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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Brian Borsari, PhD

Staff Psychologist/Health Behavior Coordinator; SFVAHCS
Professor of Psychiatry, in Residence, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)


Health Behaviors

Over the past twenty years, Dr. Borsari has worked to develop a research program in implementing and evaluating secondary interventions with college student drinkers. Specifically, he has implemented brief motivational interventions with students who have begun to experience problems as a result of their alcohol use. Specifically, colleges and universities have seen a large increase in the number of students referred to the administration for violation of alcohol policies. However, the wide range in the severity of offenses indicates that the majority of mandated students may not require extensive treatment. He believes that stepped care, which assigns individuals to different levels of care according to treatment response, would maximize treatment efficiency and greatly reduce the demands on campus alcohol programs. Regarding intervention-level analyses, Dr. Borsari is also investigating the in-session components of individual interventions that may be linked to subsequent behavior change (e.g., the working alliance). Dr. Borsari's appointment at the San Francisco VAMC and NCIRE allows him to conduct clinical work and research in a wide range of areas. He current is working in research projects evaluating monitoring with returning veterans to encourage treatment engagement, enhancing functioning in student veterans/service members, the implementation and dissemination of motivational interviewing and CBT-Substance Use Disorders in primary care and other settings, enhancing the training and supervision of empirically based treatments, and co-morbid substance use in the OIF/OEF/OND population.

Brian Borsari received his PhD in clinical psychology from Syracuse University in 2003. He also completed an internship at The Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology in 2003. From 2003 to 2005 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Brian joined the CAAS faculty in June 2005. In 2007, he joined the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a clinical psychologist.

In 2015, Brian left Brown University to join the San Francisco VAMC and the University of California-San Francisco Department of Psychiatry. He is currently a staff psychologist and Health Behavior Coordinator and also is conducting research through NCIRE/UCSF.

To see Dr. Borsari on Pub Med, click here.