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Sarah Meshberg-Cohen, PhD

Sarah Meshberg-Cohen, PhD

Sarah Meshberg-Cohen, PhD

Research Psychologist

Clinical Neurosciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Yale School of Medicine, Assistant Professor


  • Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012
  • Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Predoctoral Internship, 2010
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Clinical Psychology, PhD, 2010
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Clinical Psychology, MS, 2006
  • Skidmore College, Psychology, BA, 2002

Expertise and Interests

  • Trauma-focused treatment for comorbid PTSD and Substance Use Disorders
  • Improving evidence-based treatments for PTSD
  • Treatment engagement and retention among individuals with psychiatric comorbidities
  • Treating comorbid trauma and opioid use

Membership in Professional Societies

  • 2017-Present American Psychological Association (Member)
  • 2009-Present National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (Member)

Awards and Honors

  • Women and Gender Junior Investigator Travel Award on behalf of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Conference
  • Best Scientific Poster Award at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference
  • Outstanding Behavioral Medicine Track Graduate Student Award on behalf Virginia Commonwealth University

Selected Publications

Meshberg-Cohen, S., Black, A. C. DeViva, J.C., Petrakis, I.L., & Rosen, M.I. (2019). Trauma treatment for veterans in buprenorphine maintenance treatment for opioid use disorder. Addictive Behaviors, 89, 29-34.

Black, A. C., Meshberg-Cohen, S., Perez-Ortiz, A. C., Thornhill, T. A., & Rosen, M. I. (2018). Veterans' compensation claims beliefs predict timing of PTSD treatment use relative to compensation and pension exam. PLOS one, 13(12), e0209488.

Meshberg-Cohen, S., Kachadourian, L., Black, A., Rosen, M. I. (2017). Relationship between substance use and attitudes towards seeking professional psychological help among veterans filing PTSD claims. Addictive Behaviors, 74: 9-12.

Meshberg-Cohen, S., DeViva, J., Rosen, M. I. (2017). Counseling veterans who are applying for service-connection for mental health conditions. Psychiatric Services, 68(4): 396-399.

Meshberg-Cohen, S., Presseau, C., Thacker, L. R., Hefner, K., & Svikis, D. (2016). Posttraumatic stress disorder, health problems, and depression among African American women in residential substance use treatment. Journal of Women's Health, 25(7): 729-737.

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