Deena Peyser

Graduate Research Assistant
SMH 138


Deena Peyser, M.S., is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Rutgers University Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program. She holds a graduate assistant position in the Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies, Cardiac Neuroscience Lab, where she pursues her interest in working with underserved individuals with substance use disorders and comorbid psychopathology. Her master’s work involved exploring sex differences in the structure and function of social support networks as well as the impact of these networks on substance use and quality of life treatment outcomes. Her doctoral research focuses on the impact of changes in social support, over the course of substance use treatment, on treatment outcomes among women enrolled in an intensive outpatient treatment program.

Selected Publications

Starrels, J.L, Peyser, D., Haughton, L., Fox, A., Merlin, J.S., Arnsten, J.H, & Cunningham, C.O. (2016). When HIV treatment goals conflict with judicious opioid prescribing: A qualitative study of HIV providers. Substance Abuse, 37(1) 148-153.
Safo, S. A., Batchelder, A., Peyser, D., & Litwin, A. H. (2015). The common sense model applied to hepatitis C: a qualitative analysis of the impact of disease comparison and witnessed death on hepatitis C illness perception. Harm Reduction Journal, 12(1), 20.
Batchelder, A., Peyser, D., Nahvi S., Arnsten J.H., & Litwin, A. (2015). "Hepatitis C treatment turned me around:" Psychological and behavioral transformation related to hepatitis C treatment. Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 153, 66-71.

Starrels, J.L, Wu, B., Peyser, D., Fox, A., Batchelder, A., Barg, F., Arnsten, J.H., & Cunningham, C.O. (2014). It made my life a little easier: Understanding primary care providers’ use of treatment agreements for patients with chronic pain. Journal of Opioid Management, 10(2), 95-102.
Shapiro, M.E., Mahoney, J.R., Peyser, D., & Verghese, J. (2014). Cognitive reserve protects against apathy in individuals with human immunodeficiency virus. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 29(1), 110-120.
Comer, S.D., Metz V.E., Cooper, Z.D., Kowalczyk, W.K., Jones, J.D., Sullivan, M.A., Manubay, J.M., Vosburg, S.K., Smith, M.E., Peyser, D., & Saccone, P.A. (2013). Comparison of a drug versus money and drug versus drug self-administration choice procedure with oxycodone and morphine in opioid addicts. Behavioural Pharmacology, 24(5-6), 504-516.


M.S., Rutgers University, Clinical Psychology, 2015

B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University, 2011

Recent Awards

NIDA Women & Sex/Gender Differences Junior Investigator Award, 2016
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Barnard College, 2010
Summa Cum Laude, Barnard College, 2010
Psychology Departmental Honors, Barnard College, 2010
Dean’s List, Barnard College 2007-2010