Brent T. Mausbach, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry (0993)
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0993
Phone #: 858-822-7529
FAX #: 858-534-7514

Dr. Mausbach obtained his bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, CA. He completed his clinical psychology internship at the VA Black Hills Healthcare System, after which he received post-doctoral training at both Stanford University and UCSD with a specialization in Geropsychiatry. Dr. Mausbach has been a faculty member at UCSD since July, 2007.

Research Focus 
Dr. Mausbach's research focuses on bridging basic scientific research with clinical services in two domains. The first examines the links between stress/coping and health outcomes, with an emphasis on positive psychological states (e.g., mastery, self-efficacy) and their association with health outcomes and well-being. This research has led Dr. Mausbach to test psychosocial interventions designed to improve emotional and physical well-being in chronically stressed populations (e.g., Alzheimer’s caregivers).

Dr. Mausbach’s second research domain is the assessment and treatment of middle-aged and older adults with schizophrenia. He has sought novel methods of assessing functional capacity in this population, with coinciding development of treatments to improve functioning.

Clinical Focus 
Dr. Mausbach is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in behavioral treatments for a) caregiver stress and b) improving functioning in patients with schizophrenia.

Selected Publications 

  • Mausbach, B.T., Harvey, P.D., Pulver, A.E., Depp, C.A., Wolyneic, P.S., Thornquist, M.H., Luke, J.R., McGrath, J.A., Bowie, C., & Patterson, T.L. (2010). Relationship of the brief UCSD performance-based skills assessment (UPSA-B) to multiple indicators of functioning in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 12, 45-55.

  • Mausbach, B.T., Roepke, S.K., Depp, C.A., Moore, R., Patterson, T.L., & Grant, I. (2011). Integration of the Pleasant Events (PE) and Activity Restriction (AR) models: Development and validation of a “PEAR” model of negative outcomes in Alzheimer’s caregivers. Behavior Therapy, 42, 78-88.

  • Mausbach, B.T., Roepke, S.K., Ziegler, M.G., Milic, M., von Känel, R., Dimsdale, J.E., Mills, P.J., Patterson, T.L., Allison, M.A., Ancoli-Israel, S., & Grant, I. (2010). Association between chronic caregiving stress and impaired endothelial function in the elderly. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 55, 2599-2606.

  • Mausbach, B.T., Chattillion, E.A., Moore, R.C., Roepke, S.K., Depp, C.A., & Roesch, S. (2011). Activity restriction and depression in medical patients and their caregivers: A meta analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 900-908.

  • Mausbach, B.T., Depp, C.A., Bowie, C.R., Harvey, P.D., McGrath, J.A., Thornquist, M.H., Luke, J.R., Wolyniec, P.S., Pulver, A.E., & Patterson, T.L. (In press). Sensitivity and specificity of the UCSD Performance-based Skills Assessment (UPSA) for identifying functional milestones in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research.


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