University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Medicine

General Internal Medicine Research

Bio for Rodger S. Kessler, Ph.D.
Rodger S. Kessler, Ph.D.

Rodger S. Kessler, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine

Contact Information
Office Location:
Family Medicine, Given Courtyard S458, Burlington, VT 05405


1988               Ph.D., University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, Clinical Psychology
1984 – 1985   Internship, American Psychological Association Approved Internship in Clinical
                       Psychology, Department of Medicine and Surgery, Veterans Administration
                       Medical Center, Northampton, Massachusetts.
1972               M.A., University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
1970               B.S., St. Peter's College, Jersey City, New Jersey

Academic Interests

Integration of evidence based behavioral treatments and models of providing care into primary care.
Alternatives to FFS funding model.

Research Interests

Practice based research, cost effectiveness and cost offset effectiveness of behavioral health in primary care.

Academic Appointments

2008 – present Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Research Grants

RE-AIMing Health Care Training: Team training in Evidence Based Behavioral  interventions-Vermont SBIRT
(Rodger Kessler)           2013-2016               Principal Investigator
SAMHSA 1 U79 TI025395-01
Design, implement, disseminate and evaluate a team based training model to deliver evidence supported behavioral interventions.
A Toolkit to Implement Behavioral Health in Primary Care.
(Rodger Kessler)           2013-2015               Principal Investigator
NIMH R-03 99157.
Systematize a quality improvement implementation of behavioral health in primary care.
AHRQ P30 HS021647-01.  AAFP NRN and DARTNet Collaborative PBRN Center of Excellence.
(K. Kimmineau)              2012-2017               Co-investigator
Develop a national infrastructure for comparative effectiveness.
Phase III Pro Pragmatic Trial of Behavioral Risk Measures.
(Alex Krist)                     2012-2013                Co-investigator
Test the reach and implementation of an electronic version of the core behavioral risk measures.

R01 HS019908-01 AHRQ.  SAFTINet: Scalable Architecture for Federated Therapeutic Inquiries Network.
(Schilling)                      2010-2012                Co-investigator
Test the feasibility of developing infrastructure for comparative effectiveness research.


Vermont Blueprint for Health: Fletcher Allen Health Care Patient Centered Medical Home Project
(Thomas Peterson)  2010-2015   Co- investigator
Department of Vermont Health Access
Evaluate the effectiveness of a multi- site Fletcher Allen Health Care PCMH project
Department of Vermont Health Access, Contract 0341011002           
Primary Care Mental Health Workforce Research Project.  This Project is to determine current workforce need and capacity in Patient Centered Medical Homes integrating behavioral health services Principal Investigator

- R-24 AHRQ 1R13HS019462-01. Collaborative National Network Examining Comparative Effectiveness Trials Co-Investigator
        - Patient Centered Medical Home Collaborative. A National Survey of Mental Health Substance Abuse and Health
          Behavior Services in the Patient Centered Medical Homes This project is a A survey of  all NCQA certified PCMH practices
          to determine current clincial and organizational response to mental health and substance abuse problems.
          Principal Investigator.

- R-13 AHRQ 1R13HS018318-01. Conference to develop a national agenda for Collaborative Behavioral Health in the Patient Centered Medical Home. Co-Principal investigator. 

- Project leader Vermont co-occurring disorders project at Berlin Family Health. Vermont Department of Health. $45,000.

- Project Director, Medical Response to Change in Health Status as a Function of harmful Alcohol Use. Vermont Department of Health office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse ($35,000 year 1 and year 2).

- Project Director, Behavioral Health in Medicine Integration Project, Central Vermont Medical Center   ($235,000).

- Principal Investigator, Evaluation Methodology Project: a collaborative effort between the Vermont Department of Mental Health, Psychology Department of the University of Vermont, and Washington County Mental Health Services to do mental health systems research and evaluation. 

- Co-Principal Investigator, Rural Alcohol Initiative.  Research into the attitudes and behaviors of rural people.  NIAAA.  Director, Initial Operations Grant, NIMH.

Awards and Honors

2011                  Society for Behavioral Medicine. Representative on national interdisciplinary 
                          committee recommending standards for   training of psychologists to work in 
                          primary care
2008 - 2010      OBSSR Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health Review Section
2007                  Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine -   NIDDK Translational Research Review
2006                  Presidents Award for Exceptional Contributions to Clinical Health Psychology
                          Division 38 American Psychological Association
2005                  Director Clinical Health Psychology Institute. Collaboration of Division 38 and
                          Education Directorate American Psychological Association
2004 – 2007      Evidence Based Behavioral Medicine Taskforce
2006                  Div 38 APA Continuing Education Committee
                          Chair, Health Services Committee, Division 38
2003 – 2004      Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 30 2002, Division 38
2003 – 2006      Chair, Quality and Care Management Committee. Central Vermont Medical
2000 – 2001      Interdivisional Health Care Committee American Psychological Association
2000 – 2001      Scientific Advisory Board, Primary Care Alcohol Initiative, National Institutes of
2000 – 2001      Scientific Advisory Board, Vermont Department of Health
                          President, Vermont Psychological Association
1997 – 1999      Chair, Scientific Program, Annual Meeting Society for Clinical and Experimental
1994                  Federal Advocacy Coordinator, American Psychological Association
1999                  Fellow, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
1999                  Director of Training. Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
                          Fellow, American Society for Clinical Hypnosis
                          Co-chair Annual Meeting Program, Society for Clinical and Experimental
                          Hypnosis, San Francisco


2011   Kessler R., Glasgow R. 2011. A Proposal to Speed Translation of Healthcare Research
           into Practice: Dramatic Change is Needed, American Journal of Preventative  Medicine;
           40(6):637– 644
2011   Kessler R, Miller B. 2011, A Framework for Collaborative Care Metrics AHRQ Publication
           No. 11-0067. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
2012   Kessler R. 2012 Effects on mental health treatment initiation of incorporating mental
           health services into primary care practice. Journal of the American Board  of Family Medicine.
2013   Kessler R., Purcell EP, Glasgow R., Klesges Lisa, Benkeser Rachel, Peek CJ. 2013. What does it
           mean to employ the RE-AIM model? Evaluation and the Health Professions. 36,144-66.
2013   Glasgow, R. E., Brownson, R. C., & Kessler, R. S. Thinking about Health-Related
           Outcomes:What  Do 2013 Kessler R., We Need Evidence about?. Clinical and Translational
.  6(4):286-291