Michelle Acosta
Michelle C. Acosta, PhD
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy - RF Principal Investigator
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 CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy 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. Completed


Buckheit KA, Nolan J, Possemato K, Maisto S, Rosenblum A, Acosta M, Marsch LA (2022).
Insomnia predicts treatment engagement and symptom change: A secondary analysis of a web-based CBT intervention for veterans with PTSD symptoms and hazardous alcohol use
Translational Behavioral Medicine, 12 (1), ibab118. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibab118. PMCID: PMC8764992.

Xie H, Guarino H, Moore SK, Acosta M, Budney AJ, Rosenblum A, Marsch LA, Fong C (2021).
Web-based cognitive behavior therapy for chronic pain patients with aberrant drug-related behavior: How did it work and for whom?
Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 44 (5), 704-714. doi: 10.1007/s10865-021-00219-9. PMCID: PMC8658745.

Possemato K, Johnson EM, Emery JB, Wade M, Acosta MC, Marsch LA, Rosenblum A, Maisto SA (2019).
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, 42 (3), 305-313. doi: 10.1037/prj0000334. PMCID: PMC6541543.

Tofighi B, Leonard N, Greco P, Hadavand A, Acosta MC, Lee JD (2019).
Technology use patterns among patients enrolled in inpatient detoxification treatment
Journal of Addiction Medicine, 13 (4), 279-286. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000494. PMCID: PMC6586521.

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.

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