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photo Rachel Bachrach, PhD

General Internal Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Core Investigator, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Core Investigator, Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Adjunct Research Health Scientist, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh


Phone: 412-360-2674

Office: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
University Drive (151C)
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Phone: 412-360-2674
Education and Training
BA, Psychology, University of Michigan, 2003
MS, Psychology, Villanova University, 2006
PhD, Clinical Psychology, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 2015
Clinical Internship, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, 2015
Postdoctoral Scholar (T32 AA007453), University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychiatry, 2017
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, 2020
Research Interest
Dr. Bachrach’s program of research emphasizes the study of unhealthy alcohol use and its comorbidities, as well as its determinants, consequences, understanding factors that influence receipt of evidence-based alcohol care, and implementing strategies to improve equitable access to evidence-based care. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate questions of interest.

Currently, Dr. Bachrach is a Core Investigator in the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She received a VA Health Services Research and Development Career Development Award (CDA; K2HX003087) to develop, refine, and pilot an implementation intervention – practice facilitation – aiming to improve the use of evidence-based alcohol-related care (i.e., screening, brief counseling interventions, pharmacotherapy, and referral to integrated behavioral health and specialty substance use treatment) in a primary care setting.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Bachrach is a licensed clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania and spends part of her time working as a psychologist in VA Pittsburgh’s Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Clinic. She has extensive experience in using cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing to treat patients presenting with mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
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Selected Publications:
Bachrach, R. L., Quinn, D. A. The role of gender and veteran status in healthcare access among a national sample of US adults with unhealth alcohol use. Substance Use & Misuse. 2023; 1-9.
Bachrach, R. L., Rogal, S. S. Assessment of alcohol and other substance use in patients with chronic liver disease. Clinical Liver Disease. 2022; in press.
Bachrach, R. L., Chinman, M., Rodriguez, K.L., Mor, M.K., Kraemer, K. L., Garfunkel, C. E., Williams, E. C. Using practice facilitation to improve alcohol-related care in primary care: A mixed-methods pilot study protocol. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice. 2022; 17: 19.
Bachrach, R. L., Blosnich, J. R., Williams, E. C. Alcohol screening and brief intervention in a representative sample of Veterans receiving primary care services. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2018; 95: 18-25.
Notable Achievements
Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science, 2023
Early Career Investigator Award, Translational Mechanisms of Behavior Change Meeting at the Research Society on Alcoholism, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2022
New Investigator Award, Addiction Health Services Research Conference, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2019
Fellow, OBSSR/NHLBI/ODP Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials, 2019
Junior Investigator Award, Research Society on Alcoholism, 2017
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (Predoctoral), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2013-2014
Fellow, Implementation Research Institute, 2023-2025