Matt Kushner



I am a Professor of Psychiatry who studies the association of addiction and comorbid psychiatric disorders in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. I received my BA in Psychology from the University of Nebraska, graduating Magna Cum Laude. I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri, and my Clinical Psychology Internship from the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute.

My current research, funded by NIAAA, focuses on developing and testing cognitive behavioral treatments that can improve the alcohol use disorder treatment outcomes for individuals with co-occurring anxiety and depressive disorders. My research has also explored co-occurring disorders' epidemiology, causes, course, and treatment ("comorbidity"). 

I am the Program Director of the NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Training Program focused on Comorbidity between Substance Abuse and Mental Illness.  

My clinical experience, practice, and supervision have focused on the treatment of anxiety disorders, especially obsessive-compulsive disorder. 


  • Alcohol use disorders with co-occurring anxiety disorders

Administrative Assistant

(for academic support only)
Teneshia Collins

In the Media

Research Summary

Internalizing psychopathology (anxiety disorders and depressive disorders) co-occurring with substance abuse disorders (especially alcohol dependence). My research has explored the, epidemiology, causes, course and treatment of co-occurring disorders ("comorbidity").

Clinical Summary

Behavioral and cognitive therapies for anxiety disorders, especially obsessive compulsive disorder


PhD, University of Missouri
Major: Clinical Psychology
BA, Magna Cum Laude, University of Nebraska
Major: Psychology
Minor: Philosophy

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Clinical Psychology Internship,
Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

Licensures and Certifications

Minnesota State Licensed Psychologist

Honors and Recognition

Dan Anderson Award
Distinguished Scholar, Minnesota Psychological Association
Distinguished Alumnu, University of Missouri Psychology Department
Distinguished Publication (Harold Lawn)

Professional Memberships

Research Society on Alcoholism
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Kushner, M. G., et al., 2019. Changes in Dosing and Dose Timing of D-Cycloserine Explain Its Apparent Declining Efficacy for Augmenting Exposure Therapy for Anxiety-related Disorders: An Individual Participant-data Meta-analysis. JOURNAL OF ANXIETY DISORDERS, 68
Anker, J. J., Kushner, M. G., 2019. Co-Occurring Alcohol Use Disorder and Anxiety Bridging Psychiatric, Psychological, and Neurobiological Perspectives. ALCOHOL RESEARCH-CURRENT REVIEWS, 40 (1): 15-26.
doi: PubMed ID: 31886106.
Kummerfeld, E., Rix, A., Anker, J. J., Kushner, M. G., 2019. Assessing the collective utility of multiple analyses on clinical alcohol use disorder data. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL INFORMATICS ASSOCIATION, 26 (10): 1046-1055.
doi: PubMed ID: 30990526.
Kushner, M. G., Anker, J. J., 2019. Negative Emotions and Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment. NEUROSCIENCE OF ALCOHOL: MECHANISMS AND TREATMENT, 613-621.
Anker, J. J., Kummerfeld, E., Rix, A., Burwell, S. J., Kushner, M. G., 2021. Causal Network Modeling of the Determinants of Drinking Behavior in Comorbid Alcohol Use and Anxiety Disorder. 43 (1): 91-97.
doi: PubMed ID: 30371947.
Kushner, M. G., et al., 2017. D- Cycloserine Augmentation of Exposure-Based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders A Systematic Review and Meta- analysis of Individual Participant Data. JAMA PSYCHIATRY, 74 (5): 501-510.
Anker, J. J., Kushner, M. G., Thuras, P., Menk, J., Unruh, A. S., 2016. Drinking to cope with negative emotions moderates alcohol use disorder treatment response in patients with co- occurring anxiety disorder. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 159 93-100.
Vergés, A., Kushner, M. G., Jackson, K. M., Bucholz, K. K., Trull, T. J., Lane, S. P., Sher, K. J., 2014. Personality disorders and the persistence of anxiety disorders: Evidence of a time-of- measurement effect in NESARC. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28 (2): 178-186.
Kushner, M. G., Maurer, E. W., Thuras, P., Donahue, C., Frye, B., Menary, K. R., Hobbs, J., Haeny, A. M., Van Demark, J., 2013. Hybrid cognitive behavioral therapy versus relaxation training for co-occurring anxiety and alcohol disorder: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81 (3): 429-442.
doi: PubMed ID: 23276124.
Anker, J. J., Forbes, M. K., Almquist, Z. W., Menk, J. S., Thuras, P., Unruh, A. S., Kushner, M. G., A network approach to modeling comorbid internalizing and alcohol use disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126 (3): 325-339.
doi: PubMed ID: 28182441.



Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, F282/2A West Building, 2450 Riverside Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454