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Roger P Greenberg, PhD

Roger P Greenberg, PhD
Appointed 07/01/68
312 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
713 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-8668

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Education & Fellowships

  • Internship: Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
  • Fellowship: US Public Health, 1968
  • PhD: Syracuse University, 1968
  • Fellowship: US Public Health, 1964

Clinical Interests

  • Psychotherapy, psychosomatics, personality theories

Research Interests

  • Comparative efficacy of psychotherapy and medication treatments. Psychodynamics and personality.

Specialties & Certification

  • Clinical Psychology

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Marital Problems


  • Adults


  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital

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Research Abstract

Comparative Efficacy of Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacological Treatments.

This program of studies attempts to delineate the relative merits of biological and psychosocial treatments for psychological distress. Along with critical reviews of the outcome literature, the project examines the potential biases inherent in typical outcome study designs. The aim is to decrease the level of uncertainty about the potency of various treatments and provide guidelines for increasing effectiveness.

Psychodynamics and Personality.

This work involves a series of studies geared toward understanding critical factors in the development of personality and various forms of psychopathology. The validity of a variety of hypothesis derived from psychodynamic personality theory is assessed. A goal is to sharpen the understanding of what motivates various behaviors and thereby enhance the impact of psychological treatments.

Selected References

Greenberg, R.P. and S. Fisher: Examining antidepressant effectiveness: Findings, ambiguities, and some vexing puzzles. In: The Limits of Biological Treatments for Psychological Distress: Comparisons with Psychotherapy and Placebo, S. Fisher and R.P. Greenberg (eds.), Erlbaum, Hillsdale, NJ, 1989.

Greenberg, R.P., R.F. Bornstein, M.D. Greenberg and S. Fisher: A meta-analysis of antidepressant outcome under blinder conditions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 60:664-669, 1992.

Fisher, S and Greenberg, R.P. Freud scientifically reappraised: Testing the theories and therapy. Wiley, New York, 1996.

Greenberg, R.P. and Fisher, S. Mood-mending medicines: Probing drug, psychotherapy and placebo solutions. In S. Risher & R.P. Greenberg (Eds.), From placebo to panacea: Putting psychiatric drugs to the test. pp 115-172. Wily, New York, 1997.

Greenberg, R.P. Essential ingredients for successful psychotherapy: The impact of common factors. In M.J. Dewan, B.N. Steenbarger and R.P. Greenberg (Eds), The art and science of brief psychotherapies: A practitioner's guide. American Psychiatric Press, 2004

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