Risa Weisberg, PhD
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Psychiatry

PhD, State University of New York at Albany
BA, Tufts University

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Risa B. Weisberg, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Chobanian and Avedisian 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.

VA Boston Healthcare System

Treating Chronic Pain in Buprenorphine Patients in Primary Care Settings
02/15/2019 - 01/31/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Risa Weisberg, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

The impact of COVID-19-related medication assisted treatment policy changes on care and outcomes for patients with opioid use disorders
03/01/2021 - 08/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Boston VA Research Institute, Inc. Patient-Cnt.Out. Res


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2023 Digital Therapeutic Development of Virtual Cognitive-Affective Training for Opioid Use Disorder 5R44DA053848-03
2023 Treating Chronic Pain in Buprenorphine Patients in Primary Care Settings 5R01DA045695-05
2022 Digital Therapeutic Development of Virtual Cognitive-Affective Training for Opioid Use Disorder 4R44DA053848-02
2022 Treating Chronic Pain in Buprenorphine Patients in Primary Care Settings 5R01DA045695-04
2021 Treating Chronic Pain in Buprenorphine Patients in Primary Care Settings 5R01DA045695-03
2020 Treating Chronic Pain in Buprenorphine Patients in Primary Care Settings 5R01DA045695-02
2019 Treating Chronic Pain in Buprenorphine Patients in Primary Care Settings 1R01DA045695-01A1
2016 Developing a Low-Intensity Primary Care Intervention for Anxiety Disorders 5R34MH097820-03 1
2015 Behavioral Consultation for HIV+ Older Adults Prescribed Opioids for Chronic Pain 5R21DA038203-02
2015 Developing a Low-Intensity Primary Care Intervention for Anxiety Disorders 5R34MH097820-02 1
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  1. Livingston NA, Sarpong A, Sistad R, Roth C, Banducci AN, Simpson T, Hyde J, Davenport M, Weisberg R. Gender differences in receipt of telehealth versus in person behavioral therapy, medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD), and 90-day MOUD retention during the pandemic: A retrospective veteran cohort study. J Subst Use Addict Treat. 2024 Jan; 156:209188.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37866437
  2. Uebelacker LA, Pinkston MM, Busch AM, Baker JV, Anderson B, Caviness CM, Herman DS, Weisberg RB, Abrantes AM, Stein MD. HIV-PASS (Pain and Sadness Support): Randomized Controlled Trial of a Behavioral Health Intervention for Interference Due to Pain in People Living With HIV, Chronic Pain, and Depression. Psychosom Med. 2023 Apr 01; 85(3):250-259.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36799731; PMCID: PMC10073275; DOI: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000001172;
  3. Livingston NA, Davenport M, Head M, Henke R, LeBeau LS, Gibson TB, Banducci AN, Sarpong A, Jayanthi S, Roth C, Camacho-Cook J, Meng F, Hyde J, Mulvaney-Day N, White M, Chen DC, Stein MD, Weisberg R. The impact of COVID-19 and rapid policy exemptions expanding on access to medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD): A nationwide Veterans Health Administration cohort study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 Dec 01; 241:109678.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36368167; PMCID: PMC9624112; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2022.109678;
  4. Shepardson RL, Fletcher TL, Funderburk JS, Weisberg RB, Beehler GP, Maisto SA. Barriers to and facilitators of using evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral anxiety interventions in integrated primary care practice. Psychol Serv. 2023 Nov; 20(4):709-722. PMID: 35951391; PMCID: PMC10166237; DOI: 10.1037/ser0000696;
  5. Magidson JF, Weisberg RB. Implementing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Specialty Medical Settings. Focus (Am Psychiatr Publ). 2022 Jul; 20(3):325-329. PMID: 37205015; PMCID: PMC10172516; DOI: 10.1176/appi.focus.22020011;
  6. Pinkston MM, Busch AM, Stein M, Baker J, Caviness C, Herman D, Weisberg R, Abrantes AM, Uebelacker LA. Improving functioning in HIV+ patients with chronic pain and comorbid depression: Protocol for a randomized clinical trial testing a collaborative behavioral health intervention based on behavioral activation. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 Aug; 119:106842.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35777696; PMCID: PMC10739651; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2022.106842;
  7. Shepardson RL, Funderburk JS, Weisberg RB, Maisto SA. Brief, modular, transdiagnostic, cognitive-behavioral intervention for anxiety in veteran primary care: Development, provider feedback, and open trial. Psychol Serv. 2023 Aug; 20(3):622-635. PMID: 35099230; PMCID: PMC10166236; DOI: 10.1037/ser0000622;
  8. Moitra E, Stein MD, Busch AM, Pinkston MM, Abrantes AM, Baker JV, Weisberg RB, Anderson BJ, Uebelacker LA. Acceptance of chronic pain in depressed patients with HIV: correlations with activity, functioning, and emotional distress. AIDS Care. 2022 Oct; 34(10):1338-1346.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34554879; PMCID: PMC8940733; DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2021.1981819;
  9. Weisberg RB, Gonsalves MA, Ramadurai R, Braham H, Fuchs C, Beard C. Development of a cognitive bias modification intervention for anxiety disorders in primary care. Br J Clin Psychol. 2022 Jan; 61 Suppl 1:73-92.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33629751
  10. Livingston NA, Ameral V, Banducci AN, Weisberg RB. Unprecedented need and recommendations for harnessing data to guide future policy and practice for opioid use disorder treatment following COVID-19. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 03; 122:108222.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33303255; PMCID: PMC7973255; DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2020.108222;
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2013 Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Member of Distinction
2004 NIH Complexities of Co-occurring Conditions: New Investigator Award
2002 NIH Summer Institute for Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Intervention: Fellow
2001 Association for Clinical Psychosocial Research: Young Investigator Award
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