Shona N. Vas, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Director, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program
Associate Director, Psychology Training

5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 3077, A312
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-702-1517
Patient Calls: 773-702-3858
Fax: 773-702-6454

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, 2001
  • Internship, Advocate North Side Health Network, 2000-01
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Advocate IL Masonic Behavioral Health Services, 2001-02
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, IL & IN.

Clinical Interests

  • Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT)
  • Anxiety & Mood disorders
  • Couples therapy
  • Women’s health
  • Cultural competence
  • Training & supervision

Research Interests

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Women’s health (Reproductive endocrinology & infertility)
  • Stress & coping

Teaching

  • Director, Introduction to CBT, PGY-II curriculum
  • Director, Advanced CBT, PGY-III curriculum
  • Director, Professional Issues, Psychology internship
  • Director, The University of Chicago CBT Clinic, Psychology Externship
  • Lecturer, MS-3 clerkship, Pritzker School of Medicine

Society Memberships

  • Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)

Selected Publications

  • Zechmeister, J. S., Garcia, F., Romero, C., & Vas, S. N. (2004).  Don’t apologize unless you mean it: An empirical investigation of determinants of forgiveness.  Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 23, 532-564.
  • Vas, S. N. (2002).  Expressive writing about interpersonal offenses:  Effects on forgiveness and health.  Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 63, 3028.

Selected Conferences & Presentations

  • Grathouse, H., Vas, S. N. & Stephenson, M. (2008).  A preliminary analysis of psychological distress and coping with recurrent pregnancy loss.
  • Vas, S. N. & Zechmeister, J.S. (2002, August).  Expressive writing about interpersonal offenses:  Effects on forgiveness and health.  Poster presented at the 110th Annual National Convention of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Garcia, F., Zechmeister, J. S., & Vas, S. N. (2000, May).  Forgiveness and retaliation following an interpersonal offense:  A laboratory investigation of arousal, harm, and apology.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Zechmeister, J. S., Vas, S. N., & Garcia, F. (1999, October).  The relationships among arousal, empathy and forgiveness.  Informal presentation at the Symposium for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Boston, MA.
  • Vas, S. N., & Catanzaro, S. J. (1998, May).  Using the tripartite model to understand the relations of anxious and depressive symptoms with coping strategies.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Other Activities

  • Invited lectures at Loyola University Chicago, Southlake Center for Mental Health, Merrillville, IN, Argosy University, Chicago Campus & Sion Medical College, Mumbai, IN.
  • University of Chicago, Wellness Committee, Pritzker School of Medicine.
  • Community Health, Volunteer Psychologist & Consultant to Social Services Program.