Faculty Profile: Michael Goldstein, MD

Michael Goldstein
Michael Goldstein, MD
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Bio Med Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-273-7100
Dr. Goldstein has served as Principal Investigator for several NIH-funded studies that developed and tested educational interventions to enhance clinician delivery of smoking cessation, physical activity, and other preventive counseling interventions in primary care settings. He is currently a consultant on several trials testing strategies to increase physical activity, and other health behaviors, among patients with medical conditions, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.


Michael G. Goldstein, MD is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Alpert Medical School. Since September, 2010, he has served as Associate Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine at the Veteran Health Administration's National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Michael was formerly Chief of the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service at the Providence VA Medical Center and an investigator at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine (CBPM) at The Miriam Hospital. He continues to serve as a consultant on CBPM research trials addressing health behavior change in health care settings. Previously, Michael was Medical Director of Behavioral Medicine at the Miriam Hospital and an Associate Director for Clinical Education and Research at the Institute for Healthcare Communication, a non-profit foundation in New Haven, CT. Michael has served as Co-Course Director for preclinical Social and Behavioral Sciences courses at Alpert Medical School, and as Principal Investigator for several NIH-funded research grants which tested educational interventions to enhance clinician delivery of preventive counseling interventions in primary care settings. He served on the Tobacco Dependence Clinical Practice Guideline Panel for the U.S. Public Health Service and was a member of the Risk Communication Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration.



Grants and Awards

Association for Academic Psychiatry Psychiatric Education Award, 1995
President, The Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2001- 2002. Distinguised Service Award, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, 2006.
Elected Fellow of the American Academy on Physician and Patient, the Society of Behavioral Medicine and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association


Society of Behavioral Medicine
American Academy on Communication in Healthcare
Institute for Healthcare Communication

Funded Research

One Step at A Time (Co-investigator) - This is a NIA-funded study testing the efficacy of a brief motivational counseling intervention to increase adoption of physical activity among older adults. The intervention is being delivered in a primary medical care setting.

Immunize Against Tobacco (Co-investigator) - This is a NCI/NIDA funded study testing the efficacy of a brief motivational counseling intervention to decrease the uptake of tobacco use among children ages 8-13. The intervention is being delivered in the context of a primary pediatric care (Hasbro Hospital). (Co- Investigator)

Check it Out (Co-investigator) - This is a NCI-funded study testing the efficacy of a health educator-delivered intervention to increase the frequency of skin self-exam among patients in primary care medical practices. Increased skin self-exam may reduce the morbidity of skin cancer by enhancing early identification and treatment. (Co-Investigator)

Moving Forward II - This NCI-funded study is testing the efficacy of a physical activity intervention that is offered to breast cancer survivors in the setting of follow-up oncology care. (Co-Investigator)

Teaching Experience

Health Behavior Change, Clinician-Patient Communication, Healthcare Communication, Quality Improvement, Self-Management Support, Integreating Psychiatry into Medical Settings, Prevention, Motivational Interviewing.

Selected Publications

  • Forster Held R., DePue J., Rosen R., Bereolos N., M. Goldstein M., House M., Nu'usolia O., McGarvey S. (2010). Patient and health care provider views of depressive symptoms and diabetes in American Samoa. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology; 16(4):461-467. (2010)
  • DePue, J. D., Rosen, R. K., Batts-Turner, M., Bereolos, N., House, M., Held, R. F., Nu'usolia, O., Tuitele, J., Goldstein, M.G., McGarvey, S.T. (2010). Cultural translation of interventions: diabetes care in American Samoa. Am J Public Health, 100(11), 2085-2093. (2010)
  • Christian, J. G., Bessesen, D. H., Byers, T. E., Christian, K. K., Goldstein, M. G., & Bock, B. C. (2008). Clinic-Based Support to Help Overweight Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Increase Physical Activity and Lose Weight. Arch Intern Med, 168(2), 141-146. (2008)
  • DePue, J. D., Goldstein, M. G., Redding, C. A., Velicer, W. F., Sun, X., Fava, J. L., et al. (2008). Cancer prevention in primary care: Predictors of patient counseling across four risk behaviors over 24 months. Prev Med, 46(3), 252-259. (2008)
  • Haskard, K. B., Williams, S. L., DiMatteo, M. R., Rosenthal, R., White, M. K., & Goldstein, M. G. (2008). Physician and patient communication training in primary care: effects on participation and satisfaction. Health Psychol, 27(5), 513-522. (2008)
  • Weinstock, M. A., Risica, P. M., Martin, R. A., Rakowski, W., Dube, C., Berwick, M., Goldstein, M.G. (2007). Melanoma early detection with thorough skin self-examination: the "Check It Out" randomized trial. Am J Prev Med, 32(6), 517-524. (2007)
  • Goldstein, M.G., Supporting Self-Management to Improve Diabetes Care (2004). RI Medicine and Health, 87(2), 46-49. (2004)
  • Goldstein, M. G., Niaura, R., Willey, C., Kazura, A., Rakowski, W., DePue, J., & Park, E. (2003). An academic detailing intervention to disseminate physician-delivered smoking cessation counseling: smoking cessation outcomes of the Physicians Counseling Smokers Project. Prev Med, 36(2), 185-196. (2003)
  • Davidson, K. W., Goldstein, M., Kaplan, R. M., Kaufmann, P. G., Knatterud, G. L., Orleans, C. T., Spring, B., Trudeau, K. J., & Whitlock, E. P. (2003). Evidence-based behavioral medicine: what is it and how do we achieve it? Ann Behav Med, 26(3), 161-171. (2003)
  • Park, E. R., DePue, J. D., Goldstein, M. G., Niaura, R., Harlow, L. L., Willey, C., Rakowski, W., & Prokhorov, A. V. (2003). Assessing the transtheoretical model of change constructs for physicians counseling smokers. Ann Behav Med, 25(2), 120-126. (2003)
  • Abrams, D. B., Niaura, R. S., Brown, R. A., Emmons, K. M., Goldstein, M. G., & Monti, P. M. (Eds.). (2003). Treating nicotine dependence: An evidence-based practice guide. New York: Guilford Press. (2003)
  • Goldstein, M. G. (2003). Pharmacotherapy for Smoking Cessation. In D. B. Abrams, R. S. Niaura, R. Brown, K. Emmons, M. G. Goldstein, & P. M. Monti (Eds.), Treating nicotine dependence: An evidence based practice guide. New York: Guilford Press. (2003)
  • Niaura, R. S., Spring, B., Borrelli, B., Hedeker, D., Goldstein, M. G., Keuthen, N., DePue, J. D., Kristeller, J., Ockene, J., Prochazka, A., Chiles, J. A., & Abrams, D. B. (2002). Multicenter trial of fluoxetine as an adjunct to behavioral treatment for smoking cessation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70, 887-896. (2002)
  • Sciamanna, C. N., DePue, J. D., Goldstein, M. G., Park, E. R., Gans, K. M., Monroe, A. D., & Reiss, P. T. (2002). Nutrition counseling in the Promoting Cancer Prevention in Primary Care study. Prev Med, 35(5), 437-446. (2002)
  • Park, E. R., MacDonald Gross, N. A., Goldstein, M. G., DePue, J. D., Hecht, J., Eaton, C. A., Niaura, R. S., & DubÈ, C. E. (2002). Physician recruitment for a community based smoking cessation intervention. Journal of Family Practice, 51,70(online) (2002)
  • Swartz, S., Cowen, T., DePue, J., & Goldstein, M. G. (2002). Academic profiling to improve the delivery of tobacco dependence treatment. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 4(Suppl. 1), S39-S45. (2002)
  • Kahler, C. W., Brown, R. A., Ramsey, S. E., Niaura, R. S., Abrams, D. B., Goldstein, M. G., Mueller, T. I., & Miller, I. W. (2002). Negative mood, depressive symptoms, and major depression after smoking cessation treatment in smokers with a history of major depressive disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 111, 670-675. (2002)
  • DePue, J. D., Goldstein, M. G., Schilling, A., Reiss, P., Papandonatos, G., Sciamanna, C., & Kazura, A. (2002). Dissemination of the AHCPR clinical practice guideline in community health centres. Tob Control, 11(4), 329-335. (2002)
  • Burgess, E. S., Brown, R. A., Kahler, C. W., Niaura, R. S., Abrams, D. B., Goldstein, M. G., & Miller, I. W. (2002). Patterns of change in depressive symptoms during smoking cessation: Who's at risk for relapse? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70, 356-361. (2002)
  • Goldstein, M. G. (2002). Promoting Self-Management in Primary Care Settings: Limitations and Opportunities: A Commentary. In R. Williams & W. Herman & A.-L. Kinmonth & N. J. Wareham (Eds.), The Evidence Base for Diabetes Care (pp. 701-710). West Sussex, England: John Wiley and Sons, LTD. (2002)
  • Keller, V., Goldstein, M., & Runkle, C. (2002). Strangers in Crisis: Communication Skills for the Emergency Department Clinician and Hospitalist. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 9(8), 439-444. (2002)
  • Niaura, R., Goldstein, M.G. (2002). Smoking. In: Topol, E.J. (Ed.). Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, Second Edition (pp. 123-138). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (2002)
  • Pinto, B. M., Lynn, H., Marcus, B. H., DePue, J. D., & Goldstein, M. G. (2001). Physician-based activity counseling: Intervention effects on mediators of motivational readiness for physical activity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 23, 2-10. (2001)
  • Brown, R., Kahler, C., Niaura, R. S., Abrams, D. B., Sales, S., Ramsey, S., Goldstein, M. G., Burgess, E., & Miller, I. (2001). Cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression in smoking cessation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69, 471-480. (2001)
  • Niaura, R. S., Shadel, W. G., Goldstein, M. G., Hutchison, K., & Abrams, D. B. (2001). Individual differences in responses to the first cigarette following overnight abstinence in regular smokers. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 3, 37-44. (2001)
  • Niaura, R. S., Britt, D., Shadel, W. G., Goldstein, M. G., Abrams, D. B., & Brown, R. (2001). Symptoms of depression and survival experience among three samples of smokers trying to quit. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 15, 13-17. (2001)
  • Shadel, W. G., Niaura, R. S., Goldstein, M. G., & Abrams, D. B. (2001). Cognitive avoidance as a method of coping with a provocative smoking cue: The moderating effect of nicotine dependence. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 24, 169-182. (2001)
  • Park, E., Eaton, C., Goldstein, M. G., DePue, J. D., Niaura, R. S., Guadagnoli, E., MacDonald Gross, N., & DubÈ, C. (2001). The development of a decisional balance measure of physician smoking cessation interventions. Preventive Medicine, 33, 261-267. (2001)