Deborah J. Brief, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Psychiatry
General Psychiatry

PhD, University of Illinois
MA, University of Illinois



Dr. Brief is the Section Chief for Substance Abuse Treatment Services in VA Boston Healthcare System and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Boston University. She received her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1984 and completed an NIAAA post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in 1987. She is a clinical supervisor and faculty member in the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program and the VA Boston Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program.

Dr. Brief’s research has focused on evaluating the effectiveness of psychosocial and pharmacological treatment interventions for alcohol and drug dependence, and co-occurring substance use and posttraumatic stress disorder. Most recently she has begun to research the effectiveness of web-based interventions to address problem drinking and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in returning veterans. Her research has been funded by NIAAA, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and the VA.

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences


VA Boston Healthcare System


Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Brief DJ, Solhan M, Rybin D, Enggasser JL, Rubin A, Roy M, Helmuth E, Schreiner A, Heilman M, Vittorio L, Rosenbloom D, Keane TM. Web-Based Alcohol Intervention for Veterans: PTSD, Combat Exposure, and Alcohol Outcomes. Psychol Trauma. 2017 Jun 01.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28569525.
  2. Enggasser JL, Hermos JA, Rubin A, Lachowicz M, Rybin D, Brief DJ, Roy M, Helmuth E, Rosenbloom D, Keane TM. Drinking goal choice and outcomes in a Web-based alcohol intervention: results from VetChange. Addict Behav. 2015 Mar; 42:63-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25671224; PMCID: PMC4390170.
  3. Keane TM, Rubin A, Lachowicz M, Brief D, Enggasser JL, Roy M, Hermos J, Helmuth E, Rosenbloom D. Temporal stability of DSM-5 posttraumatic stress disorder criteria in a problem-drinking sample. Psychol Assess. 2014 Dec; 26(4):1138-45.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24932642; PMCID: PMC4286303; DOI: 10.1037/a0037133;.
  4. Kramer J, Rubin A, Coster W, Helmuth E, Hermos J, Rosenbloom D, Moed R, Dooley M, Kao YC, Liljenquist K, Brief D, Enggasser J, Keane T, Roy M, Lachowicz M. Strategies to address participant misrepresentation for eligibility in Web-based research. Int J Methods Psychiatr Res. 2014 Mar; 23(1):120-9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24431134; PMCID: PMC4070377; DOI: 10.1002/mpr.1415;.
  5. Brief DJ, Rubin A, Keane TM, Enggasser JL, Roy M, Helmuth E, Hermos J, Lachowicz M, Rybin D, Rosenbloom D. Web intervention for OEF/OIF veterans with problem drinking and PTSD symptoms: a randomized clinical trial. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2013 Oct; 81(5):890-900.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23875821; DOI: 10.1037/a0033697;.
  6. Brief DJ, Rubin A, Enggasser JL, Roy M, Keane TM. Web-Based Intervention for Returning Veterans with Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Risky Alcohol Use. J Contemp Psychother. 2011 Dec 01; 41(4):237-246.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25378713.
  7. Wagner KD, Brief DJ, Vielhauer MJ, Sussman S, Keane TM, Malow R. The potential for PTSD, substance use, and HIV risk behavior among adolescents exposed to Hurricane Katrina. Subst Use Misuse. 2009; 44(12):1749-67.View Related Profiles. PMID: 19895305; DOI: 10.3109/10826080902963472;.
  8. Applebaum AJ, Richardson MA, Brady SM, Brief DJ, Keane TM. Gender and other psychosocial factors as predictors of adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in adults with comorbid HIV/AIDS, psychiatric and substance-related disorder. AIDS Behav. 2009 Feb; 13(1):60-5.View Related Profiles. PMID: 18690532; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-008-9441-x;.
  9. Brief D, Vielhauer M, Keane T. The interface of HIV, trauma, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Focus. 2006 Apr; 21(4):1-5.View Related Profiles. PMID: 16838421.
  10. Brief DJ, Bollinger AR, Vielhauer MJ, Berger-Greenstein JA, Morgan EE, Brady SM, Buondonno LM, Keane TM. Understanding the interface of HIV, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use and its implications for health outcomes. AIDS Care. 2004; 16 Suppl 1:S97-120.View Related Profiles. PMID: 15736824.

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Bar chart showing 10 publications over 9 distinct years, with a maximum of 2 publications in 2014

YearPublications
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20171
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