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Linda F Weinreb MD

InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Community Health

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentMasters in Clinical Investigation

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    DepartmentPopulation Health Sciences

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    Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, United StatesBA
    Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, United StatesMDMedicine

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    Linda Weinreb, M.D., is Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Weinreb also serves as the Joy McCann Endowed Professor for Women in Medicine. In her role as Vice Chair, Dr. Weinreb oversees the department’s research efforts. Dr. Weinreb is recognized nationally as an expert on the health and support needs of homeless families. From 1991-1998, Dr. Weinreb conducted a comprehensive epidemiologic study of homeless and low-income housed families. She also has extensive expertise in the development, implementation, and evaluation of health care-based service interventions for homeless and low income housed families and children, and has provided oversight to several nationally recognized programs. Dr. Weinreb has particular interest in interventions that provide mental health and trauma-related services for vulnerable populations in the health care setting. She is currently Principal Investigator of two SAMHSA-funded projects to develop and evaluate a comprehensive intervention for homeless mothers and their children. Dr. Weinreb is also Principal Investigator of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to implement effective treatment models for depression in primary care.

    Dr. Weinreb has published extensively in journals including JAMA, American Journal of Public Health, and Pediatrics, and is frequently invited to speak at national meetings.

    Current Positions


    Vice Chair, Director for Research, Family Medicine and

    CommunityHealth, UMMS

    Medical Director, Homeless Families Program,Family Health

    Center of Worcester, Worcester, MA



    Click here to view Dr. Weinreb's curriculum vitae


    Pennsylvania State University (Milton Hershey), M.D., 1981

    Washington University, St. Louis, MO, BA, 1977

    Postdoctoral Training:

    1981-82 Family Practice Internship, San Francisco General Hospital, University of CA,

    San Francisco, Medical School

    1982-85 Family Practice Residency, San Francisco General Hospital, University of CA,

    San Francisco, Medical School



    HRSA-sponsored Expert Workgroup to address the prevention, co-occurrence, assessment, and services available to mitigate Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Postpartum Depression (PPD) among women served by state and Healthy Start agencies funded by the Maternal and Children Health Bureau.

    Center investigator, Columbia Center for Homelessness Prevention Studies, Columbia University, NY.

    Scholarly Activity

    Principal Investigator, A Model for Primary Care Management of Alcohol Use Disorders Among Homeless Women. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, $438,448. September 20, 2009 – August 31, 2011 (#1R21 AA018311-01).

    Develop and demonstrate efficacy of a collaborative care model for supporting primary care clinicians in treating homeless women with problem alcohol abuse.


    Principal Investigator, Integrated Care Model for Homeless Mothers (ICMHM). National Institute of Mental Health, $715,116. December 11, 2009 – November 30, 2012 (#1R34 MH085881-01A1).

    Principal Investigator, Building Knowledge in the Exit Process for Homeless Families in Worcester, MA. UMMS/Commonwealth Medicine, 7/06 - 12/07.

    Principal Investigator, Depression in Primary Care: Linking Clinical and Systems Strategies, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Planning Grant, 3/02 – 2/03 and Implementation Grant, 4/03-3/06.

    Principal Investigator, Building Mentally Healthy Communities, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 10/01 – 9/04.

    Principal Investigator, Worcester Homeless Families Health and Support Program – Phase 1, Center for Mental Health Services and Center for Substance Abuse Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 9/30/99-9/29/01, Phase 2, 9/30/01-9/29/04.

    Principal Investigator, Hunger: Its Risk and Impact on Poor, Female-Headed Households with Children, US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, 1999-2001.

    Co-Principal Investigator, Homeless Mothers and Children: A Population-Based Study, National Institute of Mental Health, 1991-1994.

    Co-Investigator, Homeless Mothers and Children: A Longitudinal Study, National Institute for Mental Health, 1994-1998.




    Joy McCann Endowed Professorship for Women in Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA


    President's 2001 Public Service Award, University of Massachusetts

    Medical School


    Honorable Mention, Best Research Paper Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine


    Advanced Research Training Award, American Academy of Family Practice


    Woman of Consequence Award, Worcester, Massachusetts


    Outstanding Primary Care Researcher, Generalist Physician Initiative,

    University of Massachusetts Medical School









    Dr. Weinreb is available for mentoring relationships. Please contact her for further information.


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    1. Clark RE, Weinreb L, Flahive JM. Homelessness And Health: The Authors Reply. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 08; 38(8):1412. PMID: 31381385.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Moore Simas TA, Brenckle L, Sankaran P, Masters GA, Person S, Weinreb L, Ko JY, Robbins CL, Allison J, Byatt N. The PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM): study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial of two active interventions addressing perinatal depression in obstetric settings. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 Jul 22; 19(1):256. PMID: 31331292.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    3. Clark RE, Weinreb L, Flahive JM, Seifert RW. Infants Exposed To Homelessness: Health, Health Care Use, And Health Spending From Birth To Age Six. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 05; 38(5):721-728. PMID: 31059358.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Clark RE, Weinreb L, Flahive JM, Seifert RW. Homelessness Contributes To Pregnancy Complications. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 01; 38(1):139-146. PMID: 30615521.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Clark RE, Weinreb L, Flahive JM, Seifert RW. Health Care Utilization and Expenditures of Homeless Family Members Before and After Emergency Housing. Am J Public Health. 2018 06; 108(6):808-814. PMID: 29672141.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Byatt N, Cox L, Moore Simas TA, Kini N, Biebel K, Sankaran P, Swartz HA, Weinreb L. How obstetric settings can help address gaps in psychiatric care for pregnant and postpartum women with bipolar disorder. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2018 10; 21(5):543-551. PMID: 29536256.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    7. Byatt N, Cox L, Moore Simas TA, Biebel K, Sankaran P, Swartz HA, Weinreb L. Access to Pharmacotherapy Amongst Women with Bipolar Disorder during Pregnancy: a Preliminary Study. Psychiatr Q. 2018 03; 89(1):183-190. PMID: 28699029.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Weinreb L, Wenz-Gross M, Upshur C. Postpartum outcomes of a pilot prenatal care-based psychosocial intervention for PTSD during pregnancy. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2018 06; 21(3):299-312. PMID: 29116416.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Byatt N, Moore Simas TA, Biebel K, Sankaran P, Pbert L, Weinreb L, Ziedonis D, Allison J. PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM): a pilot group randomized controlled trial of two approaches to improving depression among perinatal women. J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2018 12; 39(4):297-306. PMID: 28994626.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Upshur CC, Jenkins D, Weinreb L, Gelberg L, Orvek EA. Homeless women's service use, barriers, and motivation for participating in substance use treatment. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2018; 44(2):252-262. PMID: 28806101.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Upshur CC, Jenkins D, Weinreb L, Gelberg L, Orvek EA. Prevalence and predictors of substance use disorders among homeless women seeking primary care: An 11 site survey. Am J Addict. 2017 Oct; 26(7):680-688. PMID: 28677919.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Mattocks KM, Clark R, Weinreb L. Initiation and Engagement with Methadone Treatment among Pregnant and Postpartum Women. Womens Health Issues. 2017 Nov - Dec; 27(6):646-651. PMID: 28641929.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Wenz-Gross M, Weinreb L, Upshur C. Screening for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Prenatal Care: Prevalence and Characteristics in a Low-Income Population. Matern Child Health J. 2016 10; 20(10):1995-2002. PMID: 27400916.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    14. Upshur CC, Wenz-Gross M, Weinreb L, Moffitt JJ. Using Prenatal Advocates to Implement a Psychosocial Education Intervention for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder during Pregnancy: Feasibility, Care Engagement, and Predelivery Behavioral Outcomes. Womens Health Issues. 2016 Sep-Oct; 26(5):537-45. PMID: 27480668.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Wittenberg E, Bharel M, Bridges JF, Ward Z, Weinreb L. Using Best-Worst Scaling to Understand Patient Priorities: A Case Example of Papanicolaou Tests for Homeless Women. Ann Fam Med. 2016 07; 14(4):359-64. PMID: 27401425.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Runyan C, Savageau JA, Potts S, Weinreb L. Impact of a family medicine resident wellness curriculum: a feasibility study. Med Educ Online. 2016; 21:30648. PMID: 27282276.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Weinreb L, Upshur CC, Fletcher-Blake D, Reed G, Frisard C. Managing Depression Among Homeless Mothers: Pilot Testing an Adapted Collaborative Care Intervention. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord. 2016; 18(2). PMID: 27486545.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Byatt N, Pbert L, Hosein S, Swartz HA, Weinreb L, Allison J, Ziedonis D. PRogram In Support of Moms (PRISM): Development and Beta Testing. Psychiatr Serv. 2016 08 01; 67(8):824-6. PMID: 27079994.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Wittenberg E, Bharel M, Saada A, Santiago E, Bridges JF, Weinreb L. Measuring the Preferences of Homeless Women for Cervical Cancer Screening Interventions: Development of a Best-Worst Scaling Survey. Patient. 2015 Oct; 8(5):455-67. PMID: 25586646.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    20. Bharel M, Santiago ER, Forgione SN, Le?n CK, Weinreb L. Eliminating health disparities: innovative methods to improve cervical cancer screening in a medically underserved population. Am J Public Health. 2015 Jul; 105 Suppl 3:S438-42. PMID: 25905832.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    21. Upshur C, Weinreb L, Bharel M, Reed G, Frisard C. A randomized control trial of a chronic care intervention for homeless women with alcohol use problems. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2015 Apr; 51:19-29. PMID: 25488504.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Weinreb L, Byatt N, Moore Simas TA, Tenner K, Savageau JA. What happens to mental health treatment during pregnancy? Women's experience with prescribing providers. Psychiatr Q. 2014 Sep; 85(3):349-55. PMID: 24682626.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Mattocks KM, Frayne S, Phibbs CS, Yano EM, Zephyrin L, Shryock H, Haskell S, Katon J, Sullivan JC, Weinreb L, Ulbricht C, Bastian LA. Five-year trends in women veterans' use of VA maternity benefits, 2008-2012. Womens Health Issues. 2014 Jan-Feb; 24(1):e37-42. PMID: 24439945.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Upshur CC, Weinreb L, Cheng DM, Kim TW, Samet JH, Saitz R. Does experiencing homelessness affect women's motivation to change alcohol or drug use? Am J Addict. 2014 Jan-Feb; 23(1):76-83. PMID: 24313245.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Upshur CC, Weinreb L, Bharel M. Homeless women and hazardous drinking: screening results in a primary health care setting. Am J Addict. 2014 Mar-Apr; 23(2):117-22. PMID: 25187047.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    26. Byatt N, Biebel K, Debordes-Jackson G, Lundquist RS, Moore Simas TA, Weinreb L, Ziedonis D. Community mental health provider reluctance to provide pharmacotherapy may be a barrier to addressing perinatal depression: a preliminary study. Psychiatr Q. 2013 Jun; 84(2):169-74. PMID: 22941573.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Candib LM, Savageau JA, Weinreb L, Reed G. Inquiring into our past: when the doctor is a survivor of abuse. Fam Med. 2012 Jun; 44(6):416-24. PMID: 22733419.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Saver BG, Weinreb L, Gelberg L, Zerger S. Provision of contraceptive services to homeless women: results of a survey of health care for the homeless providers. Women Health. 2012; 52(2):151-61. PMID: 22458291.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Weinreb L, Savageau JA, Candib LM, Reed GW, Fletcher KE, Hargraves JL. Screening for childhood trauma in adult primary care patients: a cross-sectional survey. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2010; 12(6). PMID: 21494339.
    30. Weinreb L, Rog DJ, Henderson KA. Exiting shelter: an epidemiological analysis of barriers and facilitators for families. Soc Serv Rev. 2010; 84(4):597-614. PMID: 21488321.
    31. Upshur C, Weinreb L. A survey of primary care provider attitudes and behaviors regarding treatment of adult depression: what changes after a collaborative care intervention? Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2008; 10(3):182-6. PMID: 18615167.
    32. Weinreb L, Fletcher K, Candib L, Bacigalupe G. Physicians' perceptions of adult patients' history of child abuse in family medicine settings. J Am Board Fam Med. 2007 Jul-Aug; 20(4):417-9. PMID: 17615424.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Weinreb L, Nicholson J, Williams V, Anthes F. Integrating behavioral health services for homeless mothers and children in primary care. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2007 Jan; 77(1):142-52. PMID: 17352595.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Weinreb LF, Buckner JC, Williams V, Nicholson J. A comparison of the health and mental health status of homeless mothers in Worcester, Mass: 1993 and 2003. Am J Public Health. 2006 Aug; 96(8):1444-8. PMID: 16809590.
      Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    35. Weinreb L, Perloff J, Goldberg R, Lessard D, Hosmer DW. Factors associated with health service utilization patterns in low-income women. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2006 Feb; 17(1):180-99. PMID: 16520526.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Rollman BL, Weinreb L, Korsen N, Schulberg HC. Implementation of guideline-based care for depression in primary care. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2006 Jan; 33(1):43-53. PMID: 16215662.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Wehler C, Weinreb LF, Huntington N, Scott R, Hosmer D, Fletcher K, Goldberg R, Gundersen C. Risk and protective factors for adult and child hunger among low-income housed and homeless female-headed families. Am J Public Health. 2004 Jan; 94(1):109-15. PMID: 14713707.
      Citations: 31     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. Weinreb L, Goldberg R, Lessard D. Pap smear testing among homeless and very low-income housed mothers. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2002 May; 13(2):141-50. PMID: 12017905.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. Godkin M, Weinreb L. A pathway on serving multicultural and underserved populations. Acad Med. 2001 May; 76(5):513-4. PMID: 11346550.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Bassuk EL, Dawson R, Perloff J, Weinreb L. Post-traumatic stress disorder in extremely poor women: implications for health care clinicians. J Am Med Womens Assoc (1972). 2001; 56(2):79-85. PMID: 11326804.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. Weinreb L, Goldberg R, Lessard D, Perloff J, Bassuk E. HIV-risk practices among homeless and low-income housed mothers. J Fam Pract. 1999 Nov; 48(11):859-67. PMID: 10907622.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    42. Buckner JC, Bassuk EL, Weinreb LF, Brooks MG. Homelessness and its relation to the mental health and behavior of low-income school-age children. Dev Psychol. 1999 Jan; 35(1):246-57. PMID: 9923479.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    43. Garcia Coll C, Buckner JC, Brooks MG, Weinreb LF, Bassuk EL. The developmental status and adaptive behavior of homeless and low-income housed infants and toddlers. Am J Public Health. 1998 Sep; 88(9):1371-4. PMID: 9736879.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    44. Weinreb L, Goldberg R, Bassuk E, Perloff J. Determinants of health and service use patterns in homeless and low-income housed children. Pediatrics. 1998 Sep; 102(3 Pt 1):554-62. PMID: 9738176.
      Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    45. Hahn ME, Karkowski L, Weinreb L, Henry A, Schanz N, Hahn EM. Genetic and developmental influences on infant mouse ultrasonic calling. II. Developmental patterns in the calls of mice 2-12 days of age. Behav Genet. 1998 Jul; 28(4):315-25. PMID: 9803024.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    46. Weinreb L, Goldberg R, Perloff J. Health characteristics and medical service use patterns of sheltered homeless and low-income housed mothers. J Gen Intern Med. 1998 Jun; 13(6):389-97. PMID: 9669568.
      Citations: 43     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    47. Bassuk EL, Weinreb LF, Dawson R, Perloff JN, Buckner JC. Determinants of behavior in homeless and low-income housed preschool children. Pediatrics. 1997 Jul; 100(1):92-100. PMID: 9200366.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    48. Garbus SB, Moulton BW, Meltzer EO, Reich PR, Weinreb LF, Friedman JA, Orland BI. Considerations in pharmaceutical conversion: focus on antihistamines. Am J Manag Care. 1997 Apr; 3(4):617-30. PMID: 10169530.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    49. Hahn ME, Hewitt JK, Schanz N, Weinreb L, Henry A. Genetic and developmental influences on infant mouse ultrasonic calling. I. A diallel analysis of the calls of 3-day olds. Behav Genet. 1997 Mar; 27(2):133-43. PMID: 9145552.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    50. Bassuk EL, Buckner JC, Weinreb LF, Browne A, Bassuk SS, Dawson R, Perloff JN. Homelessness in female-headed families: childhood and adult risk and protective factors. Am J Public Health. 1997 Feb; 87(2):241-8. PMID: 9103104.
      Citations: 50     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    51. Bassuk EL, Weinreb LF, Buckner JC, Browne A, Salomon A, Bassuk SS. The characteristics and needs of sheltered homeless and low-income housed mothers. JAMA. 1996 Aug 28; 276(8):640-6. PMID: 8773638.
      Citations: 54     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    52. Weinreb L, Browne A, Berson JD. Services for homeless pregnant women: lessons from the field. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1995 Oct; 65(4):492-501. PMID: 8561183.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    53. Bassuk EL, Weinreb L. Homeless pregnant women: two generations at risk. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1993 Jul; 63(3):348-57. PMID: 8372902.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    54. Weinreb L, Buckner JC. Homeless families: program responses and public policies. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1993 Jul; 63(3):400-9. PMID: 8372906.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    55. Weinreb LF, Bassuk EL. Health care of homeless families. A growing challenge for family medicine. J Fam Pract. 1990 Jul; 31(1):74-80. PMID: 2362179.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    56. Weinreb L, Walsh M. Health and psychosocial needs of homeless families: a pilot education and research program. Fam Med. 1990 Jan-Feb; 22(1):58-9. PMID: 2303185.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    57. Weinreb L, McGlynn TJ, Johnson T, Munzenrider RF. Faculty supervision of residents in an internal medicine practice. J Med Educ. 1981 Dec; 56(12):1011-8. PMID: 7310835.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
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