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Sarah Meshberg-Cohen, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Clinic Director, Outpatient Addiction Recovery Service (OARS), VA Connecticut Healthcare System

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Sarah Meshberg-Cohen, PhD



Sarah Meshberg-Cohen, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a background in behavioral medicine, and specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, chronic depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and dual diagnosis. Dr. Meshberg-Cohen serves as the Director of the VACHS Outpatient Addiction Recovery Service and Program Manager of VACHS Addiction Firm. Her clinical work utilizes evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement, cognitive processing therapy, written exposure therapy, and cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP). Her research focuses on improving evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders and comorbid psychiatric conditions, often involving trauma. She is the Principal Investigator on a grant-funded randomized clinical trial investigating the feasibility and efficacy of written exposure therapy (WET) for veterans seeking SUD treatment who present with comorbid PTSD. Dr. Meshberg-Cohen also serves as co-Investigator on a clinical trial examining the impact of cognitive processing therapy with buprenorphine maintenance for veterans with comorbid opioid use disorder and PTSD.

Education & Training

  • Post-Doctoral Associate
    Yale University School of Medicine (2012)
  • PhD
    Virginia Commonwealth University (2010)
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (2010)
  • MS
    Virginia Commonwealth University (2006)
  • BA
    Skidmore College, Psychology (2002)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Distinguished Psychologist for Contributions to Clinical CareVA Connecticut Healthcare System2023

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