Head Space and Timing Podcast

Nationally recognized Moral Injury expert, Dr. Shira Maguen, talks about the history of moral injury, the overlap between moral injury and PTSD, and interventions that help improve the mental health and wellness of service members and veterans.

Show Notes


Shira Maguen, Ph.D. is Mental Health Director of the OEF/OIF Integrated Care Clinic and Staff Psychologist on the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT) at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC), and Associate Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry, UCSF School of Medicine. She is also the San Francisco site lead for the VA Women’s Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) and co-director of the SFVAMC MIRECC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

Dr. Maguen completed her internship and postdoctoral training at the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System after receiving her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University. She is involved with both the research and clinical components of the PTSD program. Her research interests fall under the umbrella of PTSD, moral injury, and suicide, and include risk and resilience factors in veterans, with a particular focus on female veterans. Dr. Maguen was the recipient of a VA Health Services Research and Development Grant that examined the impact of killing in veterans of war and moral injury. She has four additional grants that examine a novel treatment for veterans who have killed in war; trauma-related eating problems in female veterans; the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans via natural language processing; and the effectiveness of a behaviorally-based treatment for insomnia (BBTI) in primary care. She recently completed a grant that examines PTSD and co-morbid conditions in OIF/OEF female veterans, and one that examines mild TBI and PTSD in OIF/OEF veterans.

Dr. Maguen is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, most of which focus on veteran mental health. She also works in a clinical capacity within the OEF/OIF Integrated Care Clinic and treating veterans with evidence-based treatments for PTSD. She supervises research health fellows and other trainees in evidence-based treatments for PTSD, and provides mentorship for trauma-focused research fellows.

In this Episode, you will learn:
  • Shira's background and experience
  • Looking at veteran mental health needs as developmental; different needs at different stages
  • The Origins of the concept of moral injury
  • Similiarties and differences between PTSD and Moral Injury
  • Moral Injury and relationships
  • Definition of moral injury
  • Cultural expectations and influences on moral injury
  • Interventions that impact moral injury

Links Mentioned In This Episode:

Dr. Maguen's email address: Shira.Maguen@va.gov

Articles published by Dr. Maguen and colleagues

Veteran Mental Health Boot Camp(Includes episode with Dr. Joseph Currier)

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The psychological impact of military service is well known but less understood. Every Tuesday and Thursday, join combat veteran and clinical mental health counselor Duane France as he interviews mental health professionals, veterans, and those who support them about mental health and wellness. If you want to understand more about service member and veteran mental health, then this podcast is for you.