Faculty Profile: Christy Capone, PhD

Christy Capone, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Bio Med Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-273-7100


Dr. Capone is a licensed clinical psychologist whose primary research interests are in the treatment of co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Capone received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2007. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, she accepted a position as PTSD-SUD Specialist at the Providence VA. Her work involves providing direct patient care and supervision to trainees, as well as continuing to develop her program of research. Currently, Dr. Capone is co-investigator on a NIDA-funded trial of an integrated cognitive behavioral intervention for comorbid PTSD and SUD in veterans. Dr. Capone is also interested in pharmacologic and behavioral treatments for alcohol dependence.

Research Description

My research is focused on the treatment of co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUD) in veterans. Traditional treatment approaches have tended to be sequential (SUD treatment first, then PTSD) but recent awareness of the need for treatments that target both disorders at the same time has led to development of integrated treatments. After completing a small open trial of an integrated cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT) in order to assess feasibility, we nearing the end of a randomized pilot trial of ICBT. This study is taking place at the Providence VA Medical Center with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. This phase of the research compares ICBT + treatment as usual (TAU) to TAU only. The ICBT protocol combines individual and group psychotherapy and is delivered in about 12 sessions. We hypothesize that veterans who receive ICBT will show better outcomes in terms of PTSD symptoms and substance use as compared with those receiving TAU.

Grants and Awards

2007 Student Merit Award, Research Society on Alcoholism
2010 Junior Investigator Award, Research Society on Alcoholism


1998 - present American Psychological Association
2003 - present Research Society on Alcoholism
2007 - present International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Funded Research

R01 DA030102 McGovern (PI) 7/1/2010 - 6/31/2014
Integrated CBT for Co-Occurring PTSD and Substance use Disorders
The main hypotheses being tested are that an integrated cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders can be implemented in a VA setting, and can improve outcomes for both posttraumatic stress and substance use disorders in OEF-OIF-OND veterans.
Role: Co-Investigator