Dr. Cassandra Berbary joined the College of Health Science and Technology at RIT as research faculty in 2019. She is a licensed psychologist and is jointly appointed with Rochester Regional Health. Dr. Berbary received her doctorate degree in school psychology from Duquesne University and specializes in working with children and adolescents. Dr. Berbary’s clinical work focuses on child and adolescent diagnostic assessment as well as evidence-based mental health and substance use program implementation and training of clinicians and pre-doctoral interns. Dr. Berbary was recently awarded a HRSA grant to increase training opportunities and the number of interns trained to provide interdisciplinary behavioral health services for children, adolescents, and transitional youth in highly underserved communities of Monroe County in upstate New York. Her research focuses on the use of interactive technology within mental health and substance use treatment for youth. She is currently developing an avatar-assisted cognitive behavioral therapy platform for treatment of substance use and co-occurring psychiatric distress among adolescents.
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June 12, 2023
RIT and FDA test digital therapy/avatar to treat addiction, reduce intimate partner violence
Researchers from five colleges at RIT are testing a new way to deliver mental health therapy to people struggling with alcohol/drug addiction and aggressive behavior. RIT is running a randomized clinical trial with the Food and Drug Administration to test the therapy platform “RITchCBT” as a tool for treating people whose substance use disorders have led to intimate partner violence.
October 18, 2022
Digital therapy treatments give RIT researchers tools to reach rural communities in N.Y. and N.H.
RIT behavioral health researchers are providing remote mental health care and addiction therapy to rural communities in New York and New Hampshire and training for therapists to deploy the digital treatments at their clinics.
January 4, 2022
RIT clinical psychology program wins award from Lee Foundation
Caroline Easton, director of the RIT Priority Behavioral Health and Clinical Psychology program, was awarded $100,000 from the Buffalo-based Patrick P. Lee Foundation to create a new clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship.