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Daniel M. Blonigen, Ph.D.

Daniel Blonigen
Email Address: 
Phone Number: 

(650) 493-5000 ex. 27828 


Adjunct Professor

Faculty Program(s): 


Teaching and/or Research Emphasis and Interest Areas: 

Evidence-based treatment of substance use disorders; personality assessment; psychological testing and assessment; personality disorders; antisocial behavior and psychopathy; Veterans; health services research


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2008) 

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2005) 

B.A. (Summa Cum Laude), Psychology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2001) 


Daniel M. Blonigen, Ph.D., is a mental health services researcher at the HSR&D Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) at the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Clinical Science & Psychopathology Research Program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. During his graduate training, he studied the etiology and development of personality traits and externalizing psychopathology (e.g., antisocial behavior; psychopathy; substance use disorders) and published one of the first twin studies of psychopathic personality traits. He completed his Predoctoral Clinical Internship at the VA Palo Alto HCS, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Health Services Research and Addiction Medicine at the Center for Health Care Evaluation (now Ci2i) and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2011, he received the VA’s prestigious Career Development Award (Clinical Sciences R&D) to develop a program of research to study the clinical utility of personality assessments in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. During his award, he used the principles of Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment to develop a personality-based feedback intervention for Veterans entering residential SUD treatment. He also works closely with the leadership of the Veteran’s Health Administrations Veterans Justice Programs, which serves vulnerable Veterans who are involved in the criminal justice system (“justice-involved Veterans). Dr. Blonigen is one of the VA’s leading researchers of justice-involved Veterans and was recently funded to conduct a multisite RCT to test the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral intervention (Moral Reconation Therapy, or MRT) to reduce risk of criminal recidivism among justice-involved Veterans in VA Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs. 

At present, Dr. Blonigen is a Core Investigator and Executive Committee member at Ci2i, a Research Associate with the Family Research Center at VA Palo Alto HCS, and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of California (Psy 24592). He serves on the Training Committee for the VA Palo Alto Psychology Service, for which he coordinates the research rotations for the predoctoral psychology interns. Dr. Blonigen also serves as Consulting Editor for the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment; Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, & Treatment; Psychological Assessment; and Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 

Talks & Lectures: 

(Selected conference presentations and invited talks in the past year) 

Blonigen, D. M., Rodriguez, A., Nevedal, A., Smelson, D., Finlay, A., Rosenthal, J., & Timko, C. (2015, July). Provider perceptions of gaps in the implementation of best practices to reduce recidivism among justice-involved Veterans. Paper presented at the 2015 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference, Philadelphia, PA. 

Blonigen, D. M., Rodriguez, A., Manfredi, L., & Timko, C. (2015, June). Gaps in the implementation of best-care practices to improve outcomes among justice-involved Veterans: A qualitative analysis. Paper presented at the Academy of Health Interest Group Meeting (Current Issues in Behavioral Health Services Research), Minneapolis, MN. 

Blonigen, D. M., Britt, J. Y., & Bui L. (2015, June). Psychopathy facets exhibit differential associations with substance abuse treatment processes and outcomes: A cross-sectional and prospective investigation among U.S. military Veterans. Paper presented at the 6th biennial meeting for the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy, Chicago, IL. 

Blonigen, D. M. (Mar 2015). Association for Criminal Justice Research (California) – 81st semi-annual meeting. “Challenges to implementing evidence-based practices in VA to reduce recidivism among justice-involved Veterans” 

Blonigen, D. M., Bui L., Britt, J. Y., & Timko, C. (2014, November). Personality-based subtypes of justice-involved veterans in substance abuse treatment. Paper presented at the 70th annual conference for the American Society for Criminology, San Francisco, CA. 

Websites and Other Relevant Links: 
Selected Publications: 

Blonigen, D. M., Timko, C., Jacob, T., & Moos, R. H. (2015). Patient-centered feedback on the results of personality testing increases early engagement in residential substance use disorder treatment: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice. DOI: 10.1186/s13722-015-0030-9. 

Blonigen, D. M., Finney, J. W., Wilbourne, P., & Moos, R. H. (2015). Psychosocial treatments for substance use disorders. In P. E. Nathan & Gorman, J. M. (Eds.), A guide to treatments that work (4th ed). Oxford University Press. 

Blonigen, D. M., Bui, L., Elbogen, E., Blodgett, J. C., Maisel, N. C., Midboe, A. M., Asch, S. M., McGuire, J. F., & Timko, C. (2014). Risk of recidivism among justice-involved Veterans: A systematic review of the literature. Criminal Justice Policy Review. DOI: 10.1177/0887403414562602. 

Glynn, L. H., Kendra, M. S., Timko, C., Finlay, A. K., Blodgett, J. C., Maisel, N. C., Midboe, A. M., McGuire, J. F., & Blonigen, D. M. (2014). Facilitating treatment access and engagement for justice-involved veterans with substance use disorders. Criminal Justice Policy Review. DOI: 10.1177/0887403414560884. 

Timko, C., Midboe, A. M., Maisel, N. C., Blodgett, J. C., Asch, S. M., Rosenthal, J., & Blonigen, D. M. (2014). Treatments for recidivism risk among justice-involved Veterans. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 53, 620-640. 

Blonigen, D. M., Bui, L., Sox-Harris, A., Hepner, K. & Kivlahan, D. (2014). Perceptions of behavioral health care among veterans with substance use disorders: Results from a national evaluation of mental health services in the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 47, 122-129. 

Blonigen, D. M., & Wytiaz, A. (2014). Multimethod assessment of the adult externalizing spectrum: Disorders of antisocial behavior and substance use. In C. J. Hopwood & R. F. Bornstein (Eds.), Multimethod Clinical Assessment (pp. 203-231). Guilford Press. 

Blonigen, D. M. (2013). Is fearless dominance relevant to the construct of psychopathy? Reconciling the dual roles of theory and clinical utility. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 4, 87-88. 

Blonigen, D. M., Sullivan, E. A, Hicks, B. M., & Patrick, C. J. (2012). Facets of psychopathy in relation to potentially traumatic events and posttraumatic stress disorder among female prisoners: The mediating role of borderline personality disorder traits. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 3, 406-414. 

Blonigen, D. M., Timko, C., Finney, J. F., Moos, B. S., & Moos, R. H. (2011). Alcoholics Anonymous attendance, decreases in impulsivity, and drinking and psychosocial outcomes over 16 years: Moderated-mediation from a developmental perspective. Addiction, 106, 2167-2177. 

Jacob, T., Blonigen, D. M., Koenig, L. B., Wachsmuth, W., & Price, R. K. (2010). Course of alcohol dependence among Vietnam combat veterans and non-veteran controls. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71, 629-639. 

Blonigen, D. M., Patrick, C. J., Douglas, K. S., Poythress, N. G., Skeem, J. L., Lilienfeld, S. O., Edens, J. F., & Krueger, R. F. (2010). Multimethod assessment of psychopathy in relation to factors of internalizing and externalizing from the Personality Assessment Inventory: The impact of method variance and suppressor effects. Psychological Assessment, 22, 96-107. 

Blonigen, D. M. (2010). Examining the relationship between age and crime: Contributions from the developmental literature on personality. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 89-100. 

Blonigen, D. M., Timko, C., Moos, B. S., & Moos, R. H. (2009). Treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous, and 16-year changes in impulsivity and legal problems among men and women with alcohol use disorders. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 714-725. 

Blonigen, D. M., Carlson, M. D., Hicks, B. M., Krueger, R. F., & Iacono, W. G. (2008). Stability and change in personality traits from late adolescence to early adulthood: A longitudinal twin study. Journal of Personality, 76, 229-266. 

Blonigen, D. M., Hicks, B. M., Krueger, R. F., Patrick, C. J., & Iacono, W. G. (2006). Continuity and change in psychopathic traits as measured via normal range personality: A longitudinal-biometric study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115, 85–95. 

Blonigen, D. M., Hicks, B. M., Krueger, R. F., Patrick, C. J., & Iacono, W. G. (2005). Psychopathic personality traits: Heritability and genetic overlap with internalizing and externalizing psychopathology. Psychological Medicine, 35, 637–648. 

Blonigen, D. M., Carlson, S. R., Krueger, R. F., & Patrick, C. J. (2003). A twin study of self-reported psychopathic personality traits. Personality and Individual Differences, 35, 179–197. 

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