Risa B. Weisberg, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry

Risa Weisberg
150 S Huntington Avenue


Risa B. Weisberg, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of Training for the VA Boston Healthcare System Psychology Internship Program. She is also an Adjunct Professor for both the departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School, Brown University. Dr. Weisberg is a committed mentor, assisting in the development of clinical research skills in psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows. She works across the domains of training, supervising, treating patients, and conducting research, while being an active member of numerous committees,associations, and editorial boards.

Dr. Weisberg is a graduate of Tufts University (BA) and the University at Albany, State University of New York (PhD in clinical psychology). She completed a pre-doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Psychology Training Consortium.

Dr. Weisberg’s research interests are anxiety disorders, mental and behavioral health treatment in general medical settings, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based care, and sexual and reproductive health. Currently, she is the principal investigator (MPI) of 2 National Institute of Health funded projects to develop behavioral treatments for primary care patients with chronic low back pain and comorbid physical and mental health problems (depression, HIV+, and opiate dependence). She has also served as PI and Co-investigator of the Harvard/Brown Anxiety Research Project (HARP) and the Primary Care Anxiety Project (PCAP). Both were longitudinal, observational studies, examining the nature and course of anxiety disorders. HARP focused on anxiety in ethnic minorities, and PCAP focused on anxiety in primary care patients. She has completed a K-23 Career Development Award that developed a cognitive-behavioral therapy for primary care patients with anxiety disorders.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • State University of New York at Albany, PhD
  • Tufts University, BA


  • Published on 10/17/2018

    Moitra E, Duarte-Velez Y, Lewis-Fernández R, Weisberg RB, Keller MB. Examination of ataque de nervios and ataque de nervios like events in a diverse sample of adults with anxiety disorders. Depress Anxiety. 2018 Oct 17. PMID: 30328649.

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  • Published on 5/6/2018

    Kuckertz JM, Schofield CA, Clerkin EM, Primack J, Boettcher H, Weisberg RB, Amir N, Beard C. Attentional Bias Modification for Social Anxiety Disorder: What do Patients Think and Why does it Matter? Behav Cogn Psychother. 2018 May 06; 1-23. PMID: 29729676.

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  • Published on 1/2/2018

    Shepardson RL, Buchholz LJ, Weisberg RB, Funderburk JS. Psychological interventions for anxiety in adult primary care patients: A review and recommendations for future research. J Anxiety Disord. 2018 Mar; 54:71-86. PMID: 29427898.

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  • Published on 9/13/2017

    Garnaat SL, Weisberg RB, Uebelacker LA, Herman DS, Bailey GL, Anderson BJ, Sharkey KM, Stein MD. The overlap of sleep disturbance and depression in primary care patients treated with buprenorphine. Subst Abus. 2017 Oct-Dec; 38(4):450-454. PMID: 28901836.

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  • Published on 3/3/2017

    Goodwin CL, Weisberg RB. Cognitive-behavioural therapy may reduce high rates of service use among frequent primary care attenders. Evid Based Nurs. 2017 04; 20(2):52. PMID: 28258063.

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  • Published on 12/1/2016

    Fuchs CH, Haradhvala N, Evans DR, Nash JM, Weisberg RB, Uebelacker LA. Implementation of an acceptance- and mindfulness-based group for depression and anxiety in primary care: Initial outcomes. Fam Syst Health. 2016 Dec; 34(4):386-395. PMID: 27977290.

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  • Published on 9/26/2016

    Lipschitz JM, Paiva AL, Redding CA, Levesque D, Rossi JS, Weisberg RB, Prochaska JO. Development and Preliminary Psychometric Evaluation of Decisional Balance and Self-Efficacy Measures for Managing Anxiety in a National Sample of Clinically Anxious Adults. Am J Health Promot. 2018 Jan; 32(1):215-223. PMID: 27670270.

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  • Published on 8/1/2016

    Uebelacker LA, Weisberg RB, Herman DS, Bailey GL, Pinkston-Camp MM, Garnaat SL, Stein MD. Pilot Randomized Trial of Collaborative Behavioral Treatment for Chronic Pain and Depression in Persons Living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Behav. 2016 Aug; 20(8):1675-81. PMID: 27115400.

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  • Published on 4/11/2016

    Shepardson RL, Funderburk JS, Weisberg RB. Adapting evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral interventions for anxiety for use with adults in integrated primary care settings. Fam Syst Health. 2016 Jun; 34(2):114-27. PMID: 27064434.

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  • Published on 6/27/2015

    Uebelacker LA, Weisberg RB, Herman DS, Bailey GL, Pinkston-Camp MM, Stein MD. Chronic Pain in HIV-Infected Patients: Relationship to Depression, Substance Use, and Mental Health and Pain Treatment. Pain Med. 2015 Oct; 16(10):1870-81. PMID: 26119642.

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