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Toronto Metropolitan University

Dr. Candice M. Monson, C.Psych.

EducationPhD, University of Nebraska
Phone416-979-5000 ext. 556209
Areas of Expertisetrauma recovery; PTSD; intimate relationships; cognitive-behavioural therapy; couple therapy; clinical trials


Candice M. Monson, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON. Dr. Monson is one of the foremost experts on traumatic stress and the use of individual and conjoint therapies to treat PTSD. She has published extensively on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of PTSD treatments more generally. She has been funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Defense, and Canadian Institutes of Health for her research on interpersonal factors in traumatization and individual- and conjoint-based interventions for PTSD. She is a Fellow of both the American and Canadian Psychological Associations, and received the Canadian Psychological Association Traumatic Stress Section’s Trauma Psychologist of the Year Award in 2013 and the Sarwan Sahota Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award for outstanding contribution to knowledge or artistic creativity in 2014. Dr. Monson is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Monson has co-authored 5 books, including the treatment manuals Cognitive Processing Therapy: Veteran/Military Version and Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications and chapters. Dr. Monson is well-known for her efforts in training clinicians in evidence-based assessments and interventions for PTSD.


Selected Publications


        O’Donnell M.L, Lau, W., Fredrickson, J., Bryant, R.A., Bisson, J., Burke, S., Busuttil, W., Coghlan, A., Creamer, M. , Gray, D., Greenberg, N., McDermott, B., McFarlane, A.C., Monson, C. M., Phelps, A., Ruzek, J.I, Schnurr, P.P., Ugsang, J., Watson, P., Whitton, S., Williams, R., Cowlishaw, S., and Forbes, D. (in press). An open label pilot study of a brief psychosocial intervention for disaster and trauma survivors. Frontiers of Psychiatry.

          Moring, J.C., Dondanville, K.A., Fina, B.A., Hassija, C., Chard, K., Monson, C. M., LoSavio, S.T., Wells, S.Y., Morland, L.A., Kaysen, D., Galovski, T.E., & Resick, P.A. (in press). Cognitive processing therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder via telehealth: Practical considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Traumatic Stress. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/jts.22544

        Liebman, R. E., Whitfield, K., Sijercic, I., Ennis, N., & Monson, C. M. (in press). Harnessing the healing power of relationships in trauma recovery: A review of Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD. Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry.

         Lord, K. A., Suvak, M. K.Holmes, S., Shields, N., Lane, J. E. M., Sijercic, I., Wagner, A. C., Wiltsey Stirman, S., & Monson, C. M. (2020). Bidirectional relationships between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social functioning during Cognitive Processing Therapy. Behavior Therapy, 51(3), 447-460. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2019.08.002

         Ennis, N., Shorer, S., Shoval-Zuckerman, Y., Freedman, S., Monson, C. M., & Dekel, R. (2019). Treating posttraumatic stress disorder across cultures: A systematic review of cultural adaptations of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapies. Journal of Clinical Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/jclp.22909           

              Sijercic, I., Ennis, N., & Monson, C. M. (2019). A systematic review of cognitive and behavioral treatments for individuals with psoriasis. Journal of Dermatological Treatment. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/09546634.2019.1690625 (external link) 

            Fredman, S. J., Macdonald, A., Monson, C. M., Dondanville, K. A., Blount, T. H., Hall-Clark, B. N., Fina, B. A., Mintz, J., Litz, B. T., Young-McCaughan, S., Hancock, A. K., Rhoades, G. K., Yarvis, J. S., Resick, P.A., Roache, J. D., Le, Y., Wachen, J. S., Niles, B. L., McGeary, C. A., Keane, T. M., & Peterson, A. L. for the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (2019). Intensive multi-couple group therapy for PTSD: A non-randomized pilot study with military and veteran dyads. Behavior Therapy. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2019.10.003

          Holmes, S., Johnson, C., Suvak, M., Sijercic, I., Monson, C. M.*, Wiltsey Stirman, S.* (2019). Examining patterns of dose response for clients who do and do not complete cognitive processing therapy. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 68. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2019.102120

          Sijercic, I., Lane, J. E. M., Gutner, C. A., Monson, C. M., & Wiltsey Stirman, S. (2019). The association between clinician and perceived organizational factors with early fidelity to cognitive processing therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder in a randomized controlled implementation trial. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 47, 8-18. doi:10.1007/s10488-019-00966-7

    Wagner, A. C., Mithoefer, M. C., Mithoefer, A. T., & Monson, C. M. (2019). Combining cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for PTSD with 3,4-Methylenediox[1]ymethamphetamine (MDMA): A case example. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 51(2), 166-173. doi:10.1080/02791072.2019.1589028

    Morland, L., A., Macdonald, A., Grubbs, K. M., Mackintosh, M., Monson, C. M., Glassman, L., Becker, J., Sautter, F., Buzzella, B., Wrape, E., Wells, S. Y., Rooney, B. M., & Glynn, S. (2019). Design of a randomized superiority trial of a brief couple’s treatment for PTSD. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 15. doi:10.1016/j.conctc.2019.100369

     Bisson, L. I., Berliner, L., Cloitre, M., Forbes, D., Jensen, T., Lewis, C., Monson, CM.,Olff, M., Pilling, S., Riggs, D., Roberts, N. P., & Shapiro, F. (2019). The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies new guidelines for the prevention and treatment of PTSD: Methodology and development process. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 32(4), 475-483. doi:10.1002/jts.22421

    Blais, R. K., Monson, C. M., Livingston, W. S., & Maguen, S. (2019). The association of disordered eating and sexual health with relationship satisfaction in female service members/veterans. Journal of Family Psychology, 33(2), 176-182. doi:10.1037/fam0000493

    Fitzpatrick, S., Wagner, A., & Monson, C. M. (2019). Optimizing borderline personality disorder treatment by incorporating significant others: A review and synthesis. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 10(4), 297-308. doi:10.1037/per0000328

     McGeary, C. A., McGeary, D. D., Shah, D. V., Nagpal, A., Peterson, A. L., Monson, C. M., & Blount, T. H. (2018). Conjoint Therapy for the treatment of chronic pain: A descriptive pilot study of couples’ needs. Clinical Medicine Review. doi:10.31296/cmr.3

     Ennis, N., Sijercic, I., & Monson, C. M. (2018). Internet-delivered early interventions for individuals exposed to traumatic events: Systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research20(11). doi:10.2196/jmir.9795

     Monson C, M., Chard, K. M., Morland, L. A. (2018). Written exposure therapy vs cognitive processing therapy. JAMA Psychiatry75(7), 757–758. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.0810



Resick, P. A., Monson, C. M., & Chard, K. (in press). Cognitive processing therapy: A comprehensive manual. New York, NY: Guilford.

Monson, C. M., & Fredman, S. J. (2015). Cognitive-behavioral couple therapy for PTSD. In A. Gurman, J. Lebow, & D. K. Snyder (Eds.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy (pp. 531-554). New York, NY: Guilford.

Monson, C. M., Resick, P. A., & Rizvi, S. L. (2014). Posttraumatic stress disorder. In D. H. Barlow (Ed.), Clinical handbook of psychological disorders (5th ed.). New York, NY: Guilford.      

Monson, C. M. & Shnaider, P. (2014). Treating PTSD with cognitive-behavioral therapies: Interventions that work. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Monson, C. M., & Fredman, S. J. (2012). Cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: Harnessing the healing power of relationships. New York, NY: Guilford.


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