Center for Addiction Medicine

Shelly Greenfield, MD, MPH

Shelly Greenfield SquareChief Academic Officer. ​Kristine M. Trustey Endowed Chair in Psychiatry; Chief, Division of Women’s Mental Health; Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Clinical and Health Services Research Program, McLean Hospital. Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School



Dr. Greenfield is an addiction psychiatrist and clinician-scientist, with extensive experience in research and career mentoring. The focus of her research is in the development of new treatments for patients with substance use disorders (SUDs), and in innovating the integration of delivery of mental health and substance use disorder treatment services into diverse settings (including global and resource-limited environments). Dr. Greenfield uses her research findings to inform her clinical teaching and national policy work regarding effective treatments and public health interventions for individuals with SUDs. Her mixed methods research has focused on treatment development for substance use disorders (SUDs), gender differences in SUDs, as well as evaluation and implementation of alcohol screening and treatment services in diverse settings. In a NIDA-funded Stage I trial, she developed a new manualized group therapy for women with SUDs and co-occurring other psychiatric disorders, the Women’s Recovery Group (WRG), which was then tested in a NIDA-funded Stage II two-site RCT versus a standard mixed-gender group drug counseling. The treatment manual for the WRG was published in May, 2016 and is available for dissemination as a gender-responsive, evidence-based treatment for women with SUDs. As chair of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Gender Special Interest Group, she leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers focused on studying gender differences in SUD treatment response in CTN studies. She has been the recipient of a NIDA K24 mentoring award (2005-2016) in patient oriented research and has mentored many junior investigators including serving as co-mentor or advisor on NIH K-awards. She is the Co-PI of an NIMH-funded R25 focused on providing research training to adult psychiatry residents who are committed to academic careers as clinician-scientists in psychiatry. As Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of McLean, she oversees institution-wide faculty and trainee professional development programs including mentoring, career development, responsible conduct of research, grant writing, among others.


Current Projects:

Fostering Research Mentorship and Training during Psychiatry Residency

NIH-NIMH R25MH094612  2017 – 22

The major goal of this program is to provide support and infrastructure to establish a well-integrated research education program—the MGH/McLean Psychiatry Research Concentration Program—in the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) / McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, which aims to attract and train residents to become future psychiatrist-scientists in basic, translational, and patient-oriented research, while increasing research literacy among all psychiatry residents


Women’s Mental Health Initiative Fund

McLean Hospital Women’s Mental Health Initiative  2010-20

This fund provides support for innovative research and clinical programs in the area of women’s mental health including support of junior investigators and pilot research projects.


Dr. Greenfield serves on the executive committee and is available to work as a co-mentor with any of the other K12 mentors listed.

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