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Dr. Jessica Magidson, PhD
Lab Director

Dr. Jessica Magidson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and as a Staff Psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Her research focuses on evaluating brief behavioral interventions to address substance use in the context of medical and psychiatric comorbidity in the US and sub-Saharan Africa. Current active research projects include an implementation science trial to evaluate a paraprofessional-delivered behavioral intervention for substance use and HIV medication adherence in Cape Town, South Africa. She also has a funded line of research evaluating the clinical and cost effectiveness of recovery coaches, peers in substance use recovery, who are formally integrated into primary care. Prior NIH-funded research projects include an effectiveness trial evaluating a brief behavioral activation intervention to address depression and substance use treatment outcomes at Salvation Army Harbor Light substance use treatment center in Washington DC, and an evaluation of factors explaining the relationship between depression and HIV medication adherence among individuals living with HIV/AIDS and substance use disorders in Washington DC. In addition to research, she provides clinical care, training, and supervision for cognitive behavioral therapy-and mindfulness-based interventions for depression and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and co-occurring chronic health conditions. 


University of Maryland, College Park
PhD Clinical Psychology

University of Maryland, College Park
MS Clinical Psychology

Dartmouth College
BA Psychology