Faculty Profile: Andrew Busch, Ph.D.

Andrew Busch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Research)
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: 401-793-8189


Dr. Busch holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He completed his clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Busch's early research focused on treating depression in psychiatric populations using Behavioral Activation, an empirically supported counseling treatment. More recently, he has focused on using Behavioral Activation to target both mood and smoking cessation in chronically ill populations (i.e., physically disabled, cardiac patients). Dr. Busch recently received a K23 career development award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (K23HL107391). During this award he will develop and test a Behavioral Activation based treatment for smoking cessation and mood management following hospitalization for a cardiac event. Dr. Busch also researches relationships among restriction of valued activities, depression, and health behavior change in chronically ill populations.

Funded Research

1. Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Competitive Intramural Clinical Psychology Intern Grant, 1/09 – 5/09.
Direct costs: $900
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Measuring Homework Completion in Behavioral Activation

2. Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Competitive Intramural Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant, 1/10 – 7/11
Direct costs: $800
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Exploring Behavioral Activation as a Treatment for Smoking Cessation and Depression Post-cardiac Event

3. K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23HL107391-01, NHLBI/NIMH), 4/15/11 – 4/1/16
Direct costs: $640,824
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Integrated Smoking Cessation and Mood Management for Cardiac Patients

Selected Publications

  • Gaudiano, B. A. & Busch, A. M. (in press). Engaging people with psychosis in ACT and mindfulness. In Johns, L., Morris, E. & Oliver, J. (eds.), Handbook of ACT and Mindfulness for Psychosis. Wiley-Blackwell. (IN PRESS)
  • Busch, A. M., Whited, M. C., Appelhans, B. M., Schneider, K. L., DeBiasse, M. A., . . .Pagoto, S. L. (in press). Does behavioral weight loss treatment reliably improve or worsen depression among women with major depression? Obesity. (IN PRESS)
  • Busch, A. M. & Borrelli, B. (2012). Valued life activities and readiness to quit smoking among mobility impaired smokers. Health Psychology, 31, 122-125. (2012)
  • Santiago-Rivera, A., Kanter, J. W., Busch, A. M., Rusch, L. C., Reyes, W., West, P. et al. (2011). Latino immigrants with depression: An initial examination of treatment issues at a community clinic. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13, 772-779. (2011)
  • Kahler, C. W., Spillane, N. S., Busch, A. M., & Leventhal, A. M. (2011). Time-varying smoking abstinence predicts lower depressive symptoms following smoking cessation treatment. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 13, 46-50. (2011)
  • Busch, A. M., Borrelli, B., & Leventhal, A. M. (2011). The relationship between smoking and depression post-acute coronary Syndrome. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 5, 510-518. (2011)
  • Busch, A. M., Wagener T. L., Gregor, K. L., Ring, K. T., & Borrelli, B. (2011). Utilizing reliable and clinically significant change criteria to assess for the development of depression during smoking cessation treatment: The importance of tracking idiographic change. Addictive Behaviors, 36, 1228-1132. (2011)
  • Manos, R.C., Kanter, J. W, & Busch A. M. (2010). A critical review of assessment strategies to measure the behavioral activation model of depression. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 547-561. (2010)
  • Busch A. M., Kalibatseva, Z., Uebelacker, L. A. & Miller, I. W. (2010). Measuring homework completion in behavioral activation. Behavior Modification, 34, 310-329. (2010)
  • Kanter, J. W., Santiago-Rivera, A., Rusch, L. C., Busch, A. M., & West, P. (2010). Initial outcomes of a culturally adapted behavioral activation for Latinas diagnosed with depression at a community clinic. Behavior Modification, 34, 120-144. (2010)
  • Kanter, J. W., Busch, A. M. & Rusch, L. C. (2009). Behavioral Activation: Distinctive Features. London: Routledge Press. (2009)
  • Kanter, J. W., Rusch, L. C., Busch, A. M., & Sedivy, S. K. (2009). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Behavioral Activation for Depression Scale (BADS) in a depressed sample. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 31, 36-42. (2009)
  • Busch, A. M., Kanter, J. W., Callaghan, G. M., Baruch, D. E., Weeks, C. E, & Berlin, K. S. (2009). A micro-process analysis of functional analytic psychotherapy's mechanism of change. Behavior Therapy, 40, 280-290. (2009)
  • Busch, A. M., Kanter, J. W., Landes, S. J., & Kohlenberg, R. J. (2006). Sudden gains and outcome: A broader temporal analysis of cognitive therapy for depression. Behavior Therapy, 37, 61-68. (2006)