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Dr. Tanya Saraiya

Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology & Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Office: SMH 217C

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Bio
  • Grants
  • Selected Publications
  • Education
  • Recent Awards


Dr. Tanya Saraiya is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies and Department of Clinical Psychology in GSAPP. Tanya’s research focuses on the development and adaptation of integrated treatments for PTSD and co-occurring substance use disorders to historically marginalized populations, such as women, racial and ethnic minorities, and individuals with complex, clinical presentations. She has a NIDA-funded project examining how to modify an integrated treatment for PTSD and co-occurring substance use disorders to individuals with PTSD and opioid use disorder. Her most recent work examined how to modify such treatments to women with PTSD and opioid use disorder. She collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to study how technological adjuncts can augment PTSD and SUD treatment and the relationship between racial trauma, PTSD, and SUD. She enjoys and welcomes new patients and students to clinical research.

Tanya received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University. She completed a predoctoral internship, NIDA-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship, and was previously a faculty member at MUSC. She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at MUSC in Charleston, South Carolina. 


NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse (K23 DA055209-01A1) (2022-2027) Integrated Treatment for Co-occurring Opioid Use Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder ($1,018,936)


Selected Publications

Jarnecke, A.M., Saraiya, T.C., Brown, D.G., Richardson, J., Killeen, T., & Back, S.E. (2022). Examining the role of social support in treatment for co-occurring substance use disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. Addictive Behavior Reports, 15, 100427. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2022.100427


Bauer, A. G. Ruglass, L. M., Shevorykin, A., Saraiya, T. C., Robinson, G., Cadet, K., Julien, L., Chao, T., & Hien, D. (2022). Predictors of therapeutic alliance, treatment feedback, and clinical outcomes among African American women in treatment for co-occurring PTSD and SUD. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment,139, 108766. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2022.108766


Morgan-López, A., Hien, D. A., Saraiya, T. C., Saavedra, L., Norman, S. B., Killeen, T. K., Simpson, T. L., Fitzpatrick, S., Mills, K. L., Ruglass, L. M., Back, S. E., López-Castro, T., and the Consortium on Addiction, Stress, and Trauma (CAST). (2022). Estimating PTSD severity in the presence of differential item functioning (DIF) across populations, comorbidities, and interview measures: Introduction to Project Harmony. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 35(3), 926-940. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22800


Saraiya, T. C., Badour, C. L., Jones, A. C, Jarnecke, A. M., Brown, D. G., Flanagan, J. C., Killeen, T. K., & Back, S. E. (2022). The role of posttraumatic guilt and anger in integrated treatment for PTSD and co-occurring substance use disorders among primarily male veterans. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0001204


Harvey, L. R., Saraiya, T. C., Mills, K. L., Brown, D. G., Jarnecke, A. M., Back, S. E., & Stapinski, L. A. (2022). Exposure therapy when patients present with comorbid substance use disorders. In J. A. J. Smits, J. Jacquart, J. Abramowitz, J. Arch, & J. Murgraf (Eds.) Clinical Guide to Exposure Therapy: Anxiety & Beyond. Austin, TX: Springer.


Fitzpatrick, S., Morgan-Lopez, A., Saraiya, T. C., Back, S. E., Killeen, T., Norman, S., López-Castro, T., Ruglass, L., Saavedra, L., & Hien, D. A. (2021). Graded response item response theory in scaling suicidal thoughts and behaviors among trauma-exposed women with substance use disorders. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Advance online publication, 36(4), 397-409. https://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000757


Saraiya, T. C., Fitzpatrick, S., Zumberg-Smith, K., López-Castro, T., Back, S., & Hien, D. (2020). The social emotional profiles of PTSD, complex PTSD, and Borderline Personality Disorder among racially and ethnically diverse young adults: A latent class analysis. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 34(1), 56-68. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22590


Saraiya, T. C., Pavlicova, M., Hu, M., Nunes, E. V., Hien, D. A., & Campbell, A. (2020). Exploring gender differences among treatment-seekers who use opioids versus alcohol and other drugs. Women & Health, 60 (7), 821-828. https://doi.org/10.1080/03630242.2020.1746952


Fitzpatrick, S., Saraiya, T. C., López-Castro, T., Ruglass, L., & Hien, D. (2020). The impact of trauma characteristics on posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder outcomes across integrated and substance use treatments. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 113, 107976. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2020.01.012


Saraiya, T. C., Swarbrick, M., Franklin, L., Kass, S., Campbell, A., & Hien, D. (2020). Perspectives on trauma and the design of a technology-based trauma-informed intervention for women receiving medications for addiction treatment in community-based settings. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 112, 92-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2020.01.011


Saraiya, T. C., Fareri, D.., López-Castro, T., Hien, D., Fertuck, E., & Melara, R. (2019). The social cognitive appraisal of trustworthiness in individuals with dimensional levels of post-traumatic stress symptoms: A translational study. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10, 1697582. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2019.1697582


Saraiya, T. C., Zumberg, K., Campbell, A., & Hien, D. (2019). Posttraumatic stress symptoms, shame, and substance use among Asian Americans. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 96, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2018.10.002


Maru, M., Saraiya, T. C., Lee, C. S., Meghani, O., Hien, D., Hahm, H. C. (2018). The relationship between intimate partner violence and suicidal ideation among young Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese American women. Women & Therapy,41, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/02703149.2018.1430381


2020 Clinical Psychology Ph.D., Adelphi University  
2017 Clinical Psychology M.A., Adelphi University
2012  Biological Sciences, cum laude, B.S., University of Florida


Recent Awards

Saraiya, T. (2022). NIDA Force Junior Investigator Travel Award. College on Problems of Drug Dependence.