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Ayorkor Gaba PsyD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
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Biotech I 365 Plantation Street
Worcester MA 01605
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    Rutgers University- New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ, United StatesBSPsychology
    Rutgers University- New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ, United StatesPSYDClinical Psychology

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    Ayorkor Gaba, PsyD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Gaba is a faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center of Excellence in Addictions and the Research Core of the Massachusetts Center of Excellence for Specialty Courts (CoE). Dr. Gaba's work has focused on the study and treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder, which has included special populations such as those whom are homeless, veterans, women, and individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Dr. Gaba’s work has been funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. This work includes implementation and testing of evidence-based treatment models including Maintaining Independence and Sobriety through Systems Integration, Outreach, and Networking (MISSION) (MISSIONModel.org) to address co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder; Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy (ABCT) to address alcohol use disorder via a couples intervention and female-specific cognitive behavioral therapy (FS-CBT) to address alcohol use disorder via a gender-informed CBT intervention designed for alcohol-dependent women. Dr. Gaba has worked closely with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Massachusetts Executive Office of the Trial Court, City of Worcester Department of Health and Human Services, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  Last, Dr. Gaba serves as an appointed American Psychological Association NGO representative to the United Nations. Dr. Gaba’s work and interests are informed by cross-cultural, systems, social justice and human rights perspectives.

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    1. Hayaki J, Holzhauer CG, Epstein EE, Cook S, Gaba A, Lorenzo AC, McCrady BS. Menstrual cycle phase, alcohol consumption, alcohol cravings, and mood among women in outpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder. Psychol Addict Behav. 2020 Apr 06. PMID: 32250129.
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    2. Hayaki, J., Holzhauer, C. G., Epstein, E. E., Cook, S., Gaba, A., Lorenzo, A. C., & McCrady, B. S. . Menstrual cycle phase, alcohol consumption, alcohol cravings, and mood among women in treatment for alcohol use disorder. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 2020.
    3. Smelson DA, Gaba A, Pressman K, Clary KM, Shaffer PM, Pinals DA. Embedding a Co-occurring Disorders Rehabilitation Intervention in Veterans Courts: A Pilot Study with Male Veterans. Community Ment Health J. 2020 Jan 31. PMID: 32006293.
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    4. Shaffer, P., Gaba, A., Sprinckmoller, S., Starratt, E. & Smelson, D. . Treatment Needs and Gender Differences Among Clients Entering a Rural Drug Treatment Court with a Co-occurring Disorder. Drug Court Review Volume III. Winter 2020. 2020.
    5. Pinals DA, Gaba A, Clary KM, Barber J, Reiss J, Smelson D. Implementation of MISSION-Criminal Justice in a Treatment Court: Preliminary Outcomes Among Individuals With Co-occurring Disorders. Psychiatr Serv. 2019 Jul 24; appips201800570. PMID: 31337322.
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    6. Hanna J, Kubiak S, Pasman E, Gaba A, Andre M, Smelson D, Pinals DA. Evaluating the implementation of a prisoner re-entry initiative for individuals with opioid use and mental health disorders: Application of the consolidated framework for implementation research in a cross-system initiative. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2019 Jun 20. PMID: 31285078.
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    7. Clary, K., Shaffer, P., Gaba, A., Pinals, D., Smelson, D. Comparing the treatment needs of participants with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in drug and veterans treatment courts. Journal of Substance Use. 2019.
    8. Olmstead TA, Graff FS, Ames-Sikora A, McCrady BS, Gaba A, Epstein EE. Cost-effectiveness of individual versus group female-specific cognitive behavioral therapy for alcohol use disorder. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2019 May; 100:1-7. PMID: 30898323.
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    9. Epstein EE, McCrady BS, Hallgren KA, Gaba A, Cook S, Jensen N, Hildebrandt T, Holzhauer CG, Litt MD. Individual versus group female-specific cognitive behavior therapy for alcohol use disorder. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2018 May; 88:27-43. PMID: 29606224.
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    10. Flores R., Gaba, A., Jaipal, R., Quintero, N., Rubin, N. . Why Global Health Matters: How to (actually) make a difference in the world?. Surviving to Thriving: The role of mental health in facilitating global health and attaining sustainable development. 2017.
    11. Grosso JA, Epstein EE, McCrady BS, Gaba A, Cook S, Backer-Fulghum LM, Graff FS. Women's motivators for seeking treatment for alcohol use disorders. Addict Behav. 2013 Jun; 38(6):2236-45. PMID: 23501141; PMCID: PMC4702486.
    12. Coups EJ, Gaba A, Orleans CT. Physician screening for multiple behavioral health risk factors.Am J Prev Med. 2004 Aug;27(2 Suppl):34-41.
    13. Hunt KA, Gaba A, Lavizzo-Mourey R. Racial and ethnic disparities and perceptions of health care: does health plan type matter? Health Services Research. 2005 Apr;40(2):551-76.
    14. Asanbe, C., Gaba, A., & Yang, J. Mental Health is a Human Right. Psychology International. December 2018.
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