Matt Kushner, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Matt Kushner

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-273-9806

Fax 612-273-9779

Office Address:
Matt Kushner, Ph.D.
2450 Riverside Ave.
F282/2A West
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Teneshia Collins

Administrative Email

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991

BA, Psychology and Philosophy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1983

Internship, Psychology, Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1990 - 1991


Dr. Kushner is a Professor of Psychiatry who studies the association of addiction and comorbid psychiatric disorders. His 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.

Professional Associations

  • Research Society on Alcoholism
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies


Research Summary/Interests

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").


Teaching Areas

Dr. Kushner is the Program Director of P3, an intensive 10-session grant writing program for Assistant Professors in the University's Medical School. He is also the Program Director of the NIDA T32 Post-Doctoral Training Program focused on Comorbidity between Substance Abuse and Mental Illness. 


Clinical Interests

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