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Dr. Rodger Kessler has been appointed the Chair of Research and Evaluation for the ASU College of Health Solutions, Doctor of Behavioral Health program, with shared responsibilities in the Department of Bioinformatics and School for the Science of Health Care Delivery. This is a substantial increase in time and responsibility from his prior position as part-time Faculty Associate for the DBH program. Dr. Kessler is a leader in research on integrated behavioral health care and this new position reflects the DBH commitment to applied clinical effectiveness research that will benefit our students and graduates.
Rodger Kessler Ph.D. ABPP is a board certified clinical health psychologist practicing in integrated primary care for over 20 years. He has developed integrated care in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gastroenterology. He has edited two books and has over 50 referred publication
Dr. Kessler is Co-Principal Investigator of the 5-year Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care (IBH-PC) comparative effectiveness trial funded by PCORI. His research focuses on the effectiveness of evidence supported behavioral interventions to treat medical problems, and the applications of behavioral bioinformatics.
He is Director of Primary Care Behavioral Health at Fletcher Allen Health Care Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) project. In this role he has designed, implemented and evaluated the effectiveness of three Fletcher Allen PCMH collaborative practices, with four others in development. He is Research Director of the Collaborative Care Research Network (CCRN), a sub-network of the National Research Network (NRN), and Senior Scientist of the American Academy of Family Medicine. He is Principal Investigator of a recently completed survey of all National Council of Quality Assurance Certified Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) investigating PCMH response to mental health, substance abuse and health behavior services need. He is co-investigator on an AHRQ R-24 AHRQ to conduct research in a national sample of Collaborative Care practices. He has edited, Collaborative Medicine Case Studies: Evidence in Practice, published by Springer Publishers and is currently working on his next Springer book, Mental Health in the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Design, Processes and Outcomes. With colleagues Christine and Chris Hunter, he will be an editor of Health Psychology in the Medical Setting, also with Springer. He has over 50 other publications to his credit. He is a senior editor of the new Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) journal Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research and Associate editor of the journal Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings and consulting editor of Professional Psychology Research and Practice and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Psychology and Family Systems and Health. In March of 2009 he edited a special issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings on Collaborative Behavioral Health in Primary Care.