Brian Klassen, PhD

Headshot of Dr. Brian Klassen wearing glasses and a charcoal sweater over a white shirt and navy blue tie, smiling at the camera
Clinical Psychologist

Brian Klassen, Ph.D., is the Associate Clinical Director for The Road Home Program: The National Center of Excellence for Veterans and Their Families at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. The Road Home Program is a part of Wounded Warrior Project's Warrior Care Network.

“Many veterans have witnessed moments of real human connection and camaraderie alongside moments of abject terror –literally, the best and worst of the human experience. Often, veterans who want to talk about these experiences with others find that they are judged, misunderstood or simply ignored. It is for this reason that I strive to listen carefully and understand each veteran’s individual experience. For more than a decade, conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror have placed heavy burdens on service members and their families, and they have responded with honor and integrity. Now, it is time we respond to their challenges with the best we have.”

Brian Klassen is a clinical psychologist and faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center. Brian spent his formative years training at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, completing rotations in chronic pain management, residential substance use disorder treatment, and PTSD. Brian has special expertise in providing front-line treatments for PTSD, including Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. In addition to outpatient assessment and psychotherapy, Brian has been especially involved in planning and providing services for the Road Home’s Intensive Outpatient Program.

Brian earned his doctorate at Wayne State University and his bachelor's at Calvin College. Brian’s scholarly work has been recognized by the American Psychological Association and the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.