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Douglas Zeidonis, M.D., M.P.H

Douglas Ziedonis, M.D., M.P.H

Member, RiverMend Health Scientific Advisory Board

Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School

My Clinical Expertise:

  • Co-Occuring Addiction
  • Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Health
  • Mindfulness

Douglas Ziedonis, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care. He is President of UMass Memorial Behavioral Health Services with an extensive network of services throughout Massachusetts and leads a system-wide behavioral health steering group. Dr. Ziedonis is internationally recognized for his research and leadership in addressing co-occurring addiction and mental illness, in particular tobacco and also food addiction. He is Director of the UMass Center of Excellence (COE) in Addictions and Co-Director of the UMass COE in Neurosciences. He and his research team have been well-funded by NIH, SAMHSA, Foundations, Veteran Affairs (VA), and state research grants. His studies include developing and evaluating medication and behavioral therapy approaches and organizational change interventions.

Dr. Ziedonis has served on numerous NIH Review Committees, editorial boards, and national committees. His current global research initiatives include projects in China, Korea, Finland, Latvia, United Kingdom, and Norway. He is an author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles, numerous chapters, 3 co-edited books and 15 behavioral therapy manuals. He was an advisor to President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the President’s Cancer Panel, and the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee on Gulf War and Health: Smoking Cessation in Military and Veteran Populations. He received the Norman H. Edelman Clinical Science Mentoring Award and the UMass Women's Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentoring to Women Faculty. He co-leads the UMass Memorial’s Employee and Family Wellness Initiative. Dr. Ziedonis graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina, Pennsylvania State University’s Medical School, UCLA’s General Psychiatry residency & Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, and Yale University’s School of Public Health. He served on faculty at Yale University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School & Rutgers University’s Center for Alcohol Studies.

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Professor and Chair, UMass Memorial Health Care
  • President, UMass Memorial Behavioral Health Services
  • Director, UMass Center of Excellence, Addictions
  • Co-Director, UMass Center of Excellence, Neurosciences
  • Graduate, Davidson College in North Carolina
  • Graduate, Pennsylvania State University’s Medical School
  • Residency, General Psychiatry, UCLA
  • Fellowship, Addiction Psychiatry, UCLA
  • Yale University, School of Public Health
  • Author/Co-Author, over 150 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, books and manuals
  • Advisor, President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, The President’s Cancel Panel, Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Gulf War and Health: Smoking Cessation in Military and Veteran Populations
  • Recipient, Norman H. Edelman Clinical Science Mentoring Award
  • Recipient, UMass Women’s Faculty Award
  • Co-Leader, UMass Memorial’s Employee and Family Wellness Initiative