Meet the Team

Shannon Wiltsey Stirman

Shannon Wiltsey Stirman is a Clinical Psychologist and Implementation Scientist in the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for PTSD, and an Assistant Professor at Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Her research focuses on training and consultation in evidence-based mental health interventions, the development of scalable and valid measures of fidelity and adaptation, and the identification of strategies to support the sustainability of evidence-based practices in service settings. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Canadian Institute for Health Research.

She lives outside of San Francisco with her husband, 3 kids, and puppy. She enjoys running (slowly), hiking, traveling, cooking, and reading (when she finds the time!).

Erin P. Finley


Dr. Erin P. Finley, PhD MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine (Division of General and Hospital Medicine) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and a Research Investigator at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. She is a medical anthropologist and health services researcher with expertise in posttraumatic stress disorder, access to care among Veterans, and the implementation of evidence-based practices in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Dr. Finley lives outside San Antonio with her husband, two children, and two Jack Russell terriers.

Kera Swanson


Kera Mallard is the study coordinator for the CPT-Study’s VA sites. She works in Menlo Park, CA, but lives in the beautiful town of Half Moon Bay, CA. She received her BA in psychology from San Francisco State University in 2015.

Kera has worked in many different psych-based research labs with areas of study ranging from geriatric depression to dyadic affective-psychophysiological research. However, the most significant and meaningful research that she has been a part of is at the National Center for PTSD at the Menlo Park VA, researching implementation of Cognitive Processing Therapy under Dr. Wiltsey-Stirman.

When she isn’t working Kera loves playing with her other half, Belle, a Miniature Australian Sheppard. Some of her hobbies include amateur photography, yoga, and hiking. Kera enjoys meeting new people and discussing an array of topics so if you have any questions about the study or just want to chat send her an email at

Tasoula Masina


Tasoula Masina lives in Toronto, Ontario.  She joined the CPT research team based at Ryerson University in December 2014 as Project Coordinator, assisting in the operation and budgeting of the CPT Canada Study. Tasoula’s background includes administration of post and undergraduate education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, as well as coordination of the CBT Clinic at a major academic hospital.

Tasoula’s hobbies include learning the art of sailing, restoring an old sailboat she and her husband own, and hopefully sailing to Bahamas someday.