Jori Berger-Greenstein, Ph.D.
Director of Curriculum
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Graduate Medical Sciences
I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, my master’s, and doctoral degrees from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
My graduate training included a specialization in Behavioral Medicine, which continues to be my 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, Dr. 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. This data is being presented at the International AIDS Society Conference in Durban South Africa this July.
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, providing assessment and intervention in the Adult Behavioral Health Clinic at Boston Medical Center. I also have a private practice. 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 and adjunct faculty instructors, and ensure that we are covering CACREP content and coursework that best prepares our students for clinical placements and future careers.
Questions & Answers
Q: Please describe theoretical orientation and your teaching philosophy.
A: I espouse a cognitive-behavioral. 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 faculty 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 usually 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 adjunct instructors, 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 meaningful to me, and maintaining ties with our alumni, and hearing about the wonderful work they do, is a terrific part of what I do.
- ACA – American Counselors Association 2010 – present
- AMHCA – American Mental Health Counselors Association 2010 – present
- I have been with the MHCBM Program since it’s inception, beginning as an adjunct instructor, and then as a core faculty member in 2004. Throughout my tenure in the program I have taught a wide variety of courses. Current coursework includes Behavioral Medicine and Applied Health Psychology, Ethics and Professional Issues, Counseling Techniques, and Internship Supervision. I was honored to be awarded the “Educator of the Year” Award for the BU School of Medicine in the spring of 2009.
- In addition to my academic responsibilities, I am also a behavioral health provider at the Boston Medical Center Behavioral Health Clinic, where I provide clinical evaluations and psychotherapy for adult outpatients and have supervised graduate students.
Select Publications and Presentations
- Burnham, K., Berger-Greenstein, J., & Brady, S. (2011, April). The Association of PTSD with Sexual Risk Behaviors among Individuals with Serious Mental Illness who are HIV-Positive or at Risk for HIV. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.
- Berger-Greenstein, J.A., Burnham, K., Rollason-Reese, C., & Brady, S.M. (2010, November). Gender-Based Approaches to HIV Prevention. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Montreal, Canada.
- Berger-Greenstein, J.A., Maskulka, M.L., & Brady, S.M. (2009, March). The Association of PTSD Criterion A Events and HIV Risk Reduction for Adult Men and Women with Serious Mental Illness with or at Risk for HIV. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Toronto, Canada.
- Brady, S.M., Berger-Greenstein, J.A., & Rollason-Reese, C. (2007, December). HIV Prevention with the Mentally Ill – Motivation-Skills. Oral presentation at the 2007 National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
- Berger-Greenstein, J. (2015, March). The role of clinical mental health counselors in assessing and treating medical symptoms and diagnosis. Workshop presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Orlando, FL.
- Berger-Greenstein, J. (November 1, 2014). Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine. Invited talk for the Massachusetts American Mental Health Association, Foxboro, MA.
- Quarles, J., Bacic, J., Mainville, C., Reid, K., Berger-Greenstein, J., Richardson, M., & Brady, S. (October, 2014). The effects of incarceration on HIV risk behaviors in a homeless/marginally-housed population with serious mental illness. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association Conference, Lewiston, ME.
- Singh, T., Bacic, J., Reid, K., Mainville, C., Richardson, M., Berger-Greenstein, J., & Brady, S. (2014, October). The effect of level of functioning on housing and HIV status. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association Conference, Lewiston, ME.
- Berger-Greenstein J, Jain K, Bacic J, Reid K, Bhatia N, Mainville C, Richardson M, & Brady S. (July, 2014). PTSD symptoms, HIV risk behaviors, and sex trade in a homeless and marginally housed mentally ill population. Poster presented at the 20thInternational AIDS Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
- Brady S, DeSena T, Bacic J, Wolfe J, Jain K, Richardson M, Mainville C, & Berger-Greenstein J. (July, 2014). PTSD symptom load, sexual minority status, HIV-risk behavior & sex trade in homeless & marginally housed mentally ill (2014). Poster presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
- Richardson M, Brady S, Mainville C, Bacic J, & Berger-Greenstein J (2014). (July, 2014). Personality characteristics and HIV risk among adults with history of conduct disorder. Poster presented at the 20th International AIDS Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
- Berger-Greenstein, J., Desena, T., & Brady, S.M. (2013, July). Assessment and Techniques Addressing Medical Programs for Clinical Mental Health Counselors. Workshop presented at the annual American Mental Health Counselors Association, Washington, DC.
- Berger-Greenstein, J., Mainville, C., Desena, T., Wolfe, J., Reid, K. & Brady, S. (2013, March). HCV, HIV, and Service Utilization as predictors of HIV Risk Behavior. Poster presented at the 34th annual Society for Behavioral Medicine Conference, San Francisco, CA.