Dr. Leslie Morland is a clinical psychologist and a senior researcher at the VA National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) Women’s Health Science Division and a Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Morland served as the Chief of Outpatient Access and Director of Telemental Health for the VA San Diego Healthcare System for the past 9 years. Prior to this role, she was Deputy Director at the National Center for PSTD Pacific Island Division.
As a researcher at NCPTSD over the past 25 years, Dr. Morland has focused on enhancing our knowledge of how to best deliver PTSD care for veterans and informing policy on a national level on improving access, quality, and efficacy of PTSD care. Specifically, Dr Morland has executed multiple large federal funded trials focused on evaluating and disseminating the innovative use of technology to increase access and the uptake of evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD. Dr. Morland’s more recent research focuses on examining efficacy with the use medications such as Oxytocin and MDMA to potentiate evidence-based PTSD treatments (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD [CBCT], Prolonged Exposure [PE]). Dr. Morland provides research collaboration, consultation and mentorship on multiple research projects and national initiatives and strategy planning. She is known as a leader and innovator in the field of PTSD treatment, prioritizing equity in access to evidence-based care across diverse populations. Dr. Morland’s research has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications, chapters and invited presentations.