Faculty Profile: Lisa Uebelacker, Ph.D.

Lisa Uebelacker
Lisa Uebelacker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-455-6381
My interests center around developing and testing innovative psychosocial methods for treating depression, including collaborative treatment for depression and comorbid health conditions in primary care, and the use of yoga and health education as adjunctive treatments for depression.

Biography

My interests center around developing and testing innovative psychosocial methods for treating depression, including collaborative treatment for depression and comorbid health conditions in primary care, and the use of yoga and health education as adjunctive treatments for depression.

Research Description

My interests center around developing and testing innovative psychosocial methods for treating depression, including collaborative treatment for depression and comorbid health conditions in primary care, and the use of yoga and health education as adjunctive treatments for depression.

Grants and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa
Sigma Xi

Affiliations

American Psychological Association (APA)
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Funded Research

1. Enders Dissertation Research Grant, Yale University, 4/99. $750.
2. Principle Investigator, Motivating Couples for Therapy, National Institute of Mental Health, 7/9/01- 7/8/03. Individual National Research Scholar Award (F32). $68,092.
3. Principle Investigator, Psychotherapy for Depressed Primary Care Patients, National Institute of Mental Health, 12/1/03- 11/30/08. Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23). $838,600.
4. Consultant, Planning for Statewide Coordinated Effort for Integrating Behavioral and Primary Care for Older Adults in RI. SAMHSA work contract.
5. Principle Investigator, Family Check-Up for Depression Prevention, National Institute of Mental Health, 9/30/2005- 5/31/2008. (R34). $418,500.
6. Co-Investigator, Culturally Sensitive Depression Care Management for Latino Patients, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 12/1/2006-12/1/2008.
7. Site Principle Investigator, Emergency Department Suicide Screening and Intervention Trial, National Institute of Mental Health, 10/1/09-9/30/14. (U01MH088278-02). $115,320 (direct costs, year 2, sub only)
8. Co-Investigator, Development of a Yoga Intervention for Antenatal Depression, National Institute of Mental Health, 4/1/2009 – 11/30/2010. (MH085053-01). $138,988 (direct costs, year 1).
9. Co-Investigator, Ehealth BP control program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 10/1/2009- 9/30/2011. (R21HS018238-02). $9,319 (direct costs, year 2, sub only).
10. Co-Investigator, Motivation cessation treatment engagement in depressed inpatient smokers, American Cancer Society. 7/1/08 – 6/30/11. $200,000 (direct costs, year 3).
11. Principle Investigator, Psychosocial treatment development for depression with comorbid chronic pain, National Institute of Mental Health. 7/1/2010- 3/31/2013. (R34MH085762). $174,425 (direct costs, year 1).
12. Principle Investigator, RCT of hatha yoga for persistent depression, National Institute of Nursing Research. 2/2/2011 – 1/31/2015. (R01NR012005-01). 292,000 (direct costs, year 1).
13. Principle Investigator, Treating chronic pain and depression in HIV patients in primary care settings, National Institute of Nursing Research, 7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014. (R21NR013438).
14. Project Director, Primary-behavioral health integration project, Rhode Island Foundation. 7/1/2012- 6/30/2015.

Selected Publications

  • Strong, D. R., Uebelacker, L. A., Schonbrun, Y. C., Durst, A., Saritelli, J., Fokas, K., Brown, R. A., Miller, I. W., & Apodaca, T. (in press). Development of a brief motivational intervention to facilitate engagement of smoking cessation among inpatient depressed smokers. Journal of Smoking Cessation. (IN PRESS)
  • Ahern, D.K., Stinson, L. J., Gupta, P. S., McMurray, J. H., Wroblewski, J. P., Uebelacker, L. A., & Eaton, C. B. (in press). e-health blood pressure control program. Journal of Medical Practice Management. (IN PRESS)
  • Whisman, M.A. & Uebelacker, L. A. (2012). A longitudinal investigation of marital distress as a risk factor for the Metabolic Syndrome. Health Psychology, 31, 80-86. (2012)
  • Uebelacker, L. A., Marootian, B. A., Pirraglia, P., Primack, J. M., Tigue, P., Haggarty, R., Velazquez, L., Bowdoin, J. J., Kalibatseva, Z. & Miller, I. W. (2012). Barriers and Facilitators of Treatment for Depression in a Latino Community: A Focus Group Study. Community Mental Health Journal, 48, 114-26. (2012)
  • Uebelacker, L. A., Marootian, B. A., Tigue, P., Haggarty, R., Primack, J., & Miller, I. W. (2011). Telephone Depression Care Management to Latino Medicaid Health Plan Members: A Pilot Study. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199, 678-83. (2011)
  • Uebelacker, L. A., German, N. M., Gaudiano, B., & Miller, I. W. (2011). Patient health questionnaire depression scale as a suicide screening instrument in depressed primary care patients: a cross-sectional study. The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders, 13, pii: PCC.10m01027. (2011)
  • Battle, C. L., Uebelacker, L. A., Howard, M., & Castaneda, M. (2010). Prenatal yoga and depression during pregnancy. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, 37, 353-354. (2010)
  • Battle, C. B., Uebelacker, L. A., Friedman, M. A., Cardemil, E. V., Beevers, C., & Miller, I. W. (2010). Treatment goals of depressed outpatients. Journal of Psychiatric Practice 16, 425-430. (2010)
  • Uebelacker, L. A., Strong, D., Weinstock, L., & Miller, I. W. (2010). Likelihood of suicidality at varying levels of depression severity: A re-analysis of NESARC data. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 40, 620-627. (2010)
  • Weinstock, L., Strong, D., Uebelacker, L. A, & Miller, I.W. (2010). DSM-IV depressive symptom expression among individuals with a history of hypomania: A comparison to those with or without a history of mania. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 44, 979-985. (2010)
  • Whisman, M. A., Uebelacker, L. A., & Settles, T. (2010). Marital discord and the metabolic syndrome: linking social functioning with physical health. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 367-370. (2010)
  • Uebelacker, L. A., Tremont, G., Epstein-Lubow, G., Gaudiano, B., Kalibatseva, Z., & Miller, I. W. (2010). Open trial of Vinyasa yoga for persistently depressed individuals: evidence of feasibility and acceptability. Behavior Modification, 34, 247-264. (2010)
  • Uebelacker, L. A., Epstein-Lubow, G., Gaudiano, B., Tremont, G., Battle, C. L., & Miller, I. W. (2010). Hatha yoga for depression: critical review of the evidence for efficacy, plausible mechanisms of action, and directions for future research. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 16, 22-33. (2010)
  • Weinstock, L.M., Strong, D., Uebelacker, L.A., & Miller, I.W. (2010). Use of item response theory methodology to evaluate differences between bipolar and unipolar depression. US Psychiatry, 3, 2-7. (2010)
  • Busch, A. M., Uebelacker, L. A., Kalibatseva, Z., & Miller, I.W. (2010). Measuring homework completion in behavioral activation. Behavior Modification, 34, 310-329. (2010)
  • Uebelacker, L. A., Weisberg, R. B., Strong, D., Smith, M., & Miller, I. W. (2009). Time invariant and time-varying predictors of depression symptoms in primary care patients. Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 11, 322-329. (2009)
  • Uebelacker, L. A., Smith, M., Lewis, A.W., Sasaki, R., & Miller, I.W. (2009). Treatment of depression in a low-income primary care setting with co-located mental health care. Families, Systems, and Health, 27, 161- 171. (2009)
  • Whisman, M.A. & Uebelacker, L.A. (2009). Prospective associations between marital discord and depression in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 24, 184-189. (2009)
  • Weinstock, L., Strong, D., Uebelacker, L. A, & Miller, I.W. (2009). Differential functioning of DSM-IV depressive symptoms in individuals with a history of mania vs. those without: An item response theory analysis. Bipolar Disorders, 11, 289-297. (2009)
  • Uebelacker, L. A., Weisberg, R., Haggarty, R., & Miller, I.W. (2009). Adapted behavior therapy for persistently depressed primary care patients: an open trial. Behavior Modification, 33, 374-395 (2009)
  • Uebelacker, L.A., Strong, D., Weinstock, L., & Miller, I. W. (2009). Use of item response theory to understand differential functioning of DSM-IV major depression symptoms by race, ethnicity, and gender. Psychological Medicine, 39, 591-601. (2009)