Jori Berger-Greenstein, PhD

Jori BergerDirector of Curriculum
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Graduate Medical Sciences

Office:
72 East Concord Street
Robinson Bldg – Suite B-212
Boston, MA 02118
Email: jberger@bu.edu
Phone: 617-414-2330
Fax: 617-414-2323

Education

I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and my master’s, and doctoral degrees from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Biography

My graduate training included a specialization in Behavioral Medicine, which continues to be a primary area of interest. I have focused my clinical and research work in the area of HIV/AIDS, including primary and secondary prevention efforts; most recently, Steve Brady and I completed a federally-funded NIMH R01 study, investigating the efficacy of an HIV prevention intervention for people with serious and persistent mental illness. We are now in the process of dissemination – my data focus is on sexual risk behavior for women with who report interpersonal violence. Our data was presented at the International AIDS Society Conferences in Melbourne Australia and Durban South Africa.

I serve as the Curriculum Director in the MHCBM Program and advise students. As Curriculum Director, I oversee courses throughout the program, work with our core faculty and external course educators, and ensure that we are covering CACREP content and coursework that best prepares our students for clinical placements and future careers. I teach several courses in our program, including Counseling Techniques, Internship Supervision, Professional Orientation and Ethics, and Behavioral Medicine and Applied Health Psychology.

I am active clinically, and have been a Staff Psychologist in the Adult Behavioral Health Clinic at Boston Medical Center, where I provide outpatient assessments and psychotherapy. I am also a member of the Boston Medical Center’s Clinical Ethics Committee.

 

Questions & Answers

Q: Please describe your theoretical orientation and teaching philosophy.

A: I espouse a cognitive-behavioral approach. I believe strongly that the ways in which we interpret information and events inform our emotions and ways of navigating the world. I also believe that these interpretations are influenced by experiences over the course of one’s lifetime, but are amenable to intervention. I also believe strongly in the importance of humanistic philosophy, which I infuse into my work, focusing on the important of empathy and humanness.

My philosophy of teaching emphasizes the importance of setting high expectations of students, as well as myself. I believe that the best courses are those characterized by a team effort of myself and my students. I am also a strong proponent of experiential learning and focusing my teaching on developing and strengthening skills related to the work students are and will be doing.

Q: Why did you choose to be a faculty member in the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program?

A: As many mental health folks would say, it always gets back to helping people. What I find particularly compelling about mental health is that there are many ways of applying what we know to help others in need, whether that is providing mental health care, conducting research to inform what we do, teaching a new generation of students, or educating the public.

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching in the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program?

A: I think we have a terrific program! I like that I have a job with a lot of variety and get to do a bit of everything. On any given day I am meeting with students, responding to a clinical issue with a patient, teaching a class, meeting with fellow faculty, and developing activities for class. I enjoy working with my fellow faculty members, and as Curriculum Director work very closely with our external course educators, who are a very important part of our program. Mentoring students as they learn and take on responsibilities throughout their time with us is very compelling, and maintaining ties with our alumni, and hearing about the wonderful work they do, is extremely meaningful for me.