Rebecca M. Ametrano

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Rebecca Ametrano
1400 VFW Parkway


Dr. Ametrano is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and serves as a Health Behavior Coordinator at VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) working with the Primary Care and Behavioral Medicine clinics. She earned her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and completed her pre-doctoral internship (General Mental Health & Neuropsychology) and postdoctoral fellowship (General Mental Health) training at VABHS. Dr. Ametrano works collaboratively with medical center staff to increase the use of patient-centered interventions, such as motivational interviewing, to help facilitate health behavior change in patients (e.g., weight management, smoking cessation, improved sleep). Dr. Ametrano also has a strong commitment to education and mentorship, and she provides supervision to clinical psychology trainees in Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Ametrano’s research has focused primarily on common factors in psychotherapy, such as patient expectations and the therapeutic alliance. She has particular interest in how these factors influence behavior change in integrated medical settings.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, PhD
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, MS
  • University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, BA


  • Published on 4/11/2022

    Ametrano RM, McGillicuddy ML, Sanyal S, Topor DR. Training Interprofessional Staff in Whole Health Clinical Care at the Veterans Health Administration. Glob Adv Health Med. 2022; 11:2164957X221092361. PMID: 35433116.

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  • Published on 2/11/2016

    Constantino MJ, Coyne AE, McVicar EL, Ametrano RM. The relative association between individual difference variables and general psychotherapy outcome expectation in socially anxious individuals. Psychother Res. 2017 Sep; 27(5):583-594. PMID: 26866269.

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  • Published on 5/1/2014

    Perkins SC, Smith-Darden J, Ametrano RM, Graham-Bermann S. Typologies of Violence Exposure and Cognitive Processing in Incarcerated Male Adolescents. J Fam Violence. 2014 May 01; 29(4):439-451. PMID: 25104877.

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  • Published on 10/15/2012

    Constantino MJ, Ametrano RM, Greenberg RP. Clinician interventions and participant characteristics that foster adaptive patient expectations for psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic change. Psychotherapy (Chic). 2012 Dec; 49(4):557-69. PMID: 23066922.

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  • Published on 2/1/2011

    Constantino MJ, Arnkoff DB, Glass CR, Ametrano RM, Smith JZ. Expectations. J Clin Psychol. 2011 Feb; 67(2):184-92. PMID: 21128304.

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  • Published on 10/1/2010

    Deckersbach T, Nierenberg AA, Kessler R, Lund HG, Ametrano RM, Sachs G, Rauch SL, Dougherty D. RESEARCH: Cognitive rehabilitation for bipolar disorder: An open trial for employed patients with residual depressive symptoms. CNS Neurosci Ther. 2010 Oct; 16(5):298-307. PMID: 19895584.

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  • Published on 12/24/2009

    Sylvia LG, Ametrano RM, Nierenberg AA. Exercise treatment for bipolar disorder: potential mechanisms of action mediated through increased neurogenesis and decreased allostatic load. Psychother Psychosom. 2010; 79(2):87-96. PMID: 20051706.

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  • Published on 6/1/2009

    Perlis RH, Dennehy EB, Miklowitz DJ, Delbello MP, Ostacher M, Calabrese JR, Ametrano RM, Wisniewski SR, Bowden CL, Thase ME, Nierenberg AA, Sachs G. Retrospective age at onset of bipolar disorder and outcome during two-year follow-up: results from the STEP-BD study. Bipolar Disord. 2009 Jun; 11(4):391-400. PMID: 19500092.

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  • Published on 7/1/2008

    Ostacher MJ, Nierenberg AA, Iosifescu DV, Eidelman P, Lund HG, Ametrano RM, Kaczynski R, Calabrese J, Miklowitz DJ, Sachs GS, Perlick DA. Correlates of subjective and objective burden among caregivers of patients with bipolar disorder. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2008 Jul; 118(1):49-56. PMID: 18582347.

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  • Published on 4/1/2008

    Nierenberg AA, Ostacher MJ, Huffman JC, Ametrano RM, Fava M, Perlis RH. A brief review of antidepressant efficacy, effectiveness, indications, and usage for major depressive disorder. J Occup Environ Med. 2008 Apr; 50(4):428-36. PMID: 18404015.

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