Behavioral Medicine Program

The Behavioral Medicine Program (BMED) at Massachusetts General Hospital includes clinical, research and training activities that focus on the intersection of psychology and health.

Overview

behavioral medicine doctor with patient
Dr. Christina Psaros consults with a patient.

The Behavioral Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital provides specialized care at the intersection of psychology and health for patients impacted by both medical and psychiatric conditions through clinical work, professional training and research.

Since the program's founding by Steven A. Safren, PhD in 2004, the treatment programs and research conducted by the Behavioral Medicine Program have emphasized the use of validated, state-of-the art treatment interventions based on the latest research to help patients reach their best levels of mental and physical health.

Learn More About Our Program

Behavioral medicine clinical services

Our program provides short-term, skills-based, structured interventions and we specialize in providing cognitive behavioral therapy. Find out more about the clinical services we offer and learn how to make a referral.

Research in behavioral medicine

Our research portfolio aims to develop and improve treatments to help individuals with a variety of health and medical conditions and those who are at risk for the development of a health condition.

Meet our staff

Our staff is dedicated to helping patients both through direct clinical service and through conducting research to find new ways to improve care.

Behavioral medicine programs for psychology trainees

We are committed to training the next generation of clinical researchers in behavioral medicine through our predoctoral and postdoctoral programs.

A Collaborative Approach

The Behavioral Medicine Program (BMED) works closely with other medical departments within Mass General including:

Our Approach

behavioral medicine doctor

The Behavioral Medicine Program (BMED) specializes in providing cognitive behavioral therapy-based interventions that are typically short-term, skills-based and tailored to the patient's individual needs.

Who We Serve

Referrals to the BMED program are typically received for the following types of patients:

  • Patients with chronic illness and a mental health condition (e.g., depression) who would benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy interventions
  • Patients experiencing distress that may be affecting their health (e.g., a cardiology patient who may benefit from stress management)
  • Patients who may need help coping with an acute or chronic medical condition (whether or not they have a psychiatric diagnosis). For example, treatment may target adjusting to a new diagnosis, improving self-care or increasing adherence to medical treatment.

About Our Treatment Model

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the primary treatments applied within the BMED program. CBT focuses on helping the individual develop personal coping strategies with the goal of solving current problems changing unhealthy patterns of thought, behavior and emotion. While it was originally developed for the treatment of depression, CBT has proven highly effective for treatment of mental health conditions across many medical diagnoses.

The BMED program has extensive experience in applying CBT to medical conditions such as HIV, diabetes (Types 1 & 2), cancer, epilepsy, pain and sleep problems. Our faculty also conduct clinical research aimed at developing new treatments and expanding our understanding of how to improve the way current treatments are applied.

What You Can Expect from Treatment

Treatment typically begins with an initial evaluation with your doctor over one or two visits. Once the evaluation is completed, the patient and provider will discuss treatment goals and a plan for achieving these goals.

The length of treatment varies but typically lasts 8 to 16 weekly sessions. Providers in Behavioral Medicine regularly coordinate care with other Mass General providers involved in the patient's care.
 

Staff

Faculty

  • Dr. Conall O’Cleirigh

    Director & Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
    Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: 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).

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. O’Cleirigh’s clinical specialties include the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat depression and other mood disorders and in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder and the full spectrum of anxiety disorders. His clinical work also focuses on assisting patients with the management of acute and chronic medical illnesses.

    Training activities: Dr. O’Cleirigh is a member of the intern selection committee, the psychology training committee, and provides research supervision to trainees.

  • Christina Psaros, PhD

    Associate Director & Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
    Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Psaros' research focuses on psychosocial aspects of HIV care and prevention (particularly among women) both in the United States and in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Psaros’ clinical work focuses primarily on women’s mental health.

    Training activities: Dr. Psaros is a member of the intern selection committee, the psychology training committee, and runs research supervision for the Behavioral Medicine interns. She has several data sets available from which trainees may propose analyses.

  • C. Andres Bedoya, PhD

    Assistant Clinical Director & Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
    Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Bedoya’s research focuses on improving medical and mental health outcomes of minorities, including through the development of culturally competent evidence-based interventions.

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Bedoya’s clinical expertise focuses on the treatment of depression, trauma/PTSD and adherence to medical treatment, particularly among underserved groups.

    Training activities: Dr. Bedoya is a member of the intern selection committee, provides clinical supervision of Behavioral Medicine trainees, coordinates the BMED Seminar series, and leads the Multicultural Seminar within the clinical internship’s Professional Seminar series.

  • Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD

    Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Integration & Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
    Associate Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Vranceanu is primarily interested in behavioral health integration in specialty clinic through the development of brief skills based interventions (in person and through live video) aimed at preventing psychiatric illness and/or improving coping and symptom management. She currently conducts research with patients with neurological illness (e.g., acute neurological injuries in the Neuro-ICU, stroke, TBI, neurofibromatoses), and pain (acute and chronic pain)

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Vranceanu has a limited clinical practice focused primarily on teaching coping skills to patients with neurological illness and with pain concerns.

    Training activities: Dr. Vranceanu serves as a clinical and research supervisor for pre and postdoctoral interns. She is a member of the intern selection committee. She has multiple clinical research opportunities for trainees such as: 1) study therapist for clinical trials delivered via live video in patients with orthopedic pain, neurofibromatosis and stroke; 2) data analyses and manuscript preparation (existing data sets, multiple opportunities available); and 3) grant writing (own grant or collaboration). 

  • Sannisha K. Dale, PhD, EdM

    Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
    Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Dale’s research interests include (a) enhancing our understanding of the relationships between resilience, trauma, and health outcomes among individuals with HIV and those at risk, (b) investigating psychosocial (e.g. discrimination) and structural environmental factors (e.g. poverty) that relate to HIV health disparities, and (c) 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 racial minority (e.g. Blacks/African Americans) and sexual minority (e.g. men who have sex with men) groups who are heavily burdened by the HIV epidemic.

    Clinical interests and activities:  Dr. Dale’s clinical work focuses on trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, adherence to treatment for chronic illnesses, cross-cultural issues, mood and anxiety disorders, and the delivery of cognitive behavioral therapy. 

    Training activities: Dr. Dale provides clinical supervision to Behavioral Medicine interns and is a member of the intern selection committee, Psychiatry Department Diversity Center, and the Community Advisory Board of the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research.

  • Mark J. Gorman, PhD

    Staff Psychologist & Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Behavioral Medicine
    Staff Psychologist, Mass General Weight Center
    Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Gorman’s research interests include obesity medicine, combination therapy for obesity management, and adherence factors associated with behavioral medicine treatment.

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Gorman’s work focuses helping individuals with insomnia, obesity/eating disorders, body image disturbance, depression, and anxiety disorders – with a special focus on cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), stress management, and lifestyle change.

    Training activities: Dr. Gorman provides clinical supervision to trainees.

  • Joseph Greer, PhD

    Clinical Director of Psychology & Research Scientist, Center for Psychiatric Oncology and Behavioral Sciences
    Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Greer provides clinical care and conducts research at the Behavioral Medicine Service and at the Mass General 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.

    Clinical interests and activities: 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.

    Training activities: Dr. Greer is a member of the intern selection committee.

  • Robert Knauz, PhD

    Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
    Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Training activities: Dr. Knauz provides clinical supervision to trainees.

  • Allison Labbe, PhD

    Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
    Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Labbe’s 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.

    Training activities: Dr. Labbe provides clinical supervision to trainees.

  • Jonathan Lerner, PhD

    Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
    Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Research Interests and activities: Dr. Lerner's clinical and research interests are in the areas of behavioral medicine and adult anxiety disorders.  Dr. Lerner also has a special interest in the intersection of technology and psychology, including Internet-based psychological assessment and treatment, telemedicine, electronic data capture, and data management for clinical trials.

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Lerner’s clinical interests are in the areas of behavioral medicine and adult anxiety disorders. In addition to providing clinical care to patients in Behavioral Medicine Program, he also provides clinical care, consultation, and training to several medical services, including the Department of Neurology’s Institute for Brain Health (IBH), the Department of Gastroenterology’s Digestive Healthcare Center and Crohn’s and Colitis Center, and the Internal Medicine Associates (IMA). In addition to his work at Mass Genearl, Dr. Lerner has a private practice office in Cambridge, MA.

    Training activities: Dr. Lerner provides clinical supervision to Behavioral Medicine interns and post-doctoral fellows.

  • Jessica Magidson, PhD

    Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
    Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Magidson's research focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based substance use treatment, including (1) examining peer and lay counselor delivery for integration of substance use treatment into primary care in the US and sub-Saharan Africa; and (2) addressing the intersection of substance use and HIV medication adherence.

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Magidson's clinical work focuses primarily on mindfulness-based interventions for depression and anxiety among adults.

    Training activities: Dr. Magidson is a member of the clinical internship selection committee and conducts individual clinical supervision for trainees.

  • Elyse Park, PhD

    Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
    Director of Behavioral Health Research, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Director of Behavioral Health Research, Tobacco Research and Treatment Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Faculty, Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Associate Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Park’s clinical research focuses on motivational and behavioral intervention development, particularly for chronic stress and behavioral treatments for cancer patients and survivors.

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Park provides care to patients referred to the Behavioral Medicine Service.

    Training activities: Dr. Park is a member of the BMED clinical internship selection committee and conducts clinical and research supervision for trainees.

  • Giselle Perez, PhD

    Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
    Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Perez’s research focuses on the development of integrative mind-body and behavioral interventions to promote health behavior change, health service use, and treatment outcomes for patients throughout the cancer spectrum.

    Clinical interests and activities: Clinically, Dr. Perez works closely with cancer patients and survivors as well as patients suffering from anxiety. 

    Training activities: Dr. Perez provides research supervision to trainees.

  • Lara Traeger, PhD

    Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry
    Member, Cancer Outcomes Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Traeger’s research focuses on improving health behaviors and quality of life in adults with cancer. She also conducts research on strategies to enhance resilience in medical providers.

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Traeger specializes in the care of adults with cancer and other chronic medical conditions.

    Training activities: Dr. Traeger is a member of the psychology intern selection and training committees and she leads the psychology dissertation seminar. She provides clinical research mentorship and consultation to interns, fellows and junior faculty.

  • Timothy Wallace, PhD

    Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine
    Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

    Clinical interests and activities: 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.

    Training activities:  Dr. Wallace provides clinical supervision to trainees.

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Abigail Batchelder, PhD, MPH

    Clinical Psychology Fellow in Behavioral Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Batchelder’s 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).

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Batchelder’s clinical interests focus on improving health-related self-care, affective disorders, and substance use.

  • Daniel L. Hall, PhD

    Clinical Fellow in Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Research Fellow in Integrative Medicine (T32), Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Hall’s research focuses on uncertainty and stress management in the context of cancer and chronic illnesses.

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Hall’s clinical work focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy with adults and adjustment to illness.

  • Jamie Jacobs, PhD

    Clinical Fellow in Psychology, Behavioral Medicine; Center for Psychiatric Oncology and Behavioral Sciences, Mass General Cancer Center; Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Jacobs’s research interests include psychosocial adaptation to cancer diagnosis and treatment, and evidence-based interventions to improve physical and emotional outcomes and symptom management for patients with cancer and cancer survivors.

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Jacobs’s clinical work focuses primarily on psychosocial adjustment to cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

  • Christina Luberto, PhD

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School Integrative Medicine Research; Mass General Behavioral Medicine Service & Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Luberto’s research focuses on mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapies and other mind-body interventions for reducing emotional risk factors and improving pro-social outcomes in medical populations.

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Luberto’s clinical work focuses on delivering individualized mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral therapy to adults with emotional problems and co-occurring medical problems.

  • Greer A. Raggio, PhD

    Clinical Psychology Fellow, Behavioral Medicine

    Research interests and activities: Dr. Raggio's research explores the psychosocial aspects of HIV among women, physical/mental health challenges associated with female reproductive transitions, and weight/body image issues related to chronic disease.

    Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Raggio's clinical interests include adjustment to chronic medical illness, women's mental/behavioral health, and behavioral weight management.

Predoctoral Fellows

  • Karmel Choi, MA, PhD Candidate

    Clinical Psychology Fellow in Behavioral Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Impact of trauma on women's health and mental health across the reproductive life cycle, with a focus on (1) maternal depression/PTSD and child outcomes, and (2) health behaviors during the perinatal period, particularly substance use and HIV care engagement. Also, broadly interested in disentangling influences of PTSD and depression on health and behavior.

    Clinical interests and activities: Mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, women's health

  • Emily Zale, MS, PhD Candidate

    Clinical Psychology Fellow in Behavioral Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

    Research interests and activities: Application of multiple research methodologies (e.g., experimental, cross-sectional, clinical interventions) to the study of co-occurring substance use (e.g., tobacco smoking, alcohol, prescription opioids) and chronic medical conditions (e.g., chronic pain, HIV), including identification of modifiable mechanisms of complex, reciprocal relationships. Translational clinical research, with an emphasis on the development of novel interventions that can be disseminated in medical settings.

    Clinical interests and activities: Integrated Healthcare, Behavioral Medicine, Comorbid Psychopathology and Chronic Medical Conditions, Substance Use Disorders and Chronic Medical Conditions

Affiliated Faculty and Staff

  • Ellen Slawsby, PhD

    Dr. 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.

  • Stephanie Sogg, PhD

    Dr. 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.

  • Susan Sprich, PhD

    Dr. 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 Mass General. She has a private practice office in Wellesley, MA.

  • Ann Webster, PhD

    Dr. 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 & Administrative Staff

  • Catherine Pierre-Louis

    617-643-4566

    Catherine Pierre-Louis is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Behavioral Medicine Program at Massachuseets General Hoispital. She assists Dr. Sannisha Dale (Striving Towards EmPowerment) and Dr. Ana-Maria Vranceanu (Preventing depression and Post traumatic stress in patients admitted to the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and their caregivers, Preventing chronic depression and PTSD in patients with stroke and their primary caregivers, Resiliency Training for Adolescents with NF1 and NF2 delivered via videoconferencing with Skype) with their research.

    Her research and clinical interests lie in the areas of health disparity reduction, Mental health advocacy, and the development of cognitive-behavioral community based programs to treat psychopathology, specifically trauma related symptomatology and mood disorders, all among ethnic minority (i.e. Black/African-American) populations. She is a member of both the Women & Girls HIV Working Group at the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research and the Data and Evaluation Team and the Getting to Zero Initiative in Boston, MA.

    She can be reached by email at catpierre@mgh.harvard.edu.

  • Jessica Coleman

    617-724-0637

    Jessica Coleman is a clinical research coordinator in the Behavioral Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jessica graduated from San Diego State University in 2015 with a BA in Psychology and minors in English and Women’s Studies. She works with Dr. Christina Psaros, Dr. Conall O’Cleirigh and Dr. Jessica Magidson on several HIV care and prevention projects, including “Perinatal Depression, Stigma, Social Capital Utilization and PMTCT Adherence“ (PI: Psaros), “HIV Prevention and Trauma Treatment for Men Who Have Sex with Men with Childhood Sexual Abuse Histories” (PI: O’Cleirigh), “Fostering Resilience to Psychosocial and HIV Risk in Indian Men Who Have Sex with Men” (PIs: O’Cleirigh, Mimiaga, Safren), and “Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Trial for ART Adherence and Substance Use in HIV Care in South Africa” (PI: Magidson). Jessica is currently applying to Clinical Psychology PhD programs to begin in Fall 2017.

    She can be reached by e-mail at jcoleman9@mgh.harvard.edu.

Former Staff & Trainees

  • Steven Safren, PhD

    Founder and Former Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program (2004-2015)

    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 PhD 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 General Hospital/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.

  • Aaron J. Blashill

    Dr. 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.

  • Michael Boroughs, PhD

    Michael Boroughs, PhD is faculty member at the University of Windsor. Dr. Boroughs earned his PhD 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.

  • Matthew Mimiaga, PhD

    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.

Appointments

How to Schedule an Appointment

For Prospective Patients


There are two ways to set up an initial evaluation:

  • Request a referral from your Mass General primary care provider
  • Call the Psychiatry Access Line (617-724-7792) and request an appointment with a provider in Behavioral Medicine

Once you have requested an evaluation, you will be matched to a provider by insurance panel and provider availability.

NOTE: Due to the numerous requests received by Behavioral Medicine, you must have an Mass General primary care provider to become a patient.

For Prospective Referrers


To refer a patient, please contact the Psychiatry Access Line (617-724-7792) and specify that you would like to refer your patient to Behavioral Medicine. If you have questions about services or the referral process, please contact staff psychologist Andres Bedoya, PhD.

 

NOTE: The Psychiatry Department at Mass General does not accept all medical insurances and the types of insurance accepted by individual providers also varies. If patients do not have an insurance accepted by the department, the patient may elect to self-pay if allowed by the insurance.

Research Activities

The Behavioral Medicine Program (BMED) is at the forefront of research focused on developing, validating and disseminating psychosocial interventions to help individuals with a variety of health and medical issues. We conduct research both domestically and internationally across three continents. To learn more about the specific projects we are currently conducting or to learn about enrolling, please visit our Behavioral Medicine Research page.

Learn more about BMED research


Please visit our support page to find out how you can help us continue our mission.

Professional Training

Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Programs

The Behavioral Medicine Program (BMED) is very involved in training the next generation of behavioral medicine researchers through both predoctoral and postdoctoral training opportunities.

Predoctoral Internship

Predoctoral trainees can apply for the APA-approved clinical Internship in Clinical Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Within the internship, there are two intern spots for the Behavioral Medicine Elective available each year.

The Internship in Clinical Psychology includes the following rotations:

  • Outpatient psychiatry
  • Neuroscience intensive care unit
  • Weight Center
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Blake 11

Learn more about rotations

The Internship in Clinical Psychology also offers other potential rotations:

  • Gastroenterology service
  • The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health

Learn more about the internship

Postdoctoral Training

The BMED Program provides additional training in clinical and research methods by offering postdoctoral fellowships. Since 2004, BMED has trained numerous postdoctoral fellows, many of whom stay on to become full-time faculty at Mass General/Harvard Medical School. Other fellows have taken tenure-track positions in academic psychology departments.

These fellowships depend on the status of various internal and external funding mechanisms. Typically, we know about the availability of postdoctoral positions for July or September after the end of January of that year.

Global Psychiatric Research Training

We also offer a postdoctoral training opportunity through the Global Psychiatric Clinical Research Training Program, a National Institute of Mental Health-funded T32 fellowship organized in collaboration with the Division of Global Psychiatry at Mass General. This fellowship is a protected time clinical research fellowship devoted to providing training to fellows interested in clinical research careers in global mental health. Fellows are mentored by Conall O’Cleirigh, PhD.

Training opportunities may be available at a few different sites:

  • Cape Town, South Africa: focused on evaluating nurse-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy intervention for HIV medication adherence and depression
  • India: focused on HIV prevention among men who have sex with men

More details about the fellowship can be found Mental Health Innovation Network's website. For more information about potential clinical research opportunities available in the upcoming year, please email Christina Psaros, MD.

Learn more about global psychiatry training

Support Our Mission

Our Work

The Behavioral Medicine Program (BMED) is dedicated to providing improving the mental health of those affected by illness. We aim to provide better diagnosis and treatment for medical and psychosomatic disorders through both research and training and to make these services more widely available.

Our goal is to improve the lives of our patients through both direct clinical care and patient-centered research.

Global Involvement

The BMED Program conducts extensive research and training outside of the United States in numerous resource-limited settings, including numerous HIV treatment and prevention studies in Asia, Africa and South America

How You Can support Our Mission

Your charitable donations will help us reach these goals. We welcome and appreciate donations of any size, large or small, to help us reach our mission to increase the availability of innovative treatments and effective care for patients and their families.

For more information about making a donation, please contact Carol Taylor, the Senior Development Officer for Psychiatry.

Future Goals

  • Increase the number of clinical collaborations with other medical services at Mass General to meet the demand for Behavioral Medicine clinical care
  • Consolidate recent growth in our research initiatives and continue the growth of the program’s research portfolio of treatment development in medical populations
  • Train the next generation of behavioral medicine scientists
  • Facilitate the transition of our junior faculty to independent scientists

Contact

Behavioral Medicine Program

One Bowdoin Square, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

  Near Public Transit
  Accessible

For clinical services, including new appointments, please call the Mass General Psychiatry Access Line and request an appointment with a provider in the Behavioral Medicine Program.

Mass General Psychiatry Access Line: 617-724-7792

 

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