Stephen Brady, Ph.D.

Stephen Brady

Assistant Dean Graduate Medical Sciences
Program Director MHCBM
Associate Professor of Psychiatry


I received my B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida in Gainesville FL, and my M.A. and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.


I have been a member of the Counselor Education Faculty at Boston University School of Medicine for over 20 years.  For the past 12 years I have served as Director of the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program as well as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Graduate Medical Sciences. I am the current Chair-Elect of the faculty at Boston University. I am the past Chair of the American Mental Health Counseling Associations Professional Development Committee and past Chair of the APA Counsel on AIDS.   I am an active clinician who primarily counsels gay men.  My research interest has focused on HIV and serious mental disorders where I have led or been part of several federally funded projects. I am currently the Principal Investigator for an NIH R01 study for 2010-2015 examining Motivational Approaches for HIV prevention for mentally ill and homeless adults.

Questions & Answers

Q: Please describe theoretical orientation and your teaching philosophy

I would describe my theoretical orientation as “technical eclecticism” which utilizes a variety of empirically supported treatment strategies which are selected based upon client need rather than a therapists’ “a priori” assumptions about behavior change. I have been very fortunate to work with a wide variety of clients including the medically ill, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled and those with more everyday problems of living.  I am currently utilizing a cognitive behavioral intervention in my HIV research as well as in clinical practice. I also routinely utilize ego psychology and existential psychotherapy and counseling in clinical practice.

Regarding my teaching I emphasize a “see one” “do one” and “teach one” approach to clinical mental health counseling. The courses I have taught most frequently emphasize experiential learning. After an initial brief lecture with ample clinical examples I frequently demonstrate a clinical intervention and then have students demonstrate the intervention either in a role-play scenario or conducting a workshop in class.

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

I cannot imagine a more interesting role than being part of a counselor education program.  I was trained and have embraced the scientist-practitioner model which emphasizes teaching, supervision, research and clinical care. The reasons why I became a Counselor Educator are numerous. I love being busy and truly embrace teaching, research and clinical work. I grew up as the eldest child in a volatile but loving family where I often played the role of peace-maker. I had an opportunity to work with the developmentally disabled in college which allowed me to see the power of “helping”.  I worked as a mental health assistant in a forensic center after college and was encouraged to be a mental health provider.  I was lucky.

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

It is very rewarding to train the next generation of clinical mental health counselors. I am at stage in life where being generative and nurturing new clinicians is highly meaningful to me. I have spent 20+ years in the field and feel as if I now have a lot to offer as a scholar-practitioner.  As the field of mental health counseling has come to embrace a range of clients, not just the worried well, I believe the bio-psycho-social approach of our program is the best way to train the next generation. I also love the diversity of our student’s backgrounds which includes degrees in such areas as education, psychology, human development, biology, neuroscience, genetics and sociology. I think the diverse academic background of our students creates a more vibrant learning environment from which I have also learned a great deal.

Boston University

  • Chair Elect-Faculty Council (2013-
  • Secretary/Treasurer-Faculty Council (2010-2013
  • American Association of State Counseling Boards (2007-
  • American Mental Health Counseling Association (2000-
  • American Counseling Association (2009-
  • Standards Committee Chair ( 2010-
  • International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress (1998-
  • New England Aids Education and Training Center Advisory Committee (1994-
  • American Psychological Association (1983-

Invited Speaker:
Brockton Multiservice Center: Motivational Interviewing 09-14-11
National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA.Rollason-Reese, C., Smith, E. K., Bendezu, J. J., Berger-Greenstein, J., Richardson, M., Meyerson, M., Brady, S. M. (2011, August). Routes of transmission for HIV and sexually transmitted infections in the mentally ill.
National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA.Bendezu, J. J., Rollason-Reese, C., Berger-Greenstein, J., Richardson, M., Smith, E. K., Meyerson, M., Brady, S. M. (2011, August). Depressive symptoms, motivation, and HIV risk behavior in severely mentally ill adults.
2011 International AIDS Society Conference, Rome, Italy.Brady, S. M., Bendezu, J. J., Berger-Greenstein, J., Richardson, M., Rollason-Reese, C., Meyerson, M. (2011, July). HIV primary and secondary prevention for the homeless mentally ill.
Invited Speaker:
Bay State Health Annual HIV Update: Motivational Interviewing and HIV, Springfield, MA (12-10-10)
Invited Speaker:
6th Annual Conference: HIV Over 50:  Mental Health   and HIV; New England AIDS Education and Training Center, Boston, MA (09-17-10)
Invited Speaker:
Trauma and HIV/AIDS; New England AIDS Education and Training Center, Martha Vineyard Island (03-31-10)
Grand Rounds:
HIV Prevention and Serious Mental Illness: Pilot Study Data. Division of Psychiatry, Boston Medical Center, Boston MA (11-19-09)
Invited Speaker:
5th Annual Conference: HIV Over 50: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and HIV; New England AIDS Education and Training Center, Boston, MA (09-11-09)
Symposium Speaker:
Personality Disorders in HIV: Research and Clinical Perspectives APA Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada (08-06-09)
Grand Rounds:
HIV Prevention and Serious Mental Illness: Preliminary Study Results. Center for HIV/AIDS Care and Research, Boston Medical Center, Boston MA (10- 16- 08)
Symposium Speaker:
Consumer Perspectives in HIV Mental Health Research and Clinical Practice, Boston, Ma (08-17-08)
Symposium Speaker:
Gay Men and Trauma: Implications for Intervention and Prevention, APA Annual Conference, Boston, Ma (08-15-08)
Invited Workshop:
Motivational Interviewing in the Healthcare Setting, Eastport Health Center, Eastport Maine (04-01-08)
Invited Speaker:
Mentoring Students in Research, Eastern Psychological Association 79th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (03-14-08)
HIV Prevention with the Mentally Ill: Motivation-Skills, CDC HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (12-03-07)
Invited Speaker:
Motivational Interviewing and HIV, NEAETC, Falmouth Hospital, Falmouth Massachusetts (06-18-07)
Poster Presentation:
Sexual Abuse and MSM, APA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (08-17-07)
National Minority AIDS Council: Collaborating and Coordinating HIV Prevention and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment, New Orleans, LA (05-21-07)
Invited Speaker:
Ethical Issues and HIV, NEAETC, Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis (05-11-07)
Invited Mentor:
NIDA Research Development Seminar Series, NIH, Bethesda (05-09-07)
Invited Speaker:
Motivational Interviewing and HIV, NEAETC, Zinberg Clinic, Cambridge Hospital (05-01-07)
Invited Speaker:
Serious Mental Illness and HIV, Project Trust, Boston (04-27-07)
Invited Speaker:
3rd Annual HIV Update, Ethics and HIV, Provincetown, Ma (04-21-07)
Grand Rounds:
Psychiatric Comorbidity and HIV/AIDS, Lemuel Shattuck HIV/AIDS Unit, Boston Massachusetts (04-09-07)
Invited Speaker:
HIV Prevention in the Mentally Ill: Motivation- Skills, HIV/STD Prevention in Rural Communities Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana (04-07-07)
Grand Rounds:
Ethical Issues and HIV, Lemuel-Shattuck Hospital Grand Rounds, Boston Massachusetts (03-13-07)

  • Human Growth and Development (MHBM 2008-2011)
  • Psychopathology: (MHBM 2006-2008)
  • Group Dynamics: (MHBM 2002-2007, 2009)
  • Career Counseling: (MHBM 2003-2006, 2007-2014)
  • Clinical Internship: (MHBM 2002-2013)
  • Counseling Techniques: (MHBM 2002-2013)
  • Group Psychotherapy Seminar: (BUSM- Psychiatry Residency Program1997-2007)
  • Clinical Practicum: (MHBM 2002-2005, 2007-2010)
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine-1: (BUSM -Medical Student Education 1994-2002)
  • Counseling Theory (MHBM 2001-2002)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Severe Mental Disorders (BUSM –Psychiatry Residency Program 1995-1999)

Berger-Greenstein, J; Burnham, K; Rollason-Reese, C; Brady, S. “Gender-Specific Approaches to HIV Risk Reductions” manuscript in preparation

Brady, S., Berger-Greenstein, J., Devine, E., Richardson, M., Skolnik, P., Keane, T., Desena, T., Maskulka, M., Levy-Bell, R“Skill Building + Motivational Interviewing for HIV Primary and Secondary Prevention in the Seriously Mentally Ill” manuscript submitted for publication .

Brady, SM (in press). The impact of child sexual abuse on sexual identity formation in gay men. In R. McMackin T Keane and P Kline Understanding the Impact of Clergy Sexual Abuse. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

Applebaum, A., Richardson, M., Brady, S., Brief, D & Keane, T. (2009) 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 and Behavior 13 (1) 60-65.

Brady, SM (2008). The impact of child sexual abuse on sexual identity formation in gay men. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.17 (3-4) 359-376

Berger-Greenstein, J.A., Cuevas, C., Brady, S.M., Trezza, G.R., Richardson, M.A.& Keane (2007) Major Depression in Patients with HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse AIDS Care and STD’s 21 (12) 942-955

Salaycik, KJ., Kelly-Hayes, M., Beiser, A., Nguyen, A-H., Brady, SM & Wolf, PA.(2006). Depressive symptoms and risk of stroke: The Framingham Study. Stroke 1-6

Brief, D.J., Bollinger, A.R., Vielhauer, Berger-Greenstein, J.A., Morgan, E. E., Brady, S.M., Buondonno, L.M., and Keane, T.M. (2004). Understanding the interface of HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse and its implications for health outcomes. AIDS Care. 16 (1), 97-120.

Berger, J., Brady SM., Spiggle, D., Brief, D., Keane, T (2004) Depressive Disorders in the Context of HIV/AIDS: Prevalence and Treatment. In D. Ciraulo & R. Shader (Eds) Pharmacotherapy of Depression (pp. 243-262). Towtowa, NJ: Humana Press.

Brady, SM., Reardan., J. Penk, Losardo. M, Mechade., T. (2003).  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in adults with  serious mental illness and substance abuse. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. 4(4) 77-90.

Brady, SM., Gallagher, D. Berger. J. Vega, M; (2002) Physical and sexual abuse in the lives of HIV+ Women enrolled in a primary medicine HMO.  AIDS Patient Care and STD’s, 14(2) 1-5.

Holmann, SG. Bufka, LF, Brady. SM., DuRand, C., Goff, D., (2002) Cognitive-Behavioral treatment of panic, in patients with schizophrenia.  Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, 14(4) pp. 381-392.

Brady, SM., Hiam M, &Des Jardins K. (2002) Aids risk and knowledge among subgroups of seriously mentally ill adults.  Journal of Healthcare Safety, Compliance and Infection Control 4(6) pp. 279-281.

Brady, SM., (1999) Sexual Identity Issues in Mental Health Care for Older Adults.  Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 32 (2) pp. 183-194.

Brady, SM. The Gay Identity Questionnaire. (1998) In C. Davis et al (eds.), Sexuality Related Measures: A Compendium (pp. 373-374). Thousands Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Brady, SM., (Producer), Frank. D. (Director) 1996

Taking a sexual history in the primary care setting . Fanlight productions, 47 Halifax Street Boston, MA 02130.

Brady, SM, Hiam M, Saemann, R., Fleming, M. and Humbert, L. (1996) Dual diagnosis: A treatment model for substance abuse and major mental illness.  Community Mental Health Journal. 32(6) pp 573-578.

Brady, SM, A Drop-In center model of risk reduction (1998).  In F. Cournos & N. Bakalar (eds.) AIDS and People with Severe Mental Illness, (pp. 136-148) New Haven: Yale University Press.

Brady, SM, Martin, R. (Producers), Frank, D. (Director). (1994)

The HIV Risk Assessment:  Clinical Approaches for Assessing Sexual and Drug use Behavior in the Psychiatric Setting. The Dr. Fuller Institute, 85 East Newton St. Boston, MA 02118.

Tuttle, G., Martin, R., Brady, SM., Hanson, a (1994). AIDS prevention in the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Unpublished Manuscript.

Brady, SM., Busse WJ (1994).  The Gay Identity Questionnaire:  A brief measure of homosexual identity formation.  Journal of Homosexuality, 26 (4), 1-22.

Brady, SM., Martin, R. (Producers), Frank, D. (Director). (1992). The drop-in group

Fanlight Productions, 47 Halifax Street Boston, MA 02130.

Brady, SM., Carmen, E. (H) (1990).  AIDS risk in the mentally ill: Clinical strategies for prevention.  In SM Goldfinger (ed). New Directions for Mental Health Services (pp.83-695). San Francisco: Josey Bass.

Carmen, E. (H), Brady, SM., (1990). AIDS risk and prevention for the chronically mentally ill.  Hospital and Community Psychiatry 41(6), 652-657.

Brady, SM (1983).  The relationship between differences in stages of homosexual identify formation and background characteristics, psychological well-being and homosexual adjustment. Dissertation Abstracts International (University Microfilms International DAO 56952).

Casas, JM, Brady, SM, Ponerotto, JG (1983).  Sexual biases in counseling: An information approach.  Journal of Counseling Psychology,30(2) 139-145.

Atkinson, Dr. Brady, SM., Casas, JM (1981) Sexual similarity, attitude similarity and perceived counselor credibility and attractiveness.Journal of Counseling Psychology, 28 (6), 504-509.