FACULTY

Dr. Conall O'Cleirigh

Dr. Conall O'Cleirigh is the Director of Behavioral Medicine. He is also an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. O'Cleirigh's research interests are in developing and adapting cognitive-behavioral intervention technologies for application with medical populations, particularly among people living with HIV. As part of this research emphasis he is involved in developing primary and secondary HIV prevention interventions with particular application among gay and bisexual men).


Dr. Christina Psaros

Dr. Christina Psaros is the Associate Director of Behavioral Medicine. She is also a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service and an assistant professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical work focuses on women’s mental health, while her research focuses on psychosocial aspects of HIV care and prevention (particularly among women) both in the United States and in sub-Saharan Africa.


Dr. C. Andres BedoyaDr. C. Andres Bedoya is a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves as an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His work focuses on research that improves medical and mental health outcomes of minorities, including through the development of culturally competent evidence-based interventions. The majority of Dr. Bedoya’s research has centered on cultural and linguistic adaptation of cognitive-behavioral interventions for Latinos, including for the treatment of depression within primary care settings and within primary/secondary prevention of HIV.


Dr. Michel Boroughs

Dr. Michael Boroughs is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Boroughs earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida. He served the field for two years on the APA Commission on Accreditation from 2010 to 2012. Dr. Boroughs’ research interests include sexual health and HIV prevention, human sexuality and gender roles and their impact upon psychological health, body image, and novel adaptations of third generation cognitive-behavioral treatments to address a variety of medical illnesses with co-occurring psychiatric presentations.


Sannisha DaleSannisha Dale, PhD, Ed.M. is a is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her primary research interests are (a) enhancing our understanding of the relationships between resilience, trauma, and health outcomes among individuals with HIV and those at risk and (b) developing effective prevention and intervention strategies to promote resilience and good health outcomes amongst survivors of trauma and individuals with or at risk for HIV, especially members of ethnic minority (i.e. African Americans) and sexual minority (i.e. men who have sex with men) groups who are heavily burdened by the HIV epidemic


Dr. Mark J. Gorman

Dr. Mark J. Gorman is a licensed staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and the MGH Weight Center. He is also an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.Dr. Gorman’s work focuses helping individuals with chronic illness, pain, obesity/eating disorders, body image disturbance, depression, and anxiety disorders – with a special focus on stress management, sleep health, and lifestyle change. Dr. Gorman’s research interests include obesity medicine, combination therapy for obesity management, and adherence factors associated with behavioral medicine treatment.


Dr. Joseph Greer

Dr. Joseph Greer is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Greer provides clinical care and conducts research at the MGH Behavioral Medicine Service and at the MGH Cancer Center where he studies how anxiety can affect patients' ability to complete cancer treatments and novel ways to treat anxiety with behavioral interventions. He also collaborates with Drs. Pirl and Temel on supportive care studies in the Center for Thoracic Oncology.

He currently is running a randomized clinical trial of a behavioral intervention for anxiety in advanced lung cancer patients. Dr. Greer's other clinical and research interests include recognition and treatment of psychological distress in primary care medical settings; adherence to medical therapies; and racial and ethnic disparities in health care


Dr. Robert Knauz

Dr. Robert Knauz is a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service. He is also an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Allison Labbe

Dr. Allison Labbe is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Labbe received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology at Syracuse University. Her research interests broadly focus on addiction among medically ill individuals. Specifically, her current research focuses on the development and testing of brief interventions for alcohol and substance use disorders among patients with chronic medical illnesses.


Dr. Jonathan Lerner

Dr. Jonathan Lerner is a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine service at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lerner's clinical and research interests are in the areas of behavioral medicine and adult anxiety disorders, with a special interest in Internet-based psychological assessment and treatment. Related to his work in Behavioral Medicine, Dr. Lerner sees patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center’s Crohn’s and Colitis Center. He also has a private practice office in Cambridge, MA.


Jessica Magdison

Dr. Jessica Magidson is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her clinical and research interests primarily focus on developing and testing brief integrated interventions for depression and substance use comorbidity, with a particular focus on individuals living with HIV or at high risk for HIV.


Dr. Elyse Park

Dr. Elyse Park is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service, a faculty member at the MGH Mongan Institute for Health Policy, and serves as Director of Behavioral Sciences at the MGH Center for Psychiatric Oncology and Behavioral Sciences at the Cancer Center as well as Director of Behavioral Health Research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. Dr. Park’s clinical research focuses on motivational and behavioral intervention development, particularly for chronic stress and smoking cessation treatment among cancer and obstetric patients.


Giselle Perez-Lougee

Dr. Giselle Perez is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Perez received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Her research broadly focuses on cancer prevention and cancer outcomes research, with a special emphasis on multicultural issues and health disparities research. Specific interests include the development of interventions to promote health behavior change, treatment adherence, and treatment outcomes in cancer populations. .


Traeger

Dr. Lara Traeger is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and clinical researcher in the MGH Behavioral Medicine Service and at the MGH Cancer Center. Her research interests include mental health disparities in the context of chronic diseases and aging.


Dr. Ana-Maria Vranceanu

Dr. Ana-Maria Vranceanu is a staff psychologist in Behavioral Medicine and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her research is broadly focused on behavioral health integration and the use of technology in improving the psychosocial care of medical patients. She is an affiliated researcher in the department of orthopedic surgery, the pain clinic, the neurofibromatosis clinic, the brain health institute and the neuroscience intensive care unit at mgh. Within behavioral medicine, she serves as the director of the neuroscience intensive care unit internship rotation, teaches as part of the behavioral medicine seminar, provides clinical supervision and research mentorship to clinical fellows.


Dr. Timothy Wallace

Dr. Timothy Wallace is a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service. He is also an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wallace’s work focuses on helping medical patients modify behaviors that affect their health and well-being. He also works with individuals with chronic pain, depression and anxiety disorders and is especially interested in the role of exercise and stress management in the amelioration of these problems.


Post-Doctoral Fellows


BatchelderDr. Abigail Batchelder, Ph.D., MPH is a Clinical Psychology Fellow in Behavioral Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on elucidating and reducing psychological barriers to HIV treatment and prevention among underserved people grappling with co-occurring physical and psycholosocial problems, or syndemics (e.g., Hepatitis C, diabetes, substance abuse, poverty, and distress).


Jamie M. Stagl, M.S.Jamie M. Stagl, M.S. is a Clinical Psychology Fellow in Behavioral Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.


Christina M. Luberto, M.A.Christina M. Luberto, M.A. is a Clinical Psychology Fellow in Behavioral Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

 


Pre-Doctoral Fellows


Kelly Shaffer, M.S. is a Clinical Psychology Fellow in Behavioral Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.


Daniel Hall, M.S. is a Clinical Psychology Fellow in Behavioral Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.


Affiliated Faculty and Staff


Dr. Ellen SlawsbyDr. Ellen Slawsby provides individual and couples therapy, specializing in individuals with chronic illness, chronic fatigue, and pain. She received her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is a staff psychologist in Behavioral Medicine, a researcher and clinical trainer at the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) for Mind/Body Medicine as well as Director of the Pain Services at the BHI. Dr. Slawsby is an Assistant Professor in Psychology in the department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Slawsby has published and presented research on chronic medical illness, Infertility, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Disease and Chronic Pain.


Dr. Stephanie SoggDr. Stephanie Sogg earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1998. She is a staff psychologist at the MGH Weight Center, treating patients with obesity and eating disorders. She is the director of the Weight Center rotation for Behavioral Medicine psychology interns, and serves on committees for the national scientific obesity and weight loss surgery societies. Dr. Sogg's clinical and research interests include: Behavioral medicine, obesity, major mental illness, substance use disorders, psychiatric emergency services, and forensic psychology.


Dr Susan SprichDr. Susan Sprich is the Clinical Director of the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Her primary research interests are cognitive-behavioral treatment of ADHD in adults and adolescents, and cognitive-behavioral treatment of Trichotillomania in children, adolescents in adults. Clinically, she treats adults with anxiety, ADHD, mood and OC-Spectrum disorders. She also teaches seminars and does supervision with the interns and residents at MGH. She has a private practice office in Wellesley, MA.


Dr. Ann WebsterDr. Ann Webster is an associate psychologist in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Service, an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a scientist and health psychologist at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine. Dr. Webster has been lecturing on mind/body health and conducting workshops for corporations, hospitals and universities across the globe for over 20 years. Dr. Webster graduated with honors in 1988 from the Department of Health Psychology, Ferkauf Graduate School at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


Research Assistants and Administrative Staff


Peter EhlingerPeter P. Ehlinger, B.A. is a clinical research coordinator in the Behavioral Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Peter graduated from Lawrence University in 2014 with a major in psychology and a minor in anthropology. He primarily assists Dr. Conall O’Cleirigh on “Fostering Resilience to Psychosocial and HIV Risk in Indian MSM.” Peter’s research interests include the role body image plays in influencing health behaviors and mental illness, particularly across multiple populations, including sexual minorities and individuals living with HIV and cancer. After his time at MGH, he plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. He can be reached by phone at (617) 643-1168 or by e-mail at pehlinger@mgh.harvard.edu.


Jessica Coleman.Jessica Coleman, B.A. is a clinical research coordinator in the Behavioral Medicine Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jessica graduated from San Diego State University in 2015 with a major in Psychology and minors in Women’s Studies and English. She primarily assists Dr. Christina Psaros on “Perinatal Depression, Stigma, Social Capital Utilization and PMTCT Adherence“ and Dr. Conall O'Cleirigh on “HIV Prevention and Trauma Treatment for Men Who Have Sex with Men with Childhood Sexual Abuse Histories” and “Integrated Treatment for Smoking Cessation and Emotion Dysregulation in People Living with HIV”. After her time at MGH, she plans to pursue graduate school. She can be reached by phone at (617) 724-0637 or by e-mail at jcoleman9@mgh.harvard.edu.


pierre-louisCatherine Pierre-Louis, BA is a clinical research coordinator in the Behavioral Medicine Program in Massachusetts General Hospital’s psychiatry department. Cat graduated from Boston University in 2015 with a major in psychology in a minor in Public Health. Currently, she works primarily with Dr. Sannisha K. Dale on “STEP-AD Striving Towards Empowerment and Medication Adherence”. Her research interests include the development of cognitive-behavioral community based programs to treat adult psychopathology, specifically trauma related symptomatology and mood disorders, and reducing health disparities- both among minority populations. Cat plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical/health psychology. She can be reached by phone at (617) 643-4566 or e-mail at catpierre@mgh.harvard.edu.


Former Staff and Trainees


Dr. Aaron J. BlashillDr. Aaron J. Blashill is an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University. He also serves as an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on the role body image plays in influencing health behaviors (e.g., sexual risk behaviors, medication adherence, skin cancer risk behaviors, depression, steroid use, and eating pathology). Dr. Blashill has examined these behaviors across multiple populations, including gay and bisexual men, adolescent boys, and individuals living with HIV.


Dr. Matthew Mimiaga

Dr. Matthew Mimiaga is a Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Social Sciences, and Director of the Institute for Community Health Promotion at Brown University. He has expertise in designing and conducting intervention trials in HIV sexual risk reduction, substance use disorder treatment and prevention, and HIV medication adherence with a variety of populations, including individuals in resource limited countries, sexual minority groups, and adolescents. He has co-authored more than 100 articles, chapters and other publications on HIV/AIDS and related infectious disease topics. His main research interests include HIV/AIDS, sexual minority health, mental health and substance use disorders, psychiatric and infectious disease epidemiology, and global health.


Founder and Director (2004-2015)


Dr. Steven Safren

Dr. Steven Safren is the founder of the Behavioral Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is currently a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. Dr. Safren received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University at Albany (State University of New York) in 1998, and did his internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts GeneralHospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Safren is board certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

Dr. Safren's research focus is on cognitive behavioral intervention development and testing, particularly in the areas of HIV and other chronic illnesses, as well as adult ADHD. Dr. Safren has over 200 peer-reviewed professional publications as well as numerous chapters and commentaries, and 3 books. Notable works include the first U.S. based treatment trial of a psychosocial intervention for adult ADHD published in JAMA in 2010, and studies of CBT to treat depression and promote medical adherence in individuals with HIV and diabetes.   He has been the PI or protocol chair of 10 NIH-funded grants in these areas. His work in HIV has been extended nationally and internationally, and he has regularly served as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health's study sections that review grants related to behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS. He has published treatment manuals for therapists working with adults with ADHD and working with individuals with depression that co-occurs with a chronic medical illness.  

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