Anka Vujanovic, Ph.D.
Anka Vujanovic, Ph.D., is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences for the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. Since 2020, she has been a part of the Healthy Connections Household Centered Care Program as the behavioral health consultant lead for community engagement teams. She is responsible for building relationships and trust to improve health and health care access for members.
Vujanovic also serves as the director of graduate education and the director of the Trauma and Stress Studies Center in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. In her research program, she focuses on understanding the complexity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and some of its most prevalent and high-risk correlates, including substance use disorders (SUD) and suicide risk, through the study of underlying psychological mechanisms relevant to treatment development. She has utilized various methodological approaches including clinical trials, longitudinal methods, health service research, and experimental laboratory paradigms.
Her research interests include etiological and maintenance processes relevant to PTSD, clinical correlates of trauma and PTSD, biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying co-occurring posttraumatic stress and substance use, clinical correlates of suicide risk among trauma-exposed populations, and treatment development for PTSD and co-occurring conditions.
Vujanovic also is an associate editor for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness. She has been an author on over 190 publications including journal articles, books, and book chapters. She serves on the editorial boards of seven additional journals including Contemporary Clinical Trials and Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont and earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Middlebury College. Vujanovic completed a clinical psychology internship program at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium.