Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH

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MD, Harvard

MPH, Boston University

BA, Yale

General field of research:

Substance Abuse; Violence; Primary Care; Chronic Pain; Mental Health; PTSD

Affiliations other than medicine:

Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Public Health

Contact information:

Office and Lab:
Crosstown, 801 Massachusetts Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston MA 02118

Office Phone: (617)-414 3846

Fax: (617)-414 4676


Other research websites:



Research group information

CARE Unit: Role: Investigator, Disparities Unit


Violence; PTSD; Substance Use Disorders; Pain; Prescription Drug Abuse; Domestic Violence

Summary of research interest:

Dr. Liebschutz’s research and educational pursuits are at the intersection of interpersonal violence, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and chronic pain, focusing on inner-city minority populations. She uses both epidemiological research and qualitative research methods. She has conducted research studies evaluating the health effects and health care utilization associated with prior interpersonal violence.

As a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar she conducted a study of the prevalence of PTSD in the primary care practice of an academic urban safety-net hospital, along with secondary data analyses examining the relationship of PTSD to health care utilization, the impact of immigrant status on mental health care utilization, and the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD in primary care.

As the recipient of a K-23 career development award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, she studied co-occurring substance use disorders, PTSD, and chronic pain in primary care, and conducted an intervention to link victims of stabbing and shooting with counseling and primary care.

Dr. Liebschutz edited an authoritative reference book for the American College of Physicians, Violence Against Women: A Physician’s Guide to Identification and Management, published in 2003. She is also the director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship and Preventive Medicine Residency Programs at Boston University.

Recent publications:

Liebschutz JM, Saitz R, Brower V, Keane TM, Lloyd-Travaglini C, Averbuch T, Samet JH. 2007. PTSD in Urban Primary Care High Prevalence and Low Physician Recognition.  Journal of General Internal Medicine; 22 (6): 719-726.

Kartha A, Brower V, Saitz R, Samet JH, Keane TM, Liebschutz JM. 2008. The impact of trauma exposure and Post-traumatic stress disorder on healthcare utilization among primary care patients. Medical Care; 46:388-393.

Fogarty CT, Fredman L, Heeren TC, Liebschutz JM. 2008.  Synergistic effects of child abuse and intimate partner violence on depressive symptoms in women. Preventive Medicine; 46:463-469

Rothman, EF, Cheng, DM, Pedley, A, Samet, JH, Palfai, T, Liebschutz, J, Saitz, R. 2008.  Interpersonal violence exposure and alcohol treatment utilization among medical inpatients with alcohol dependence.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment; 34(4):464-70

Alford DA, Liebschutz JM, Chen IA, Nicolaidis C, Panda M, Berg KM, Gibson J, Picchioni M, Bair MJ. 2008. Update in Pain Medicine,  Journal of General Internal Medicine; 23(6): 841-5.

Liebschutz JM, Battaglia T, Finley E, Averbuch T. 2008. Disclosing intimate partner violence to health care clinicians- What a difference the setting makes: a qualitative study; BMC Public Health; 8:229.

McCall-Hosenfeld JS, Liebschutz JM, Spiro A, Seaver MR. 2009.  Sexual Assault in the Military and its Impact on Sexual Satisfaction in Women Veterans:  A Proposed Model. Journal of Women’s Health; in press.

Mcall-Hosenfeld JS, Freund KM, Liebschutz JM. 2009. Factors associated with sexual assault and time to presentation.  Preventive Medicine; in press.