Michelle Acosta
Michelle C. Acosta, PhD
National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. - Principal Investigator / Administrative Director, Center for Technology and Health
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Delaware
MA, Psychology, Wake Forest University
BA, Psychology, University of Richmond
Research Interests
Addiction, Technology-delivered interventions, Veterans, Chronic pain, Youth, Opioids
Michelle Acosta is a Principal Investigator with the Center for Technology and Health at the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. in New York City. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Delaware, and completed a predoctoral internship in Pediatric Psychology at the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Addiction Psychology at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Acosta’s research activities have focused on novel adaptations of evidence-based substance abuse interventions in non-traditional settings that may improve the reach and acceptability of these treatments for vulnerable populations. She has served as Project Manager, Co-Investigator, and Principal Investigator on a number of federally-funded projects. Dr. Acosta has conducted research focused on developing and evaluating substance abuse interventions for medically ill patients (i.e., patients with chronic pain, patients requiring organ transplant), youth including adolescent and young adult smokers and teens with substance use disorders, recent US Veterans, and adults and young adults with opioid use disorders.

Her current interests include the development and evaluation of technology-delivered interventions, including web-based interventions and interventions delivered via mobile platforms. Dr. Acosta enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
Principal Investigator, Preventing Injection: An mHealth Intervention That Leverages Social Networks to Prevent Progression to Injection Among Young Opioid Users. Active


Tofighi B, Leonard N, Greco P, Hadavand A, Acosta MC, Lee JD (2018).
Technology use patterns among patients enrolled in inpatient detoxification treatment
Journal of Addiction Medicine [Epub 2018 Dec 20]. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000494.

Guarino H, Fong C, Marsch LA, Acosta MC, Syckes C, Moore SK, Cruciani RA, Portenoy RK, Turk DC, Rosenblum A (2018).
Web-based cognitive behavior therapy for chronic pain patients with aberrant drug-related behavior: Outcomes from a randomized controlled trial
Pain Medicine, 19 (12), 2423-2437. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnx334. PMCID: PMC6294413.

Possemato K, Johnson EM, Emery JB, Wade M, Acosta MC, Marsch LA, Rosenblum A, Maisto SA (2018).
A pilot study comparing peer supported web-based CBT to self-managed web CBT for primary care veterans with PTSD and hazardous alcohol use
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal [Epub 2018 Nov 29]. doi: 10.1037/prj0000334.

Acosta MC, Possemato K, Maisto SA, Marsch LA, Barrie K, Lantinga L, Fong C, Xie H, Grabinski M, Rosenblum A (2017).
Web-delivered CBT reduces heavy drinking in OEF-OIF veterans in primary care with symptomatic substance use and PTSD
Behavior Therapy, 48 (2), 262-276. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2016.09.001. PMCID: PMC5345259.

Nikulina V, Guarino H, Acosta MC, Marsch LA, Syckes C, Moore SK, Portenoy RK, Cruciani RA, Turk DC, Rosenblum A (2016).
Patient versus provider reports of aberrant medication-taking behavior among opioid-treated chronic pain patients who report misusing opioid medication
Pain, 157 (8), 1791-1798. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000583. PMCID: PMC4949142.

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