Michelle M. Lilly

Research Interests

My research interests focus on cognitive and emotional processes that predict PTSD in two populations: survivors of interpersonal trauma and 911 telecommunicators. Research in the lab has also focused on complex post-traumatic clinical presentations, including the development of comorbid conditions such as depression, dissociation and somatization. Recently, I have been involved in the development of mindfulness-based and metacognitive interventions for emergency responders and campus veterans, with an emphasis on examining mechanisms that may be responsible for treatment-related change following these interventions.

Representative Publications

  • Valdez, C. E., & Lilly, M. M. (2018). Modes of processing trauma: Self-compassion buffers affective guilt. Mindfulness, Advanced online publication.
  • Sherrill, A. M., Kurby, C. A., Lilly, M. M., & Magliano, J. P. (2018). The effects of state anxiety on analogue peritraumatic encoding and event memory: Introducing the stressful event segmentation paradigm. Memory, Advanced online publication.
  • Lilly, M.M., London, M.J., & Mercer, M.C. (2016). Predictors of obesity and physical health complaints among 9-1-1 telecommunicators. Safety and Health at Work, 7, 55-62. doi: 10.1016/j.shaw.2015.09.003
  • Valdez, C.E., Sherrill, A.S., & Lilly, M.M. (2016). Present moment contact and nonjudgmental observation: Pilot data on dismantling mindful awareness in trauma-related symptomatology. Advanced online publication, Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.
  • Valdez, C.E., & Lilly, M.M. (2016). Self-compassion and trauma processing outcomes among victims of violence. Mindfulness, 7, 329-339. doi: 10.1007/s12671-015-0442-3
  • Lilly, M.M., & Allen, C.E. (2015). Psychological inflexibility and psychopathology in 9-1-1 telecommunicators. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28, 262-266. doi: 10.1002/jts.22004
  • Lilly, M.M., & London, M.J. (2015). Broad clinical phenotype and facets of emotion regulation in interpersonal trauma survivors. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71, 885-897. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22177
  • Lilly, M.M., London, M.J., & Bridgett, D. (2014). Using SEM to examine emotion regulation and revictimization in predicting PTSD symptoms among childhood abuse survivors. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6, 644-651. doi: 10.1037/a0036460
  • Lilly, M.M., & Lim, B.H. (2013). Shared pathogeneses of posttrauma pathologies: Attachment, emotion regulation, and cognitions. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 737-748. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21934


Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology

Director, Trauma, Mental Health, and Recovery Laboratory

PM 318


Ph.D.: University of Michigan, 2008