Sarah Meshberg-Cohen, PhD

Assistant Professor

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Psychology Section


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, and dual diagnosis. Dr. Meshberg-Cohen’s clinical work utilizes evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement, cognitive processing therapy, and interpersonal therapy including cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP). Her research focuses on improving EBTs for substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Dr. Meshberg-Cohen serves as the Coordinator of the VACHS Outpatient Addiction Recovery Service and her clinical work and research treating individuals with co-occurring addictions and trauma has led to increased interest in improving treatment engagement and adherence for returning service members, resulting in research examining the role of PTSD C&P claims on Veterans’ overall treatment engagement, quality of life, and mental health outcomes.

Education & Training

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

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