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Kyle Davis, PhD


Kyle Davis, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Davis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at Oklahoma State University and his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Davis completed specialized training during his predoctoral internship in mood and sleep disorders, chronic pain, and weight management at the University of California, San Diego and in primary care mental health integration while serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education at the Boise VA Medical Center. Dr. Davis joined St. Luke’s Idaho Pulmonary Associates in April 2016 where he specializes in behavioral sleep medicine. Dr. Davis also serves in an administrative capacity at St. Luke's Healthcare System where he helps develop, disseminate, and assess behavioral health interventions across the hospital system.

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Jennifer Felder, PhD


Dr. Jennifer Felder completed her clinical internship at Duke University in 2015, and is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco in the Preterm Birth Initiative and the Psychology and Medicine T32 fellowship program. Dr. Felder studies perinatal sleep, mood, stress, and health outcomes (such as preterm birth). As a graduate student at University of Colorado Boulder, Dr. Felder served as a clinical interviewer, data manager, and assisted with data analyses for an NIMH-funded study testing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for the prevention of perinatal depression. Our research team (PIs: Drs. Dimidjian and Goodman) found that MBCT adapted for the perinatal period is feasible and acceptable to pregnant women, and associated with significantly lower rates of depressive relapse compared to usual care.  These findings have important public health implications, as preventive approaches may have unique benefit in averting the acute and long-lasting risks associated with perinatal depression.  However, many perinatal women do not receive depression care, highlighting the need to increase access to. In a study of men and women at risk for depression, web-based delivery of MBCT (Mindful Mood Balance; MMB) was feasible and associated with significantly greater reductions in residual depressive symptoms compared to matched-case controls (PIs: Drs. Dimidjian and Segal). For her dissertation, Dr. Felder extended this work to examine the MMB program in pregnant women at risk for depressive relapse. Participants demonstrated engagement with the program, reported perceiving benefits in the intended depression prevention targets of MMB, and sustained minimal to mild depressive symptom severity over the course of the program despite being at risk for depressive relapse. Dr. Felder has also examined the feasibility and efficacy of other novel delivery formats, including a public health teen parent education program and group prenatal care. Through her clinical and research work, Dr. Felder has become increasingly interested in the role that sleep plays in the development and maintenance of depression during the perinatal period.  She is leading the UCSF Research on Expecting moms and Sleep Therapy (REST) Study to examine a digital cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia program for pregnant women. 

Below is a selected list of peer-reviewed and in preparation publications.

1.    Felder, J.N., Epel, E., Lewis, J.B., Cunningham, S., Tobin, J.N., Schindler Rising, S., Thomas, M., & Ickovics, J.R. (In press).  Effect of Group Prenatal Care on Depressive Symptoms and Associations with Preterm Birth: A Cluster Randomized Control Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

2.    Kleiber, B.V., Felder, J.N., Ashby, B., Scott, S., & Dimidjian, S. (In press). Treating depression among adolescent perinatal women with a dialectical behavior therapy informed skills group. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

3.    Felder, J.N., Laraia, B., Coleman-Phox, K., Bush, N., Suresh, M., Thomas, M., Adler, N., Epel, E., & Prather, A. (In press). Poor sleep quality, psychological distress, and the buffering effect of mindfulness training during pregnancy. Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

4.    Felder, J.N., Segal, Z., Beck, A., Sherwood, N.E., Goodman, S., Boggs, J., Lemon, E., & Dimidjian, S. (In press). An open trial of web-based mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for perinatal women at risk for depressive relapse.  Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

5.    Felder, J.N., Lemon, E., Shea, K., Kripke, K., & Dimidjian, S. (2016). Role of Self-compassion in psychological well-being among perinatal women. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 19, 687-690.

6.    Dimidjian, S., Goodman, S.H., Felder, J.N., Gallop, R., Brown, A., & Beck, A.  (2016). Staying well during pregnancy and the postpartum: A pilot randomized trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the prevention of depressive relapse/recurrence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 134-145.

7.    Dimidjian, S., Beck, A., Felder, J.N., Boggs, J., Gallop, R., & Segal, Z., (2014). Web-based Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for reducing residual depressive symptoms:  An open trial and quasi-experimental comparison to propensity score matched controls.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 63, 83-89.

8.    Felder, J.N., Banchefsky, S., Park, B., & Dimidjian, S. (Under revision). Public attitudes about and warmth towards depression perinatal women and men.

9.    Felder, J.N., Baer, R.J., Rand, L., Jelliffe-Pawlowski, L.L., & Prather, A.A. (Under review). Sleep disorder diagnosis during pregnancy and risk of preterm birth.

10. Felder, J.N., Epel, E.S., Coccia, M., Puterman, E., Prather, A.A. (Under review). Effects of daily maladaptive coping on nightly sleep in mothers.

11. Felder, J.N., Roubinov, D., Bush, N., Coleman-Phox, K., Laraia, B., Adler, N., & Epel, E. (In prep). Effect of prenatal mindfulness training on depressive symptom severity through 18-months postpartum: A latent class analysis.

12. Roubinov, D., Felder, J.N., Coleman-Phox, K., Laraia, B., Adler, N., Epel, E., & Bush, N. (In prep). Maternal depressive symptoms and children’s receipt of healthcare: The moderating influence of mindfulness-based treatment. 

Sam Hubley, PhD


Dr. Sam Hubley grew up on a horse farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York and graduated from Cornell University in 2005 with a B.A. in psychology. After a two-year research assistantship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, he joined Dr. Dimidjian’s lab in 2007 and earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2013.  Dr. Hubley’s graduate work focused on increasing access to evidence-based psychological treatments by developing online training programs and training obstetric nurses in behavioral activation for perinatal depression. Following his graduate school training, Dr. Hubley re-located back to the East coast as an intern at Brown University and was the first to complete the program’s research track in Integrated Primary Care.  In this role, he provided direct clinical care, served as a consultant to family medicine physicians, and contributed to a number of his mentors’ research projects. Dr. Hubley also secured a seed money grant from Brown to develop and test a brief primary care intervention for patients with medically unexplained symptoms. These pilot data formed the basis of a successful F32 postdoctoral training fellowship funded by the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality. In the Fall of 2014, Dr. Hubley joined the faculty of the Johnson Depression Center and Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and has also affiliate appointments with the National Behavioral Health Innovation Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Institute for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Hubley’s current focus is on developing and evaluating models of integrated behavioral health and primary care, novel delivery methods of evidence-based psychological treatments, and population- and art-based approaches to mental health treatment and prevention.



Selected publications:

Hubley, S., Martell, C., & Carty, S. (accepted). Beyond specialty mental health: Rationale and clinical application of behavioral activation in primary care. In S. Dimidjian (Ed.), Evidence-based Practice in Action. New York, New York: Guilford Publications.

Ahmedani, B., Peterson, E., Hu, Y. Rossom, R., Lynch, F., Hubley, S., … & Simon, G. (in press). Major physical health conditions and risk for suicide. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Hubley, S., & Dimidjian, S. (in press). Behavioral therapy for major depression. In R. DeRubeis & D. Strunk (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Mood Disorders. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Miller, B. & Hubley, S., (in press). The history of fragmentation and the promise of integration: a primer on behavioral health and primary care. In M. Maruish(Ed.), Handbook of Psychological Assessment in Primary Care Settings, Second Edition. New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Dimidjian, S., Goodman, S., Sherwood, N., … , Hubley, S., & Beck, A. (2017). Integrating behavioral depression care in obstetrics clinics: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(1), 26-37.

Hubley, S. & Miller, B. (2016). Implications of healthcare payment reform for clinical psychologists in medical settings. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Academic Health Centers, 2(3):3-10.

Hubley, S., Uebelacker, L. A., Nash, J., & Eaton, C. B. (2016). Open trial of integrated primary care consultation for medically unexplained symptoms. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 1-12.

Hubley, S., Lynch, S. B., Schneck, C., Thomas, M., & Shore, J. (2016). Review of key telepsychiatry outcomes. World Journal of Psychiatry6(2), 269-282.

Hubley, S., Kaiser, R., & Dimidjian, S. (2016). Behavioral activation therapy. In P. Fisher & A. Wells (Eds.), Treating depression: Principles and practice. New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Kaiser, R., Hubley, S., & Dimidjian, S. (2016). Behavioral activation theory. In P. Fisher & A. Wells (Eds.), Treating depression: Principles and practice. New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Hubley, S. (2015). Unexplained symptoms in twenty minutes or less. Families, Systems, & Health33(1), 76.

McCauely, E., Gudmundsen, G., Schloredt, K., Martell, C., Rhew, I., Hubley, S., & Dimidjian, S. (2015). The adolescent behavioral activation program:  Adapting Behavioral Activation as a treatment for depression in adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 0(0), 1-14.


Dimidjian, S., Martell, C., Herman, R., & Hubley, S. (2014). Behavioral activation for depression. In D. Barlow (Ed.), Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders: A Step-by-step Treatment Manual. New York, New York: Guilford Publications.

Fuchs, C., Haradhvala, N., Hubley, S., Nash, J., Keller, M. Ashley, D., Weisberg, R., & Uebelacker, L. (2014). Physician Actions Following a Positive PHQ-2: Implications for the Implementation of Depression Screening in Family Medicine Practice. Family Systems & Health.  Advanced online publication.

doi: 10.1037/fsh0000089

Hubley, S., Uebelacker, L, & Eaton, C. (2014). Management of medically unexplained symptoms in primary care: A narrative review and treatment recommendations. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. Advance online publication.

doi: 10.1177/1559827614536865.

Hubley, S., Woodcock, E., Dimidjian, S., & Dimeff, L. (2014).  Disseminating behavioral activation via online training: Preliminary steps. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 2, 1-15.


Davis, K.J., Hubley, S., & Leiferman, J. (2012). Individual level exercise behavior change strategies to promote physical activity. In A. Meyer & T. Gullotta (Eds.), Physical Activity Across the Lifespan. New York New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Hubley, S. & Dimidjian, S. (2010). Behavioral Activation. In I. Weiner & W. Craighead (Eds.), The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science.  New York, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Hubley, S., & Dimidjian, S. (2008). Review of motivational interviewing in the treatment of psychological problems. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165, 1360-1361.

Petty, C., Rosenbaum, J., Hirshfeld-Becker, D., Henin, A., Hubley, S., LaCasse, S., Faraone, S., & Biederman, J. (2008). The child behavior checklist broad-band scales predict subsequent psychopathology: A 5-year follow-up. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 3, 532-39. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2007.04.003

Hirshfeld-Becker, D.R., LaCasse, S. & Hubley, S. (2006). Early childhood precursors to psychiatric disorder. The association for behavioral and cognitive therapy child anxiety special interest group newsletter, 5, 6-8.


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Rosi Kaiser, PhD


Dr. Roselinde Kaiser is a clinician and clinical neuroscientist who joined the Dimidjian lab in 2008 as one of the first dual-doctoral students in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience. Dr. Kaiser completed her clinical internship at Yale University from 2012-2013, and after receiving her Ph.D. in 2013, Dr. Kaiser joined the Pizzagalli lab at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Kaiser’s research interests are centered on exploring cognitive-affective dysfunctions in depression, and how they relate to anomalies in the coordinated recruitment or functional connectivity of large-scale neural networks. Moreover, as a clinical researcher, Dr. Kaiser is especially interested in how neural network dysfunction relates to risk for, and maintenance of, psychopathology, and how enhancement of cognitive-affective abilities may normalize network functioning and foster psychological health. During her graduate student career, Dr. Kaiser conducted and collaborated in research to investigate deficits in executive functioning that may underlie rumination or negatively biased cognition1-6. Results of this research suggested that in a negative emotional context, e.g., after being criticized by a loved one6 or when viewing negative words5, people who tend to ruminate or who are more severely depressed may have difficulty shifting attentional resources away from internal thoughts and towards the external world.  Critically, research findings suggested that this inwardly-focused attentional bias was reflected in increased activation in brain systems involved in internal mentation, and increased functional connectivity between attention-control and internal-mentation networks5. However, Dr. Kaiser and colleagues also found evidence for increased resilience to the distracting influence of negative emotional information in people higher in mindful decentering, suggesting that the ability to observe, accept, and let go of negative thoughts is important in protecting healthy cognitive functioning in the face of emotional events6. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Kaiser continues to engage in clinical work and research exploring cognitive-affective functioning and the pathophysiology of depression.

Selected peer-reviewed publications and manuscripts in preparation:

1.     Kaiser Henderson, R., Snyder, H., Gupta, T., & Banich, M.T. (2012).  When does stress help or harm? The effects of stress controllability and subjective stress response on Stroop performance. Frontiers in Emotion Science, 179, 1-15. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00179

2.     Andrews-Hanna, J., Kaiser, R.H., Turner, A.J., Reineberg, A., Dimidjian, S., & Banich, M.T. (2013).  A penny for your thoughts: Dimensions of self-generated thought content and relationships with individual differences in emotional wellbeing.  Frontiers in Emotion Science, 4, 1-13. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00900

3.     Snyder, H.R., Kaiser, R.H., Whisman, M., & Munakata, Y. (in press). Dysphoria can counteract deficits associated with anxiety: The case of executive function.  Cognition and Emotion. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2013.859568

4.     Snyder, H.R., Kaiser, R.H., Warren, S., & Heller, W. (in press).  Obsessive-compulsive disorder is associated with broad impairments in executive function: A meta-analysis.  Clinical Psychological Science. doi: pending.

5.     Kaiser, R.H., Andrews-Hanna, J., Spielberg, J.M., Warren, S.L., Sutton, B.P., Miller, G.A., Heller, W., & Banich, M.T. (under review).  Distracted and down: Neural substrates and network dynamics of affective interference in subclinical depression. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

6.     Kaiser, R.H., Andrews-Hanna, J., Metcalf, C., & Dimidjian, S. (in prep).  Dwell or decenter? Rumination and decentering predict working memory updating after interpersonal criticism. 


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Blair Kleiber, PhD


Blair Vinson Kleiber, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist at the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle (EBTCS) in the DBT Center. Following the completion of her undergraduate studies, Dr. Kleiber went on to complete her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she focused on depression, behavioral activation (BA), and mindfulness. She completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. As part of her internship training, she was a member of the DBT treatment team at Harborview Medical Center under the direction of Kate Comtois, Ph.D.  Dr. Kleiber completed her postdoctoral fellowship at EBTCS, receiving further specialized training in DBT. After completing her fellowship, she continued on at EBTCS as a Clinical Psychologist.

Dr. Kleiber has extensive training in evidenced-based treatments, including DBT, BA, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy(CPT) for PTSD, and MI.  She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and families with a variety of presentations and difficulties, including self-harm and suicidal behaviors, emotion dysregulation, mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders, with a particular interest in treating disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

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