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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

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;
  • Ford, JD; Grasso, DJ; Elhai, JD; Courtois, CA Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Second Edition: Scientific and Professional Dimensions

Book Chapters

  • Trauma- and stressor-related disorders: biological factors
    Grasso, D The sage encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology 2017 Jan;3594-3596
  • Trauma- and stressor-related disorders: risk for
    Grasso, D The sage encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology 2017 Jan;3626-3628
  • Exposure Therapy: Mechanisms and Applications
    Grasso, D CME to Go: Psychiatry Series III 2016 Jan;
  • Emotion regulation in the wake of childhood complex trauma
    Greene, C.A. Grasso, D. Ford, J.D. Helping Children Cope with Trauma 2014 Jan;
  • Adolescent Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders
    Grasso, D CME to Go: Psychiatry Series III 2013 Jan;
  • Cumulative Trauma in Childhood
    Greene, C; Grasso, D; Ford, J Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models 2013 Jan;79-99
  • 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 role 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;