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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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