Elisa Borah, PhD

Research Associate Professor; Associate Professor

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Elisa V. Borah is a research associate professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Borah conducts research around the development, testing and effective implementation of mental health treatments and social supports for adults and children. Her research focuses on improving mental health treatment access for transition-age youths through better client engagement.

With the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, she works to implement a state program to provide community-based health supports for adults with serious mental illness. Borah is also involved in research to identify effective programming and supports for military members, veterans, spouses and their families. She leads the Veteran Spouse Network, initially funded through an Engagement Award from the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute, to engage veteran spouses in defining programmatic and research needs to better support veteran families in Texas. She studies how peer support can improve veterans’ and veteran spouses’ quality of life and improve mental health. She formerly served as lead evaluator of Texas veterans’ mental health services, specifically examining the Texas Military Veteran Peer Network. Borah chairs the annual Military Social Work Conference at UT Austin. During 2010-2014, Borah served as director of research at the Fort Hood site of the STRONG STAR PTSD Research Consortium, a Department of Defense research consortium at UT Health San Antonio.

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Research Output 2010 2018

34 Citations (Scopus)
Implosive Therapy
Military Personnel
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Randomized Controlled Trials
4 Citations (Scopus)

Impact of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia disorder on sleep and comorbid symptoms in military personnel: A randomized clinical trial

STRONG STAR Consortium, Jun 1 2018, In : Sleep. 41, 6, zsy069.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Military Personnel
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Cognitive Therapy
Randomized Controlled Trials
1 Citation (Scopus)

Reliability of the structured clinical interview for DSM-5 sleep disorders module

Taylor, D. J., Wilkerson, A. K., Pruiksma, K. E., Williams, J. M., Ruggero, C. J., Hale, W., Mintz, J., Organek, K. M., Nicholson, K. L., Litz, B. T., Young-McCaughan, S., Dondanville, K. A., Borah, E., Brundige, A. & Peterson, A. L., Mar 15 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 14, 3, p. 459-464 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Disorders of Excessive Somnolence
Restless Legs Syndrome
Sleep Apnea Syndromes

The Influence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on Health Functioning in Active-Duty Military Service Members

for the STRONG STAR Consortium, Apr 1 2018, In : Journal of Traumatic Stress. 31, 2, p. 307-316 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Mental Health
Military Personnel
Psychological Stress
5 Citations (Scopus)

Cognitive Emotion Regulation Strategies Associated With the DSM-5 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Criteria

The STRONG STAR Consortium, Aug 1 2017, In : Journal of Traumatic Stress. 30, 4, p. 343-350 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Military Personnel