Clinical Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter

PTSD and reactions to stress, suicide, military couples, social support, romantic relationships

Selected Publications


Carter, S. P., & Renshaw, K. D. (2016). Communication via different media during military deployments and post-deployment relationship satisfaction. Military Behavioral Health, 4, 260-268.

Carter, S. P., DiMauro, J., Renshaw, K. D., Curby, T. W., Babson, K. A., & Bonn-Miller, M. O. (2016). Longitudinal associations of friend-based social support and PTSD symptomatology during a cannabis cessation attempt. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 38, 62-67.

Carter, S., Loew, B., Allen, E., Osborne, L., Stanley, S., & Markman, H. (2015). Distraction during deployment: Marital quality and marriage-to-work spillover for deployed Army soldiers. Military Psychology, 27, 108-114. doi:10.1037/mil0000067

Carter, S. & Renshaw, K. (2015). Spousal communication during military deployments: A review. Family Issues. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1177/0192513X14567956

DiMauro, J., Carter, S., Folk, J., & Kashdan, T. (2014). A historical review of trauma-related diagnoses to reconsider the heterogeneity of PTSD. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 774-786.

Stanley, S. M., Rhoades, G. K., Loew, B. A., Allen, E. S., Carter, S., Osborne, L. J., Prentice, D., & Markman, H. J. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of relationship education in the U.S. Army: 2-year outcomes. Family Relations, 63, 482-495. doi:10.1111/fare.12083

Renshaw, K. D., Allen, E. S., Carter, S., Markman, H. J., & Stanley, S. M. (2014). Partners’ attributions for service members’ symptoms of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Behavior Therapy, 45, 187-198.

Carter, S., Loew, B., Allen, E., Stanley, S., Rhoades, G., & Markman, H. (2011). Relationships between soldiers' PTSD symptoms and spousal communication during deployment. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24, 352–355. doi:10.1002/jts.20649

Grants and Fellowships

Project:                Interpersonal mechanisms of suicide risk in service members: A daily diary study.

Agency/Type:       NIMH, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), F31             

Role:                    Principal Investigator

Description:          Training grant to support 2.5 years of doctoral training and execution of a research project focused on the effects of romantic relationship behaviors on suicide risk.


University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO              2008-2011

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Distinction, Summa Cum Laude

Minor: Sociology

In the Media

13 Jun 2011    Washington Post, "Letters from home may help protect happily married soldiers from PTSD"

                        Story by Linda Searing


25 May 2011, "Study: Mail From Home Lessens PTSD Symptoms"

                        Story by Amy Bushatz