Quyen Tiet, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist
Meet Dr. Quyen Tiet

I was trained at UC Berkeley, CU Boulder, Yale University and Columbia University.  Then I stayed on at Columbia University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, before I came back to the San Francisco Bay Area. For 15 years, I was a Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (affiliated). Currently I am a full Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in San Francisco (APA-accredited program). I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in California and New York, and I recently received the APA Fellow status, which is an honor bestowed upon about 5% of the American Psychological Association members “who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology in a national or international level.”

University of California Berkeley
University of Colorado CU Boulder
Yale University
Columbia University New York State Psychiatric Institute NYSPI
Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco Campus

My work with diverse communities, families, and individuals started in San Francisco in the late 1980’s. I worked with immigrant, and refugee adolescents and their families to prevent gang involvement, violence, and delinquent behaviors in the Tenderloin area in San Francisco. During that time, I was at the University of California, Berkeley, where I took classes and learned from the best psychologists in the world, including the world renowned Nobel Laureate and Professor Daniel Kahneman.  


Then I went to the University of Colorado at Boulder (one of the best Ph.D. programs in the country) to pursue my Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology. I expanded my horizon to working with youth and families in the Denver Metropolitan area, ranging from the most diverse neighborhoods and mountainous communities in Northern Colorado, to the individuals and families in the rather homogenous communities in Boulder. My clinical training included my professors watching me on the other side of one-way mirrors and video-recordings of my sessions with clients. Then they would discuss and analyze not only my skills and techniques but also my thoughts and emotions throughout the sessions. I am extremely grateful to this wonderful training experience.


I received my internship pre-doctoral training at the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University, where the footprints of giants in clinical psychology is ubiquitous. The commonly known figures include Anna Freud and Erik Erikson, for example. My repertoire expanded further at Yale. Not only did I work with individuals and families, I also provided training and consultations to institutions and organizations, such as with schools, mental health hospitals, and correctional and financial institutions.


After Yale, I received a 3-year post-doctoral training and stayed on as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University in New York City. The Department of Psychiatry at Columbia is among the most intense and cutting-edge psychiatric training and research institution in the world.  I worked with and learned from the top clinicians and researchers, including another Nobel Laureate and Professor, Eric Kandel. During this time, I also conducted therapy to refugees and immigrants from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle-East, who experienced horrendous trauma and life experiences.


I have conducted research to further evidence-based treatment and advance the science of clinical psychology. I am conducting research at the VA Palo Alto and Stanford University School of Medicine, where I was an Associate Professor (affiliate) for 15 years, and I am currently affiliated with the National Center for PTSD and the Center for Innovation to Implementation. I am also a Distinguished Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program in San Francisco (one of the few training programs in the bay area that is accredited by the American Psychological Association). My work has been published in professional and scientific journals (see my selected professional publications below). The intended audience of the publications is for professors, researchers, and clinicians.


Below is a list of my selected publications. You can use Google Scholar to look up my other publications:


  • Browne, K. C., Levya, Y., Malte, C. A, Lapham, G. T, & Tiet, Q. Q. (In Press). Prevalence of medical and non-medical cannabis use among veterans enrolled in primary care. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

  • Tiet, Q. Q. & Moos, R. H. (2021). Strong associations among PTSD, pain, and alcohol and drug use disorders in VA primary care patients. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 223, 108699. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108699

  • Tiet, Q. Q., & Moos, R. H. (2021). Screen of Drug Use: Diagnostic Accuracy for Stimulant Use Disorder. Addictive Behaviors, 112, 106614. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106614

  • McCue, M. L., Fisher, A. N., Johnson, K. R., Bariani, A., Cabral, M. M., Allard, C. B., & Edmonds, S. (2021). Exposure to civilian casualties is related to guilt and suicidality in Post 9/11 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. , 9, 110-117. https://doi.org/10.1080/21635781.2021.1904065

  • Hinton, L, Nguyen, H, Pham, T., Nguyen, H. T., Danielle, H. J., Nichols, L., Martindale-Adams, J., Nguyen, B. T., Nguyen, B. T. T., Nguyen, A. N., Nguyen, C. H., Nguyen, T. T. H., Nguyen, T. L., Nguyen, A. T. P., Nguyen, N. T. B.., ., Nguyen, T. A., Nguyen, T. A., & Nguyen, P. Q. (2020). Advancing family dementia caregiver interventions in low- and middle-income countries: A pilot cluster randomized controlled trial of Resources for Advancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health in Vietnam (REACH VN). Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 6, e12063. https://doi.org/10.1002/trc2.12063

  • Ruzek, J. I., Landes, S. J., McGee-Vincent, P., Rosen, C. S., Crowley, J., Calhoun, P. S., McGraw, K., Walser, R., Smith, J. L., Barry, D. S., Schmidt, J. A., Simon, E., Runnals, J.,. Liu, N. H., Shaw, R. K., Zimmerman, L., Nottis, D., Juhasz, K. M., & Kirchner, J. E. (2020). Creating a Practice-Based Implementation Network: Facilitating Practice Change across Health Care Systems. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-020-09696-3

  • Ordonez, C., Tiet, Q. Q., Scott, S., Lopez, C., Kixmiller, J., & Collins, W. (2019). Social skills training for verbal aggression in conserved adults with traumatic brain injury, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. Achives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 34(6), P1026. https://doi.org/10.1093/arclin/acz034.161

  • Hinton, L., Nguyen, H., Pham, T., Trong, H. N., Harvey, D. J., Thanh, B. N., Thanh, B. N. T., Ngoc, A. N., Hong, C. N., Hoai, T. N. T., Le, T. N., Phuong, A. N. T., Bich, N. N. T., Nguyen, T. A., Quy, P. N. (2019). A pilot cluster RCT to test the preliminary efficacy of an Alzheimer’s family caregiver intervention in Hanoi, Vietnam. (7), P924. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2019.06.4705

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Leyva, Y., & Moos, R. H. (2019). Screen of Drug Use: Diagnostic accuracy for opioid use disorder. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 198, 176-179. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.01.044

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Leyva, Y., Browne, K., & Moos, R. H. (2019). Screen of Drug Use: Diagnostic accuracy for cannabis use disorder, Addictive Behaviors, 95, 184-188. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.02.010

  • Park, V. T., Vuong, Q., Ton, V., Tiet, Q., Yeo, G., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2019). Our family journey program: An evidence-based, skills-building mental health program for Vietnamese American dementia caregivers. (7), P924–P925. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2019.06.4706

  • Park, V. T., Nguyen, K., Tran, Y., Yeo, G., , Suen, J., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2018). Perspectives and Insights from Vietnamese American Mental Health Professionals on How to Culturally Tailor a Vietnamese Dementia Caregiving Program. Clinical Gerotologist, 41(3), 184-100. doi: 10.1080/07317115.2018.143273.

  • Park, V. M. T., Ton, V., Vuong, Q., Yeo, G., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2019). Promising results from a pilot study to reduce distress in Vietnamese American dementia and memory loss caregivers. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions, 5, 319-327. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trci.2019.05.006

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Duong, H., Davis, L., French, R., Smith, C., Leyva, Y., & Rosen, C. (2019). PTSD Coach mobile application (app) with brief telephone support and Pre- and Post-intervention outcomes on PTSD, depressive symptoms and quality of life, Psychological Services, 16 (2), 227-232. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ser0000245

  • Jordan, J., Samuelson, K., & Tiet, Q. Q. (2018). Impulsivity, painful and provocative events, and suicide intent: Testing the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 10.1111/sltb.12518

  • Ta, V. M., Yeo, G., Nguyen, K., Tran, Y., , Suen, J., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (in press). Perspectives and Insights from Vietnamese American Mental Health Professionals on How to Culturally Tailor a Vietnamese Dementia Caregiving Program. Clinical Gerotologist.

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Leyva, Y., Moos, R., & Smith, B. (2017). Diagnostic Accuracy of a Two-item Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-2). Addictive Behaviors, 74, 112-117. doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.06.008.

  • Rosen, C., Azevedo, K., Greene, C. J., Wood, A. E., Calhoun, P., Bowe, T., Capehart, B., Crawford, E., Greenbaum, M. A., Harris, A. H., Hertzberg, M., Lindley, S., Smith, B., & Schnurr, P. P. (2017). An RCT of Effects of Telephone Care Management on Treatment Adherence and Clinical Outcomes Among Veterans With PTSD, , 151-158 doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201600069.

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Leyva, Y., Moos, R., & Smith, B. (2016). Diagnostic Accuracy of a Two-item Screen for Drug Use Developed from the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST-Drug), Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 164(1), 22 - 27. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.03.029

  • Prins, A., Bovin, M. J., Smolenski, D. J., Marx, B. P., Kimerling, R., Jenkins-Guarnieri, M. A., Kaloupek, D. G., Schnurr, P. P., Kaiser, A. P., Leyva, Y. E., (2016). The Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5): Development and evaluation within a Veteran primary care sample, (10), 1206-11 doi.10.1007/s11606-016-3703-5

  • Koo, K., Tiet, Q. Q., & Rosen, C. S. (2016). Relationships between racial/ethnic minority status, therapeutic alliance and treatment expectancies among veterans with PTSD, Psychological Services. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ser0000029.

  • Kornblith, E. S., Green, R., Casey, S. L., Tiet, Q. Q. (2016). Marital Status, Social Support and Depressive Symptoms in Lesbians and Heterosexual Women, Journal of Lesbian Studies, 20(1), 157-173.

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Moos, R. H., & Frayne, S. M. (2015). Appropriate screening for substance use vs Disorder—Reply, JAMA Internal Medicine.

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Leyva, Y., Moos, R., Frayne, S., Osterberg, L., & Smith, B. (2015). Diagnostic accuracy of the Screen of Drug Use (SoDU) in primary care, JAMA Internal Medicine, 175(8), 1371-1377. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.2438

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Leyva, Y., Blau, K., Turchik, J., Rosen, C. S. (2015). Military Sexual Assault, Gender, and PTSD Treatment Outcomes of Veterans, Journal of traumatic stress, 28, 92-101. doi: 10.1002/jts.21992.

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Schutte, K., & Leyva, Y. (2013). Diagnostic Accuracy of Brief PTSD Screening Instruments in Military Veterans. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 45, 134-142. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2013.01.010.

  • Rosen, C. S., Adler, E., & Tiet, Q. Q. (2013). Presenting concerns of Veterans entering treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder. 640-643. doi: 10.1002/jts.21841.

  • Tiet, Q. Q., & Schutte, K. (2012). Treatment setting and outcomes of patients with co-occurring disorders. Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 7, 53-76. doi: 10.1080/1556035X.2012.632330

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Huizinga, D., & Byrnes, H. (2010). Predictors of resilience among inner city youths.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19(3), 360-378. doi:10.1007/s10826-009-9307-5

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Finney, J, & Moos, R. (2008).  Screening psychiatric patients for illicit drug use disorders and problems. Clinical Psychology Review, 28 (4), 578-591. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2007.08.002

  • Tiet, Q. Q., & Mausbach, B (2007). Treatments of patients with dual diagnosis: A review.  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 31(4), 513-536.  doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2007.00336.x

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Rosen, C., Cavella, S., Moos, R., Finney, J., & Yesavage, J. (2006). Coping, symptoms, and functioning outcomes of patients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19(6), 799-811. doi:10.1002/jts.20185

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Finney, J., & Moos, R. (2006). Recent sexual abuse, physical abuse, and suicide attempt among male patients seeking psychiatric treatment.  Psychiatric Services, 57(1), 107-113.

  • Rosen, C., Tiet, Q., Cavella, S., Finney, J., & Lee, T. (2005). Chronic PTSD patients’ functioning before and after the September 11 attacks, Journal of Traumatic Stress, 18(6), 781-784. doi.org/10.1002/jts.20086.

  • Tiet, Q. Q., & Huizinga, D. (2002). Dimensions of the construct of resilience and adaptation among inner city youth, Journal of Adolescent Research, 17(3), 260-276. doi:10.1177/0743558402173003

  • Wu, P., Hoven, C., Tiet, Q., Kovalenco, P., Wicks, J. (2002). Factors associated with adolescent utilization of alcohol treatment services. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 28, 353-369. doi:10.1081/ada-120002978

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Bird, H. R, Hoven, C., Wu, P., Moore, R., & Davies, M. (2001). Resilience in the face of maternal psychopathology and adverse life events, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 10, 347-365. doi:10.1023/a:1012528910206

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Wasserman, G. A., Loeber, R., McReynolds, L. S., & Miller, L. S. (2001). Developmental and sex differences in types of conduct problems. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 10, 181-197. doi:10.1023/a:1016637702525

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Bird, H. R., Hoven, C., Moore, R., Wu, P., Wicks, J., Jensen, P., Goodman, S., & Cohen, P. (2001). Relationship Between Specific Adverse Life Events and Psychiatric Disorders, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 29, 153-164. doi:10.1023/a:1005288130494

  • Wu, P., Hoven, C., Cohen, P., Liu, X., Moore, R., Tiet, Q., Okezie, N., Wicks, J., & Bird, H. (2001).  Factors associated with use of mental health services for depression by children and adolescents.  Psychiatric Services, 52, 189-195. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.52.2.189

  • Wu, P., Hoven, C., Cohen, P., Fan, B., Tiet, Q., Fuller, C., & Musa, G. (2001). Tobacco use and depression in children and adolescents in the USA. Challenges for Public Health at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Selected Proceedings for the Ninth International Congress World Federation of Public Health Associations, 94-95.

  • Tiet, Q. Q., Bird, H., Davies, M., Hoven, C., Cohen, P., Jensen, P., & Goodman, S. (1998). Adverse life events and resilience, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 37, 1191-1200. doi:10.1097/00004583-199811000-00020

  • Hinton, L., Tiet, Q. Q., Tran, C. G., & Chesney, M. (1997). A prospective study of depression in newly arrived refugees from Vietnam. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 185, 39-45. doi:10.1097/00005053-199701000-00007