RisaWeisberg2013MemberRecogAwardee.jpgAssistant Chief of Psychology, VA Boston Healthcare System
Training Director, VA Boston Healthcare System Clinical Psychology Internship Program
Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Weisberg’s research and clinical interests center on primary care-behavioral health integration. She conducts research on means to implement evidence-based practice for common mental and behavioral health problems, including anxiety and depression, chronic pain, opiate misuse, HIV, and sexual health problems, in primary care practices and other medical settings. She is a committed mentor, assisting in the development of clinical research skills in psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Weisberg’s work across the domains of training, supervising, treating patients, and conducting research, is guided by her desire to increase dissemination and expand the reach of evidence-based behavioral treatments.

Dr. Weisberg has been a member of ADAA since 2002.

Why I am a member:

I initially joined ADAA for the wonderful conferences.  As a postdoctoral fellow, I was amazed by the depth of information presented at the meeting, and by the intimacy of the conference.  It was a place where I could meet and easily speak with esteemed leaders in our field, when I was still very junior.  Now, as a more senior professional who focuses much of her work on anxiety and depression, I look forward to the annual meeting as a place to keep up-to-date on the cutting edge of research and treatment in these areas, to reconnect with old friends and colleagues, and to network with new ones, especially junior colleagues.  Over the years, I have become increasingly involved in the organization because ADAA is so much more than just the annual meeting.  ADAA is a key resource not only for professionals, but for the general public, in disseminating information about and advancing treatment for anxiety and depression.

What I value about the ADAA mission and how it’s a fit with my work:

My work focuses on expanding the reach of evidence-based treatments for common behavioral health problems, such as anxiety and depression.  ADAA’s dual missions, to be a leading professional home for individuals across disciplines who study and treat anxiety and depression, and to be the “go-to” resource for members of the public looking for information about anxiety depression, are in perfect alignment with my own professional mission and personal values.

What is most exciting and interesting about my workplace:

I am privileged to wear a number of different hats at work, each bringing its own source of fulfillment.  I am extremely proud of the psychology internship training program at VA Boston Healthcare System, which helps to train generations of future leaders in the study and treatment of anxiety, depression, and related disorders. In my research lab, we are working to develop new means to address crucial health problems including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and opiate misuse in primary care settings, where people most often seek care.