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Rachel A. Millstein, PhD

  • Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Program
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, MGH and HMS


Accepting New Patients




Medical Education
  • PhD, San Diego State University
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Foreign Languages
  • French
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health - MGH
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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My clinical work includes evidence-based therapies including CBT, ACT, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based strategies for managing depression, anxiety disorders, and chronic health conditions. 

Research & Publications

Research Summary

View my most recent research

My research focuses on developing multilevel interventions to promote health behaviors and well-being, broadly with an eye toward obesity and chronic disease prevention. I study the role of emotions in health behavior change, including the use of positive psychology.  My research has also focused on patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as children and older adults. 


View my most recent publications at PubMed

  1. Millstein RA, Quintiliani LM, Sharpe AL. Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: Increasing funding for the NIH OBSSR to promote timely and effective behavioral medicine research. Transl Behav Med2018 Mar 1;8(2):309-312doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibx022. PubMed PMID: 29506256; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6457085
    Millstein RA, Celano CM, Beale EE, Beach SR, Suarez L, Belcher AM, Januzzi JL, Huffman JC. The effects of optimism and gratitude on adherence, functioning and mental health following an acute coronary syndrome. Gen Hosp Psychiatry2016 Nov - Dec;43:17-22doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2016.08.006. Epub 2016 Aug 30. PubMed PMID: 27796252.


Psychiatry-Outpatient Services
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-724-5512

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