Dr. Suris, a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist [ABPP], is the Chief of Psychology at the VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of veterans with PTSD and other psychiatric disorders through her clinical work and conducts funded research studies at the Dallas VA Medical Center.

Dr. Suris has worked as a clinician/researcher on multiple research projects, beginning with a small grant from NIMH to study treatment for women veterans with sexual trauma. She has received two NARSAD Young Investigator awards, funding from the National Institute of Health (NIMH) for pilot work in PTSD, Blue Gator funding (private foundation) for novel interventions for PTSD, as well as VA funding (Merit Reviews, Young Investigator Veterans Service Integrated Network 17 (VISN 17) funding, and VISN 17 funding).

She is interested in finding ways to reduce illness burden and increase the quality of life for people with PTSD from multiple sources (combat, sexual trauma, etc.) by examining the most effective treatments for PTSD, whether by testing existing evidence-based treatments in new populations or creating/examining novel interventions to augment existing treatments. She has received recognition and numerous awards including two nominations for teacher of the year by UT Southwestern psychiatry students; she was named outstanding researcher by the VA section of Psychologists in Public Service of the American Psychological Association; and she has twice received the Outstanding Woman Award for Leadership at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Also, Dr. Suris has received notable honors including: the Gerald R. Klerman NARSAD Young Investigator Award, an award given for outstanding clinical research achievement by a NARSAD Young Investigator and the George Winokur Award, an award recognizing excellence in contribution to the literature of the Annals of Clinical Psychology.



University of Texas-Austin (1983), Psychology
Graduate School
Univ of Houston (1987), Clinical Psychology
Graduate School
Univ of Houston (1991), Clinical Psychology

Research Interest

  • Mental health and functional outcome measures
  • Novel interventions for PTSD
  • Women's mental health issues and treatment


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Methods of a multi-site randomized clinical trial of supported employment among veterans with spinal cord injury.
Ottomaneli, L., Goetz, L., McGeogh, C., Suris, A., Sippel, J., Sinnot, P., Wanger, Cipher, D. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (In Press)

Honors & Awards

  • George Winokur Award, An award given by the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists for a 2010 article published in the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Gerald R. Klerman NARSAD Young Investigator Award. An award given for outstanding clinical research achievement by a NARSAD Young Investigator.
  • Outstanding Woman Award for Leadership, Federal Women’s Program, Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Outstanding Researcher by the Department of Veterans Affairs Section of the Division of Psychologists in Public Service (Division 18) of the American Psychological Association

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Member, American Board of Professional Psychology
  • Member, American Psychological Association, Division 18
  • Member, Association of VA Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL)