meetings2001Washington. DC.