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Farabaugh, Amy, PhD

Director, Psychotherapy Research, Depression Clinical & Research Program, MGH
Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Dr. Amy Farabaugh is an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of Psychotherapy Research in the Depression Clinical and Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  Dr. Farabaugh entered the PhD program in counseling psychology at Northeastern University in 1996, after completing her Masters in community counseling in 1994 at Loyola University-Chicago.  During her doctoral training years, she became the first non-postdoctoral extern to train on the inpatient unit (Blake 11) of Massachusetts General Hospital, where she assisted in comprehensive treatment of psychiatric patients, conducted brief psychotherapy, and provided cognitive and personality assessments.  She also worked in the MGH Acute Psychiatry Services (APS), where she diagnosed, triaged, and formulated disposition decisions including inpatient hospitalization for patients presenting to the emergency room.

Dr. Farabaugh then completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Brockton/West Roxbury VAMC / Harvard Medical School.  She then was appointed a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School's Depression Clinical and Research Program (DCRP).  As a member of the DCRP, she provided comprehensive assessment and determined patient eligibility for research protocols.  She also provided protocol-driven CBT for research patients in a treatment resistant depression (STAR*D) study.  In this study, she worked with primary care physicians (PCPs) to ensure the implementation of appropriate study procedures.  For MGH's psychiatry outpatient division, she conducted dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) for patients with borderline personality disorder diagnosis, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for outpatients with anxiety and depressive disorders. Additionally, she received two years of training through the Psychodynamic program at MGH to broaden her conceptualization of clinical cases.

After the fellowship, Dr. Farabaugh joined the Depression Clinical and Research Program (DCRP) full-time and became an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School in 2001. She is the Director of Temperament and Personality Studies at the DCRP.  Dr. Farabaugh provides direct clinical care for approximately 25 patients.  She runs CBT and DBT groups and treats couples.  She continues to serve as a therapist and as a clinical research coordination for STAR*D.  In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she serves as a coinvestigator for various pharmacological trials.  She has presented her research at the American Psychiatric Association and has co-authored several original publications.  In 2003, Dr. Farabaugh received the Kaplen Fellowship Award from the Harvard Medical School to study depression in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. 


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Last updated: 7/27/2010