Deborah J. Brief, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Deborah Brief
617.232.9500
150 S Huntington Avenue

Biography

Dr. Brief is the Section Chief for Substance Abuse Treatment Services in VA Boston Healthcare System and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Boston University. She received her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1984 and completed an NIAAA post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in 1987. She is a clinical supervisor and faculty member in the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program and the VA Boston Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program.

Dr. Brief’s research has focused on evaluating the effectiveness of psychosocial and pharmacological treatment interventions for alcohol and drug dependence, and co-occurring substance use and posttraumatic stress disorder. Most recently she has begun to research the effectiveness of web-based interventions to address problem drinking and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in returning veterans. Her research has been funded by NIAAA, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and the VA.

Other Positions

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • VA Boston Healthcare System

Education

  • University of Illinois, PhD
  • University of Illinois, MA
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA

Publications

  • Published on 1/29/2021

    Livingston NA, Simpson T, Lehavot K, Ameral V, Brief DJ, Enggasser J, Litwack S, Helmuth E, Roy M, Rosenbloom D, Keane TM. Differential alcohol treatment response by gender following use of VetChange. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 04 01; 221:108552. PMID: 33556659.

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  • Published on 12/24/2020

    Pugatch M, Chang G, Garnick D, Brolin M, Brief D, Miller C, Fleming J, Blaney D, Harward B, Hodgkin D. Rates and predictors of brief intervention for women veterans returning from recent wars: Examining gaps in service delivery for unhealthy alcohol use. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 04; 123:108257. PMID: 33612192.

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  • Published on 12/11/2020

    Enggasser JL, Livingston NA, Ameral V, Brief DJ, Rubin A, Helmuth E, Roy M, Solhan M, Litwack S, Rosenbloom D, Keane TM. Public implementation of a web-based program for veterans with risky alcohol use and PTSD: A RE-AIM evaluation of VetChange. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021 03; 122:108242. PMID: 33509419.

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  • Published on 5/7/2020

    Schreiner AM, Livingston NA, Heilman M, Lynch T, Vittorio L, Brief DJ, Rubin A, Enggasser JL, Roy M, Solhan M, Helmuth E, Rosenbloom D, Keane TM. Understanding motives for and against hazardous drinking and change among returning veterans. Psychol Serv. 2021 Nov; 18(4):523-532. PMID: 32378932.

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  • Published on 3/20/2020

    Livingston NA, Mahoney CT, Ameral V, Brief D, Rubin A, Enggasser J, Litwack S, Helmuth E, Roy M, Solhan M, Rosenbloom D, Keane T. Changes in alcohol use, PTSD hyperarousal symptoms, and intervention dropout following veterans' use of VetChange. Addict Behav. 2020 08; 107:106401. PMID: 32272356.

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  • Published on 1/4/2019

    Timko C, Below M, Vittorio L, Taylor E, Chang G, Lash S, Festin FED, Brief D. Randomized controlled trial of enhanced telephone monitoring with detoxification patients: 3- and 6-month outcomes. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2019 04; 99:24-31. PMID: 30797391.

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  • Published on 4/1/2018

    Najavits LM, Enggasser J, Brief D, Federman E. A randomized controlled trial of a gender-focused addiction model versus 12-step facilitation for women veterans. Am J Addict. 2018 04; 27(3):210-216. PMID: 29596724.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Brief DJ, Solhan M, Rybin D, Enggasser JL, Rubin A, Roy M, Helmuth E, Schreiner A, Heilman M, Vittorio L, Rosenbloom D, Keane TM. Web-based alcohol intervention for veterans: PTSD, combat exposure, and alcohol outcomes. Psychol Trauma. 2018 Mar; 10(2):154-162. PMID: 28569525.

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  • Published on 3/1/2015

    Enggasser JL, Hermos JA, Rubin A, Lachowicz M, Rybin D, Brief DJ, Roy M, Helmuth E, Rosenbloom D, Keane TM. Drinking goal choice and outcomes in a Web-based alcohol intervention: results from VetChange. Addict Behav. 2015 Mar; 42:63-8. PMID: 25671224.

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  • Published on 12/3/2014

    Timko C, Below M, Schultz NR, Brief D, Cucciare MA. Patient and program factors that bridge the detoxification-treatment gap: a structured evidence review. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2015 May; 52:31-9. PMID: 25530425.

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