Valerie Gruber, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||1001 Potrero Ave|
San Francisco CA 94110
|Kent State University||Ph.D.||1990||Clinical Psychology|
|UC Berkeley||M.P.H.||1992||School of Public Health|
|UCSF Clinical Psychology Training Program||2014||David Rea Training Award|
VALERIE A. GRUBER is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, and faculty in the Public Service and Minorities Track of the UCSF Clinical Psychology Training Program. Dr. Gruber is a licensed psychologist, and holds an APA certificate in the treatment of alcohol and other substance use disorders. She completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Kent State University, internship at the UCSF Clinical Psychology Training Program, and an M.P.H. at the University of California Berkeley. Her work as a clinician and educator has focused on developing culturally competent, trauma-informed substance abuse and mental health services for low-income substance users with chronic medical conditions such as HIV. Dr. Gruber's program of research aims to improve substance abuse treatment and medical care for substance users from sexual and ethnic minority communities. She has published research on psychosocial interventions in methadone maintenance and outpatient addiction treatment. She is a senior clinical consultant with the San Francisco Treatment Research Center, and coinvestigator in a study of web-based and group interventions for smoking cessation in residential addiction treatment.
My clinical, teaching and research efforts focus on improving addiction treatment for culturally diverse, low-income substance users, including individuals living with HIV. Areas of expertise include trauma-informed integrated treatment of substance use and psychiatric disorders, with persons of color and LGBTIQ individuals, in addiction treatment, mental health, and primary care settings. Skills include motivational interviewing, individual, couples and group psychotherapy, psychological assessment, cultural competence, staff development, program management, and clinical research. My research has focused on improving treatment of substance use disorders and associated medical conditions in disenfranchised populations.
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