Deborah J. Brief, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Deborah Brief
(617) 232-9500
150 S Huntington Avenue

Biography

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.

Other Positions

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

Education

  • University of Illinois, PhD
  • University of Illinois, MA
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA

Publications

  • Published on 6/1/2017

    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. PMID: 28569525.

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  • Published on 3/1/2015

    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. PMID: 25671224.

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  • Published on 6/16/2014

    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. PMID: 24932642.

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  • Published on 1/16/2014

    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. PMID: 24431134.

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  • Published on 7/22/2013

    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. PMID: 23875821.

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  • Published on 12/1/2011

    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. PMID: 25378713.

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  • Published on 1/1/2009

    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. PMID: 19895305.

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  • Published on 8/9/2008

    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. PMID: 18690532.

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  • Published on 4/1/2006

    Brief D, Vielhauer M, Keane T. The interface of HIV, trauma, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Focus. 2006 Apr; 21(4):1-5. PMID: 16838421.

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  • Published on 1/1/2004

    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. PMID: 15736824.

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