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Risa Weisberg, PhD

TitleProfessor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentPsychiatry
DivisionGeneral Psychiatry
Address150 S Huntington Avenue
Jamaica Plain MA
Other Positions
InstitutionVA Boston Healthcare System

 Awards and Honors

Start-EndDescription
2013Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Member of Distinction
2004NIH Complexities of Co-occurring Conditions: New Investigator Award
2002NIH Summer Institute for Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Intervention: Fellow
2001Association for Clinical Psychosocial Research: Young Investigator Award
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Risa B. Weisberg, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of Training for the VA Boston Healthcare System Psychology Internship Program. She is also an Adjunct Professor for both the departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School, Brown University. Dr. Weisberg is a committed mentor, assisting in the development of clinical research skills in psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows. She works across the domains of training, supervising, treating patients, and conducting research, while being an active member of numerous committees,associations, and editorial boards.

Dr. Weisberg is a graduate of Tufts University (BA) and the University at Albany, State University of New York (PhD in clinical psychology). She completed a pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Psychology Training Consortium.

Dr. Weisberg's research interests are anxiety disorders, mental and behavioral health treatment in general medical settings, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based care, and sexual and reproductive health. Currently, she is the principal investigator (MPI) of 2 National Institute of Health funded projects to develop behavioral treatments for primary care patients with chronic low back pain and comorbid physical and mental health problems (depression, HIV+, and opiate dependence). She has also served as PI and Co-investigator of the Harvard/Brown Anxiety Research Project (HARP) and the Primary Care Anxiety Project (PCAP). Both were longitudinal, observational studies, examining the nature and course of anxiety disorders. HARP focused on anxiety in ethnic minorities, and PCAP focused on anxiety in primary care patients. She has completed a K-23 Career Development Award that developed a cognitive-behavioral therapy for primary care patients with anxiety disorders.

 Publications
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  1. Fuchs CH, Haradhvala N, Evans DR, Nash JM, Weisberg RB, Uebelacker LA. Implementation of an acceptance- and mindfulness-based group for depression and anxiety in primary care: Initial outcomes. Fam Syst Health. 2016 Dec; 34(4):386-395. PMID: 27977290.
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  2. Uebelacker LA, Weisberg RB, Herman DS, Bailey GL, Pinkston-Camp MM, Garnaat SL, Stein MD. Pilot Randomized Trial of Collaborative Behavioral Treatment for Chronic Pain and Depression in Persons Living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Behav. 2016 Aug; 20(8):1675-81. PMID: 27115400.
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  3. Shepardson RL, Funderburk JS, Weisberg RB. Adapting evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral interventions for anxiety for use with adults in integrated primary care settings. Fam Syst Health. 2016 Jun; 34(2):114-27. PMID: 27064434.
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  4. Uebelacker LA, Weisberg RB, Herman DS, Bailey GL, Pinkston-Camp MM, Stein MD. Chronic Pain in HIV-Infected Patients: Relationship to Depression, Substance Use, and Mental Health and Pain Treatment. Pain Med. 2015 Oct; 16(10):1870-81. PMID: 26119642.
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  5. Fuchs CH, Weisberg RB. Anxiety Disorders - Edited by Kerry J. Ressler, Daniel S. Pine, and Barbara Olasov Rothbaum. Detection and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care Settings. Oxford University Press. 2015.
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  6. Stein MD, Herman DS, Bailey GL, Straus J, Anderson BJ, Uebelacker LA, Weisberg RB. Chronic pain and depression among primary care patients treated with buprenorphine. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Jul; 30(7):935-41. PMID: 25678375.
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  7. Fuchs CH, Haradhvala N, Hubley S, Nash JM, Keller MB, Ashley D, Weisberg RB, Uebelacker LA. Physician actions following a positive PHQ-2: implications for the implementation of depression screening in family medicine practice. Fam Syst Health. 2015 Mar; 33(1):18-27. PMID: 25485822.
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  8. Weisberg RB, Magidson JF. Implementing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Specialty Medical Settings. Science Direct - Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 2014; 21(4):367-371.
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  9. Weisberg RB, Magidson JF. Integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Into Primary Care Settings. Science Direct - Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 2014; 21(3):247-251.
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  10. Pérez Benítez CI, Sibrava NJ, Kohn-Wood L, Bjornsson AS, Zlotnick C, Weisberg R, Keller MB. Posttraumatic stress disorder in African Americans: a two year follow-up study. Psychiatry Res. 2014 Dec 15; 220(1-2):376-83. PMID: 25086766.
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  11. Pérez Benítez CI, Sibrava NJ, Zlotnick C, Weisberg RB, Keller MB. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Differences between Latino individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder and those with other anxiety disorders. 2014; 6(4):345-352.
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  12. Bjornsson AS, Sibrava NJ, Beard C, Moitra E, Weisberg RB, Benítez CI, Keller MB. Two-year course of generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder with agoraphobia in a sample of Latino adults. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2014 Dec; 82(6):1186-92. PMID: 24731232.
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  13. Moitra E, Lewis-Fernández R, Stout RL, Angert E, Weisberg RB, Keller MB. Disparities in psychosocial functioning in a diverse sample of adults with anxiety disorders. J Anxiety Disord. 2014 Apr; 28(3):335-43. PMID: 24685821.
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  14. Weisberg RB, Beard C, Moitra E, Dyck I, Keller MB. Adequacy of treatment received by primary care patients with anxiety disorders. Depress Anxiety. 2014 May; 31(5):443-50. PMID: 24190762.
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  15. Sibrava NJ, Beard C, Bjornsson AS, Moitra E, Weisberg RB, Keller MB. Two-year course of generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder in a longitudinal sample of African American adults. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2013 Dec; 81(6):1052-62. PMID: 24041233.
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  16. Uebelacker LA, Eaton CB, Weisberg R, Sands M, Williams C, Calhoun D, Manson JE, Denburg NL, Taylor T. Social support and physical activity as moderators of life stress in predicting baseline depression and change in depression over time in the Women's Health Initiative. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2013 Dec; 48(12):1971-82. PMID: 23644722.
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  17. Uebelacker LA, Weisberg R, Millman M, Yen S, Keller M. Prospective study of risk factors for suicidal behavior in individuals with anxiety disorders. Psychol Med. 2013 Jul; 43(7):1465-74. PMID: 23137440.
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  18. Pérez Benítez CI, Zlotnick C, Stout RI, Lou F, Dyck I, Weisberg R, Keller M. A 5-year longitudinal study of posttraumatic stress disorder in primary care patients. Psychopathology. 2012; 45(5):286-93. PMID: 22797509.
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  19. Beard C, Rodriguez BF, Weisberg RB, Perry A, Keller MB. Psychometric Properties of the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale in a Longitudinal Study of Latinos With Anxiety Disorders. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 2012; 34(2):269-278.
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  20. Pérez Benítez CI, Zlotnick C, Dyck I, Stout R, Angert E, Weisberg R, Keller M. Predictors of the long-term course of comorbid PTSD: a naturalistic prospective study. Int J Psychiatry Clin Pract. 2013 Aug; 17(3):232-7. PMID: 22536784.
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  21. Weisberg RB, Beard C, Dyck I, Keller MB. The Harvard/Brown Anxiety Research Project-Phase II (HARP-II): rationale, methods, and features of the sample at intake. J Anxiety Disord. 2012 May; 26(4):532-43. PMID: 22410095.
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  22. Beard C, Weisberg RB, Primack J. Socially anxious primary care patients' attitudes toward cognitive bias modification (CBM): a qualitative study. Behav Cogn Psychother. 2012 Oct; 40(5):618-33. PMID: 22127022.
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  23. Beard C, Weisberg RB, Amir N. Combined cognitive bias modification treatment for social anxiety disorder: a pilot trial. Depress Anxiety. 2011 Nov; 28(11):981-8. PMID: 21898705.
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  24. Moitra E, Dyck I, Beard C, Bjornsson AS, Sibrava NJ, Weisberg RB, Keller MB. Impact of stressful life events on the course of panic disorder in adults. J Affect Disord. 2011 Nov; 134(1-3):373-6. PMID: 21658775.
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  25. Beard C, Rodriguez BF, Moitra E, Sibrava NJ, Bjornsson A, Weisberg RB, Keller MB. Psychometric properties of the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) in a longitudinal study of African Americans with anxiety disorders. J Anxiety Disord. 2011 Jun; 25(5):722-6. PMID: 21501944.
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  26. Marcks BA, Weisberg RB, Dyck I, Keller MB. Longitudinal course of obsessive-compulsive disorder in patients with anxiety disorders: a 15-year prospective follow-up study. Compr Psychiatry. 2011 Nov-Dec; 52(6):670-7. PMID: 21349511.
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  27. Ramsawh HJ, Weisberg RB, Dyck I, Stout R, Keller MB. Age of onset, clinical characteristics, and 15-year course of anxiety disorders in a prospective, longitudinal, observational study. J Affect Disord. 2011 Jul; 132(1-2):260-4. PMID: 21295858.
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  28. Bjornsson AS, Dyck I, Moitra E, Stout RL, Weisberg RB, Keller MB, Phillips KA. The clinical course of body dysmorphic disorder in the Harvard/Brown Anxiety Research Project (HARP). J Nerv Ment Dis. 2011 Jan; 199(1):55-7. PMID: 21206248.
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  29. Moitra E, Beard C, Weisberg RB, Keller MB. Occupational impairment and Social Anxiety Disorder in a sample of primary care patients. J Affect Disord. 2011 Apr; 130(1-2):209-12. PMID: 20934220.
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  30. Beard C, Moitra E, Weisberg RB, Keller MB. Characteristics and predictors of social phobia course in a longitudinal study of primary-care patients. Depress Anxiety. 2010 Sep; 27(9):839-45. PMID: 20186979.
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  31. Marcks BA, Weisberg RB, Edelen MO, Keller MB. The relationship between sleep disturbance and the course of anxiety disorders in primary care patients. Psychiatry Res. 2010 Aug 15; 178(3):487-92. PMID: 20537716.
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  32. Beard C, Weisberg RB, Keller MB. Health-related Quality of Life across the anxiety disorders: findings from a sample of primary care patients. J Anxiety Disord. 2010 Aug; 24(6):559-64. PMID: 20418054.
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  33. Weisberg RB, Beard C, Pagano ME, Maki KM, Culpepper L, Keller MB. Impairment and functioning in a sample of primary care patients with generalized anxiety disorder: results from the primary care anxiety project. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2010; 12(5). PMID: 21274362.
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  34. Marcks BA, Weisberg RB, Keller MB. Psychiatric treatment received by primary care patients with panic disorder with and without agoraphobia. Psychiatr Serv. 2009 Jun; 60(6):823-30. PMID: 19487354.
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  35. Uebelacker LA, Weisberg RB, Haggarty R, Miller IW. Adapted behavior therapy for persistently depressed primary care patients: an open trial. Behav Modif. 2009 May; 33(3):374-95. PMID: 19282506.
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  36. Weisberg RB. Overview of generalized anxiety disorder: epidemiology, presentation, and course. J Clin Psychiatry. 2009; 70 Suppl 2:4-9. PMID: 19371500.
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  37. Uebelacker LA, Weisberg RB, Strong DR, Smith M, Miller IW. Time-invariant and time-varying predictors of depression symptoms in primary care patients. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2009; 11(6):322-9. PMID: 20098524.
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  38. Russell JM, Weisberg R, Fava M, Hartford JT, Erickson JS, D'Souza DN. Efficacy of duloxetine in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder in patients with clinically significant pain symptoms. Depress Anxiety. 2008; 25(7):E1-11. PMID: 17587217.
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  39. Weisberg RB, Dyck I, Culpepper L, Keller MB. Psychiatric treatment in primary care patients with anxiety disorders: a comparison of care received from primary care providers and psychiatrists. Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Feb; 164(2):276-82. PMID: 17267791.
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  40. Francis JL, Weisberg RB, Dyck IR, Culpepper L, Smith K, Orlando Edelen M, Keller MB. Characteristics and course of panic disorder and panic disorder with agoraphobia in primary care patients. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2007; 9(3):173-9. PMID: 17632648.
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  41. Phillips KA, Didie ER, Menard W, Pagano ME, Fay C, Weisberg RB. Clinical features of body dysmorphic disorder in adolescents and adults. Psychiatry Res. 2006 Mar 30; 141(3):305-14. PMID: 16499973.
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  42. Rodriguez BF, Weisberg RB, Pagano ME, Bruce SE, Spencer MA, Culpepper L, Keller MB. Characteristics and predictors of full and partial recovery from generalized anxiety disorder in primary care patients. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2006 Feb; 194(2):91-7. PMID: 16477186.
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  43. Coles ME, Phillips KA, Menard W, Pagano ME, Fay C, Weisberg RB, Stout RL. Body dysmorphic disorder and social phobia: cross-sectional and prospective data. Depress Anxiety. 2006; 23(1):26-33. PMID: 16278832.
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  44. Ruffolo JS, Phillips KA, Menard W, Fay C, Weisberg RB. Comorbidity of body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders: severity of psychopathology and body image disturbance. Int J Eat Disord. 2006 Jan; 39(1):11-9. PMID: 16254870.
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  45. Phillips KA, Menard W, Fay C, Weisberg R. Demographic characteristics, phenomenology, comorbidity, and family history in 200 individuals with body dysmorphic disorder. Psychosomatics. 2005 Jul-Aug; 46(4):317-25. PMID: 16000674.
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  46. Bruce SE, Yonkers KA, Otto MW, Eisen JL, Weisberg RB, Pagano M, Shea MT, Keller MB. Influence of psychiatric comorbidity on recovery and recurrence in generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, and panic disorder: a 12-year prospective study. Am J Psychiatry. 2005 Jun; 162(6):1179-87. PMID: 15930067.
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  47. Phillips KA, Coles ME, Menard W, Yen S, Fay C, Weisberg RB. Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in body dysmorphic disorder. J Clin Psychiatry. 2005 Jun; 66(6):717-25. PMID: 15960564.
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  48. Weisberg RB, Maki KM, Culpepper L, Keller MB. Is anyone really M.A.D.?: the occurrence and course of mixed anxiety-depressive disorder in a sample of primary care patients. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2005 Apr; 193(4):223-30. PMID: 15805817.
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  49. Weisberg RB, Maki KM, Culpepper L, Keller MB. Is Anyone Really M.A.D.?: The Occurrence and Course of Mixed Anxiety-Depressive Disorder in a Sample of Primary Care Patients. Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease. 2005; 193(4):223-230.
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  50. Scepkowski LA, Wiegel M, Bach AK, Weisberg RB, Brown TA, Barlow DH. Attributions for sexual situations in men with and without erectile disorder: evidence from a sex-specific attributional style measure. Arch Sex Behav. 2004 Dec; 33(6):559-69. PMID: 15483370.
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  51. Nobre PJ, Wiegel M, Bach AK, Weisberg RB, Brown TA, Wincze JP, Barlow DH. Determinants of sexual arousal and accuracy of its self-estimation in sexually functional males. J Sex Res. 2004 Nov; 41(4):363-71. PMID: 15765276.
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  52. Rodriguez BF, Weisberg RB, Pagano ME, Machan JT, Culpepper L, Keller MB. Frequency and patterns of psychiatric comorbidity in a sample of primary care patients with anxiety disorders. Compr Psychiatry. 2004 Mar-Apr; 45(2):129-37. PMID: 14999664.
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  53. Zlotnick C, Rodriguez BF, Weisberg RB, Bruce SE, Spencer MA, Culpepper L, Keller MB. Chronicity in posttraumatic stress disorder and predictors of the course of posttraumatic stress disorder among primary care patients. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2004 Feb; 192(2):153-9. PMID: 14770060.
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  54. Rodriguez BF, Weisberg RB, Pagano ME, Machan JT, Culpepper L, Keller MB. Mental health treatment received by primary care patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. J Clin Psychiatry. 2003 Oct; 64(10):1230-6. PMID: 14658973.
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  55. Zlotnick C, Bruce SE, Weisberg RB, Shea MT, Machan JT, Keller MB. Social and health functioning in female primary care patients with post-traumatic stress disorder with and without comorbid substance abuse. Compr Psychiatry. 2003 May-Jun; 44(3):177-83. PMID: 12764704.
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  56. Weisberg RB, Bruce SE, Machan JT, Kessler RC, Culpepper L, Keller MB. Nonpsychiatric illness among primary care patients with trauma histories and posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychiatr Serv. 2002 Jul; 53(7):848-54. PMID: 12096168.
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  57. Weisberg RB, Machan JT, Dyck IR, Keller MB. Do panic symptoms during periods of remission predict relapse of panic disorder? J Nerv Ment Dis. 2002 Mar; 190(3):190-7. PMID: 11923654.
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  58. Weisberg RB, Paquette JA. Screening and treatment of anxiety disorders in pregnant and lactating women. Womens Health Issues. 2002 Jan-Feb; 12(1):32-6. PMID: 11786290.
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  59. Bruce SE, Weisberg RB, Dolan RT, Machan JT, Kessler RC, Manchester G, Culpepper L, Keller MB. Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Primary Care Patients. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2001 Oct; 3(5):211-217. PMID: 15014575.
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  60. Weisberg RB, Brown TA, Wincze JP, Barlow DH. Causal attributions and male sexual arousal: the impact of attributions for a bogus erectile difficulty on sexual arousal, cognitions, and affect. J Abnorm Psychol. 2001 May; 110(2):324-34. PMID: 11358026.
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  61. Shea MT, Zlotnick C, Weisberg RB. Commonality and specificity of personality disorder profiles in subjects with trauma histories. J Pers Disord. 1999; 13(3):199-210. PMID: 10498034.
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  62. Sbrocco T, Weisberg RB, Barlow DH, Carter MM. The conceptual relationship between panic disorder and male erectile dysfunction. J Sex Marital Ther. 1997; 23(3):212-20. PMID: 9292836.
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  63. Sbrocco T, Weisberg RB, Barlow DH. Sexual Dysfunction in the Older Adult: Assessment of Psychosocial Factors. ArticleSexuality and DisabilitySeptember 1995, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 201-218. 1995; 13(3):201-218.
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  64. Frye CA, Weisberg RB. Increasing the incidence of routine pelvic examinations: behavioral medicine's contribution. Women Health. 1994; 21(1):33-55. PMID: 8030359.
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