Dr. Elizabeth Epstein

Elizabeth Epstein, Ph.D. has maintained a psychology practice treating adolescents, adults, and seniors in individual, family, couple, and group therapy since 1994.  She is trained and experienced in assessment of all adolescent and adult psychological disorders. Dr. Epstein has expertise in providing and training other professionals to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety, trauma, and interpersonal or relationship (including marital) issues. She also treats people for stress and challenges related to life transitions (divorce, separation, illness) and treats individuals who are concerned about substance use by a loved one.  Additionally, she is trained and experienced in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) for risky and problem substance use (including alcohol, opiates [heroin, painkillers], marijuana, cocaine, sedatives, stimulants, hallucinogens), and gambling.

Dr. Epstein received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut in 1989 and is a licensed psychologist in the states of Connecticut and New Jersey. Dr. Epstein is Professor Emerita at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University, where she spent many years developing and testing cognitive behavioral and motivational enhancement therapy for people with alcohol and drug use disorders as well as those struggling with depression, anxiety, and other challenges. While at Rutgers, Dr. Epstein was also Director of an outpatient clinic, the Program for Addictions Consultation and Treatment (PACT), ran a training program there for doctoral students in clinical psychology, and was contributing faculty in the graduate psychology departments and in the medical school.  Dr. Epstein is currently Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she does (NIH) funded treatment and prevention research on alcohol behavioral couple therapy for military personnel and veterans.  She also serves as a Master Trainer and Clinical Training consultant for the Veteran Affairs program to implement evidence based treatments (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) for substance use disorders. Elizabeth Epstein, Ph.D.

Dr. Epstein is a nationally recognized expert in evidence-based assessment and treatment of alcohol and drug use disorders and co-occurring problems; she has published widely in scientific journals as well as book chapters, and has lectured widely at scientific conferences, colloquia, and workshops. Dr. Epstein’s clinical research has been funded for 27 years by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, developing CBT treatment and prevention manuals.

Dr. Epstein also offers consultation for anyone who is concerned that he/she or a family member may be drinking too much or using drugs in a risky way. Dr. Epstein is a compassionate and careful listener and is skilled at helping her patients to identify and resolve factors creating and maintaining challenges and distress.  She also incorporates a positive psychology approach to help people identify and attain their goals in life.

Dr. Epstein is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and the Research Society on Alcoholism.