Justin M. Nash Professor of Family Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Justin Nash, PhD, is Professor of Family Medicine and also of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Ohio University. He interned at the VA Medical Center in West Haven, CT and completed a postdoctoral year in the Pain Evaluation and Treatment Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is the Director, Division of Behavioral Health, in the Department of Family Medicine at Memorial Hospital. His academic and professional pursuits are interprofessional in nature and largely in health promotion and chronic disease prevention and management.  He has a focus on integrating of behavioral health into medical settings, and in particular, primary care. He has held leadership positions in the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium and on a number of National Institutes of Health grants (T32, R25T, P50) training researchers to use different disciplinary approaches. His leadership also includes current Board position for the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs (Chair) and the Society for Health Psychology (APA Division 38), and past Board positions for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is past Associate Editor of Annals of Behavioral Medicine and Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

Fuchs, C., Haradhvala, N., Hubley, S., Nash, J. M., Keller, M. B., Ashley, D., Weisberg, R. B., & Uebelacker, L. A. (2015). Physician actions following a positive PHQ-2: Implications for the implementation of depression screening in family medicine practice. Families, Systems, & Health, 33(1).

McDaniel, S., Grus, C., Cubic, B., Hunter, C., Kearney, L., Schuman, C., Karel, M., Kessler, R., Larkin, K., McCutcheon, S., Miller, B., Nash, J., Qualls, S., Sanders, K., Stancin, T., Stanton, A., Bennet Johnson, S. (2014).  Competencies for psychology practice in primary care.  American Psychologist.  Vol 69(4),  409-429.

Nash, J.M., Chandran, R., Rathier, L. (2013). Anxiety disorders and primary headache. In M. Green & P. Muskin (Eds.), The Neuropsychiatry of Headache, Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.

Nash, J.M., Khatri, P., Cubic, B.A., Baird, M.A.  (2013).  Essential competencies of psychologists in patient-centered medical homes.  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.  44:331-342.

Nash, J.M. & Larkin, K.T.  (2012) Geometric models of competency development in specialty areas of clinical psychology.  Training and Education in Professional Psychology.  12:37-46

Nash, J.M., Masters, K., McKay, K., Vogel, M.   (2012).  Functional roles and foundational characteristics of psychologists integrated primary care.  Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.  19:103-104.

Nash, J.M., Schuman, C. (2012).  Preparing psychologists in academic health centers for the rapidly changing health care environment.  Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 19:1-4.

Bond, D.S., Vithiananthan, S., Nash, J., Thomas, J.G., Wing, R.R. (2011).  Improvement in migraine headaches in severely obese patients after bariatric surgery. Neurology, 76, 1135-1138. 

Nash, J.M. (2011).  Stress and primary headache in adolescents: Do those with migraine but not tension-type headache experience increased stress?  Cephalalgia.  31:771-773

Bond, D., Roth, J. Nash, J., Wing, R. (2010).  Migraine and obesity: Epidemiology, possible mechanisms, and the potential role of weight loss treatment.  Obesity Reviews.  1-10

Rabin, C.S., Pinto, B.M., Dunsiger, S., Nash, J.M., & Trask, P.C.  (2009).  Exercise and relaxation intervention for breast cancer survivors: feasibility, acceptability, and effects.  Psycho-Oncology, 18, 258-266. 

Hoth KF, Nash J, Poppas A, Ellison KE, Paul RH, Cohen RA. (2008).  Effects of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy on Health Related Quality of Life in Older Adults with Heart Failure.  Clinical Interventions in Aging, 3, 553-560. 

Houle, T. Nash, J.  (2008).  Stress and headache chronification.  Headache  48 : 40-44

Nash, J. (2008).  Transdisciplinary training: Key components and prerequisites for success.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  35: S133-S140 

Rabin, C.S., Rogers, M.L., Pinto, B.M., Nash, J.M., Frierson, G.M. & Trask, P.C.  (2007).  Effect of personal cancer history and family cancer history on levels of psychological distress.  Social Science & Medicine, 64, 411-416.

Nash, J., Thebarge, R  (2007). Understanding psychological stress, its biological processes, and impact on primary headache.  Headache 46: 1377-1386

Nash, JM, Williams, DM, Nicholson, RA, Trask, PC (2006).  The contribution of pain-related anxiety to disability in headache.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 29, 61-67.

Trask, PC, Teno, JM, Nash, JM (2006).  Transitions of care and changes in distressing pain.  Journal of Symptom and Pain Management.  32  104-109.