University of California San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Dr Mausbach is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego and clinical psychologist at the Moores Cancer Center at the UC San Diego Healthcare System. His expertise and training is in the area of clinical health psychology, with specific emphasis on the role of psycho-therapeutic interventions for improving mental and physical well-being in patients with distress and mood disturbance. Over the past 15 years he has conducted research on the negative impacts of psychiatric well-being on physical health outcomes. He has published several manuscripts on how negative moods and stress affect various health biomarkers, and has examined the protective role of resilience on both mood and physical health outcomes. His research has demonstrated that psychotherapy may reduce biomarkers linked to chronic disease, which demonstrates real-life value of mental health services. Recently he published several manuscripts examining the role of psychiatric conditions (e.g., depression) on healthcare use and costs in persons with cancer. Finally, he has investigated the impact of psychiatric/psychological care on healthcare costs, showing that individuals receiving greater amounts of psychiatric and psychological care have significantly reduced global healthcare costs (e.g., emergency room and inpatient hospitalization costs). His overall aim in this research is to demonstrate the value of quality mental health care in the broader healthcare system.
Friday, November 15
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM