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 in clinical psychology 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, and am a Co-Investigator on a federally-funded NIMH R01 study, investigating the efficacy of an HIV prevention intervention for people with serious and persistent mental illness, in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Brady. I am particularly interested in the effects of trauma and PTSD on women and how these affect risk behaviors. Also of interest is mental health and biomedical ethics. I am active clinically, providing assessment and intervention in the Adult Behavioral Health Clinic at Boston Medical Center. I serve as the Curriculum Chair in the MHCBM Program, advise students, and teach a variety of our courses.
Questions & Answers
Q: Please describe theoretical orientation and your teaching philosophy.
A: I would describe my theoretical orientation as 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.
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 enter the field of psychology?
A: As many mental health folks would say, it always gets back to helping people. What I find particularly compelling about psychology 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 MHCBM 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, and stopping by our research lab. 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 probably the best part.
- 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.
- 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.