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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.
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.
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.
Our staff is dedicated to helping patients both through direct clinical service and through conducting research to find new ways to improve care.
We are committed to training the next generation of clinical researchers in behavioral medicine through our predoctoral and postdoctoral programs.
The Behavioral Medicine Program (BMED) works closely with other medical departments within Mass General including:
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.
Referrals to the BMED program are typically received for the following types of patients:
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.
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.
Director & Staff Psychologist, Behavioral MedicineAssistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical SchoolAssociate Director, Global Psychiatry Training FellowshipAssociate Director, Harvard University Center for AIDS Research Behavioral and Social Sciences Core
Research interests and activities: Dr. O'Cleirigh is a clinical psychologist who specializes in adapting cognitive behavioral technologies for specific application to issues related to HIV prevention and treatment. His research interests include mental health, substance use (particularly smoking cessation research), LGBT health, and HIV treatment and prevention, and he has substantial experience designing and conducting intervention (and intervention development) trials in HIV treatment and prevention both inside and outside the United States. To date, he has participated in nine NIH funded efficacy trials evaluating cognitive-behavioral technologies to effect beneficial changes in mental health and health behaviors (i.e., sexual risk, stress management, PTSD symptom severity, depression treatment, treatment adherence, smoking cessation) in people living with, or at risk for, HIV and has participated in more than 20 NIH review committees. Dr. O’Cleirigh also has extensive experience leading international mental health interventions–he currently has active projects in South Africa, India, Zimbabwe and other international settings. He also has a diverse portfolio of domestic research projects in LGBT health disparities and HIV treatment and prevention.
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. He has expertise in working with sexual minorities and assisting patients with the management of acute and chronic medical illnesses.
Training activities: Dr. O’Cleirigh has multiple mentoring roles within Mass General and Harvard Medical School (HMS). He provides clinical and research mentorship as director of the Behavioral Medicine Track of the Mass General/HMS American Psychological Association-accredited Internship in Clinical Psychology. Dr. O’Cleirigh also serves as associate director of the Behavioral & Social Sciences Core of the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research, where he provides mentorship to junior investigators, and as associate director of the Mass General/HMS Global Psychiatry Fellowship. Finally, he also provides mentorship to junior colleagues and trainees on issues related to LGBT health initiatives through his work at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health, Boston, MA.
Associate Director & Staff Psychologist, Behavioral MedicineAssistant 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.
Assistant Clinical Director & Staff Psychologist, Behavioral MedicineAssistant 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.
Staff Psychologist, Behavioral MedicineAssistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Research interests and activities: Dr. Batchelder’s research focuses on understanding and addressing psychological barriers to HIV treatment and prevention, including stigma and shame, among underserved people living with substance use and other stigmatized identities (e.g., being a sexual minority). Her work is currently focused on developing and refining technology-enhanced interventions for people living with intersecting stigmatized identities including being a sexual minority and living with HIV and substance use disorders.
Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Batchelder’s clinical interests include improving health-related self-care, affective disorders, trauma and substance use.
Training activities: Dr. Batchelder is a member of the intern selection committee and provides clinical and research supervision to Behavioral Medicine trainees.
Staff Psychologist & Director of Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Behavioral MedicineStaff Psychologist, Mass General Weight CenterInstructor 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.
Program Director, Center for Psychiatric Oncology and Behavioral SciencesAssociate Director, Cancer Outcomes Research ProgramAssistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Research interests and activities: Dr. Greer’s research focuses on the development and testing of supportive care interventions for patients with cancer. As the principal investigator and collaborator on numerous grant-funded projects, he is studying the application of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety in patients with cancer; the use of mobile technology to promote symptom management and adherence to oral chemotherapy medications; the delivery of brief behavioral interventions for breathlessness in patients with advanced lung cancer; and the benefits of early palliative care integrated with standard oncology care. He also collaborates on a variety of supportive care studies in the Mass General Cancer Outcomes Research Program.
Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Greer's clinical work focuses on the recognition and treatment of psychological distress in patients with cancer, including palliative and end-of-life care. He provides CBT in the outpatient clinic of the Center for Psychiatric Oncology & Behavioral Sciences at the Mass General Cancer Center
Training activities: Dr. Greer is a member of the Behavioral Medicine internship selection committee and provides didactics and clinical supervision for Behavioral Medicine interns and fellows. In addition, he mentors junior investigators from oncology, psychiatry, palliative care, and psychology within the Mass General Cancer Outcomes Research Program.
Staff Psychologist, Center for Psychiatric Oncology and Behavioral Sciences Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical SchoolMember, Cancer Outcomes Research Program, Mass General Cancer Center Faculty, Mongan Institute for Health Policy
Research interests and activities: Dr. Jacobs’s research focuses on psychosocial adaptation to cancer diagnosis and treatment, and evidence-based interventions to reduce distress, manage symptoms and improve adherence to treatment for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and family caregivers.
Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Jacobs’s clinical interests include CBT for psychosocial adjustment and coping to cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
Training activities: Dr. Jacobs provides clinical and research supervision to trainees and is part of the BMED internship selection committee.
Staff Psychologist, Behavioral MedicineInstructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Training activities: Dr. Knauz provides clinical supervision to trainees.
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.
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 the 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 General, Dr. Lerner has a private practice office in Cambridge, MA.
Training activities: Dr. Lerner provides clinical supervision to Behavioral Medicine interns and postdoctoral fellows.
Staff Psychologist, Department of PsychiatryAssistant in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Research interests and activities: Dr. Millstein’s research focuses on developing multilevel interventions to promote physical activity and improve diet, broadly with an eye toward obesity prevention and chronic disease prevention. She is interested in the role of emotions in health behavior change, including the use of positive psychology to improve well-being and health behaviors. Her work has also focused on patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as children and older adults.
Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Millstein’s clinical work includes CBT, ACT and mindfulness-based strategies for managing depression, anxiety disorders and chronic health conditions.
Training activities: Dr. Millstein provides research supervision to trainees.
Staff Psychologist, Behavioral MedicineDirector of Behavioral Health Research, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body MedicineDirector of Behavioral Health Research, Tobacco Research and Treatment CenterAssociate Director of Survivorship Research and Psychosocial Services, Mass General Cancer Center Survivorship ProgramFaculty, Mongan Institute for Health Policy CenterAssociate 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 cancer patients and survivors 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. She has a mid-level career grant from the NCI to provide mentorship to investigators conducting patient-oriented clinical research.
Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Member, Cancer Outcomes Research Program, Mass General Cancer CenterMember, Cancer Survivorship ProgramFaculty, Mongan Institute for Health PolicyInstructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Research interests and activities: Dr. Perez is strongly committed to identifying innovative solutions to improve health care equity, quality and outcomes among vulnerable, underserved and minority groups. Her 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 and is part of the clinical internship selection committee.
Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Program and Center for Psychiatric OncologyMember, Cancer Outcomes Research Program, Mass General Cancer CenterAssociate Director, Qualitative Research UnitAssistant 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 affected by cancer. She also conducts research on stress and enhance resilience in oncology clinicians.
Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Traeger specializes in the care of adults affected by cancer and other chronic medical conditions.
Training activities: Dr. Traeger is a member of the psychology intern selection and training committees. She provides clinical research mentorship and consultation to interns, fellows and junior faculty. She also provides qualitative research training and consultations.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Behavioral MedicineAssistant Professor, 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.
Clinical Research Fellow in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry
Research interests and activities: Dr. Feig’s research focuses on understanding factors that predict proneness to weight gain and disordered eating, and to developing interventions to promote heath behaviors in patients with obesity. She is particularly interested in the use of positive psychology to improve well-being and health behaviors in patients who have had bariatric surgery.
Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Feig sees patients through the Behavioral Medicine clinic and the Mass General Weight Center. She uses cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-based approaches for weight management, disordered eating, adjustment to chronic medical conditions, and related depression and anxiety.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavioral Medicine
Research interests and activities: Psychosocial (e.g., trauma) and structural (e.g., unstable housing) factors that influence HIV/STI risk and survival in HIV. How these factors are related to HIV-related disparities specifically for Blacks and Latinxs. Developing effective and culturally sensitive interventions for racial and sexual minorities at high risk for HIV infection or poorer HIV prognosis.Currently serving as Project Director for NIMH-funded R01 study treating depression and HIV medication adherence in HIV-infected individuals in Zimbabwe.
Clinical interests and activities: LGBT mental health, trauma treatment using cognitive processing therapy, cross-cultural issues, mood and anxiety disorder treatment using cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches.
Clinical Fellow in Psychology, Behavioral MedicineResearch 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 includes cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based interventions, with a focus on managing fears of illness recurrence or progression.
Clinical Research Fellow in Psychology, Behavioral MedicineResearch Fellow in Integrative Medicine (T32), Harvard Medical School
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. She recently received a K23 award from NCCIH to explore the feasibility of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy delivered via online videoconferencing for depression treatment in patients with cardiovascular disease.
Clinical interests and activities: Dr. Luberto’s clinical work focuses on delivering mind-body interventions to adults with emotional problems and co-occurring medical problems, and providing smoking cessation counseling to patients undergoing screening for lung cancer.
Clinical Research Fellow in Behavioral Medicine and Internal Medicine
Research interests and activities: Epidemiology and prevention of chronic cardiometabolic conditions (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity); behavioral economics; worksite and community health interventions; reduction of socioeconomic and ethnic/racial health disparities.
Clinical interests and activities: Behavioral medicine, behavioral health integration, psychosocial adjustment to chronic medical and neurological conditions and cultural issues in health, particularly among underserved groups.
PhD CandidateClinical Psychology Fellow in Behavioral Medicine
Research interests and activities: Psycho-oncology, blood and marrow transplant, patient-reported outcomes, evidence-based treatment programs to alleviate physical and emotional side effects of cancer and treatment and improve quality of life, wearable sensor technology, mHealth interventions
Clinical interests and activities: Psychosocial care across the cancer trajectory from diagnosis to survivorship, adjustment to chronic illness, symptom management (e.g., treatment for insomnia, fatigue, pain, cognitive impairment), evidence-based practice, targeted cognitive behavioral therapy-based interventions
Research interests and activities: Developing effective psychosocial interventions that promote sexual and reproductive health; facilitating sexual communication in individuals and couples at risk for poor sexual health, particularly among those living with HIV or cancer; reducing sexual shame and stigma in primary care settings.
Clinical interests and activities: Women’s mental/behavioral health, psychosocial adjustment to chronic medical conditions, sexual dysfunction and trauma in underserved groups.
Dr. Sannisha Dale is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. Dr. Dale completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Boston University in 2014, postdoctoral fellowship at Mass General in 2015, predoctoral fellowship at Mass General in 2014, and a master’s degree in human development and psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005.
Her primary research interests are enhancing our understanding of the relationships between resilience, trauma, and health outcomes among individuals with HIV and those at risk for HIV, investigating psychosocial and structural factors that relate to health disparities, developing effective prevention and intervention strategies to promote resilience and good health outcomes, and engaging community members and stakeholders in research.
Dr. Dale has received the Rhoda Johnson-Tuckett Award for Commitment to Community-Engaged Research from the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research and a Community Hero Award from the Health Services Division of Action for Boston Community Development.
Jeanne Fama, PhD, completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Harvard University in 2005 and is currently an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fama provides clinical care and consultation through Mass General’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Medicine Programs and through her multi-site private practice. Her clinical and research foci include: obsessive compulsive disorders, anxiety and sleep disorders and stress management. She has a special interest in the application of empirically supported, data-driven methods to improve clinical care and to refine and promote technologically innovative, secure healthcare communications.
Jessica Magidson, PhD, is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park (primary appointment as of January 2018), as well as the director of the Global Mental Health and Addiction Program. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Magidson was formerly a staff psychologist in Behavioral Medicine and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based substance use treatment, including examining peer and lay counselor delivery for integration of substance use treatment into primary care in the US and sub-Saharan Africa and addressing the intersection of substance use and HIV medication adherence. Dr. Magidson’s clinical work focuses primarily on mindfulness-based interventions for depression and anxiety among adults.
Greer Raggio, PhD, MPH, is currently a psychologist at the National Center for Weight and Wellness in Washington, D.C. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in behavioral weight management and bariatrics. Dr. Raggio earned her MPH in Environmental Health from Columbia University, and her PhD in clinical psychology from Drexel University. Dr. Raggio was formerly a clinical psychology research fellow in behavioral medicine, where she was awarded a grant by the Harvard Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) to develop a lifestyle modification program for women living with HIV. Dr. Raggio’s clinical and research interests include adjustment to chronic disease, women’s behavioral health and behavioral weight management. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed publications and has presented her findings at numerous national conferences.
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, earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers University in 1998. She is a staff psychologist at the Weight Center, treating patients with obesity and eating disorders. She is the director of the Weight Center rotation for Behavioral Medicine psychology interns. Dr. Sogg is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and serves on committees and in the leadership within the national scientific obesity and weight loss surgery societies. Dr. Sogg's clinical and research interests include behavioral medicine, obesity, weight loss surgery and substance use disorders.
Susan Sprich, PhD is the director of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program at Mass General . She is the director of the Postgraduate Psychology Education Program for the Mass General Psychiatry Academy. 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.
Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD, is the founder and director of the Integrated Brain Health Clinical and Research Program. She is also an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Vranceanu is an expert in developing, testing and integrating brief in-person or live video-based skills interventions for patients, caregivers or patient-caregiver pairs. These interventions are aimed at promoting recovery after injury and optimizing management of chronic illness. She is also an expert in the integration of psychosocial interventions into primary and specialty care.
Samantha Marquez is a project manager/data manager in the Behavioral Medicine Program and a project coordinator at Fenway Health. Samantha received her BA from Boston University in 2014 in psychology and her MSW from Wheelock College in 2016. She earned her LCSW in 2017. Samantha works with Dr. Conall O’Cleirigh on his international and domestic projects including, “The TENDAI Study: Task Shifting to Treat Depression and HIV Medication Nonadherence in Low Resource Settings” (Mass General, PIs: O’Cleirigh, Abas) and “Development of a Trauma Informed Intervention to Support Adaptive Engagement in Care among MSM Living with HIV” (Fenway Health, PI: O’Cleirigh). Additionally, she provides administrative support for the Behavioral Sciences Research Program at Fenway Health (Director: O’Cleirigh) and the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (HU CFAR; HU CFAR Bio-Behavioral and Community Sciences Core, Associate Director: O’Cleirigh).
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia Goodman is a clinical research coordinator in the Behavioral Medicine Program at Mass General and a research assistant in the Behavioral Sciences Research Program at Fenway Health. She received her BS from Tufts University in 2017 with high honors in psychology and international relations. At Mass General , Georgia works with Dr. Christina Psaros and former clinical psychology research fellow Dr. Greer Raggio on multiple women’s HIV studies, including “Developing a Resilience Intervention for Older, HIV-Infected Women” (PI: Psaros) and “Developing a Pilot Lifestyle Intervention to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease Among HIV-Infected Women During Midlife” (PI: Raggio). At Fenway Health, Georgia works with Dr. Peter Chai on several PrEP adherence studies, including “Development of Ingestible Biosensors to Enhance PrEP Adherence in Substance Users (PrEPsteps)” (PI: Chai) and “Feasibility and Acceptability of Digital Pills to Monitor PrEP Adherence in MSM with Substance Use Disorder (DigiPrEP)” (PI: Chai). She also works on “The MUSIC Project: Understanding the Acceptability of a Music Intervention on Chronic Pain and Opioid Use Among HIV-infected Individuals” (PI: Chai).
She can be reached by email at email@example.com or 617-726-3679.
Kristen Regenauer is a clinical research coordinator in the Behavioral Medicine Program. Kristen received her BA from Middlebury College in 2017 with highest departmental honors in psychology and a minor in philosophy. At MGH, sShe primarily works with Dr. Conall O’Cleirigh on and Dr. Jessica Magidson on global HIV care and prevention studies, including “Fostering Resilience to Psychosocial and HIV Risk in Indian Men Who Have Sex with Men” in India (PIs: O’Cleirigh, Mimiaga, Safren), and “The TENDAI Study: Task Shifting to Treat Depression and HIV Medication Nonadherence in Low Resource Settings” in Zimbabwe (PIs: O’Cleirigh, Abas). She is also the Mass General research assistant for the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research Behavioral and Social Sciences Core (HU CFAR BSSC; Associate Director: O’Cleirigh) and currently serves as the pre-awards grant administrator for BMED.
Kristen additionally works as a part-time clinical research coordinator on “Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Trial for ART Adherence and Substance Use in HIV Care in South Africa” (PI: Magidson) for former BMED-Psychologist/Harvard Medical School assistant professor Dr. Jessica Magidson (now Assistant Professor/ Director of the Global Mental Health and Addiction Program at the University of Maryland).
Kristen is currently applying to PhD programs in clinical psychology to start in Fall 2019.
She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-724-0637.
Elsa Sweek is a clinical research coordinator in the Behavioral Medicine Program. Elsa received her BA from Lewis & Clark College in 2013 with honors in psychology and received her MS from Johns Hopkins University in clinical mental health counseling in 2017. She works with Dr. Christina Psaros on several HIV care and prevention projects, including “Perinatal Depression, Stigma, Social Capital Utilization and PMTCT Adherence” (PI: Psaros), “Developing a Resilience Intervention for Older, HIV-Infected Women” (PI: Psaros), and “Prospective Evaluation of Postpartum Engagement in HIV Care among HIV-Infected Women in South Africa” (PI: Psaros). Elsa also works with Dr. Abigail Batchelder on her project, “Understanding and Addressing Internalized Stigma and Shame as Barriers to Engagement in HIV Care Among Men Who Have Sex with Men Who Use Substances” (PI: Batchelder).
She can be reached by email at email@example.com or 617-643-4566
Jane Kim is a graduate student intern in the Behavioral Medicine Program. Jane received her BSA in human development and family sciences from the University of Texas Austin in 2017 and is currently pursuing an MPH from Boston University. She works with Dr. Abigail Batchelder on her project, “Understanding and Addressing Internalized Stigma and Shame as Barriers to Engagement in HIV Care Among Men Who Have Sex with Men Who Use Substances” (PI: Batchelder).
She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder and Former Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program (2004-2015)
Dr. Steven Safren is the founder of the Behavioral Medicine Program at Mass General 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.
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, PhD 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 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.
Alanna Levy is a volunteer in the Behavioral Medicine Program. Alanna is a junior at Brandeis University double majoring in sociology and health: science, society and policy with minors in legal studies and women's, gender and sexuality studies. She works with Dr. Christina Psaros and Dr. Greer Raggio on various HIV studies.
She can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
There are two ways to set up an initial evaluation:
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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The Internship in Clinical Psychology also offers other potential rotations:
Learn more about the internship
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.
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:
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
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.
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
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.
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