Simon Goldberg

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Professor Simon Goldberg

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Professor Simon Goldberg

Assistant Professor
Counseling Psychology (CP)

335 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
Office: 608/265-8986
Fax: 608/265-4174

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Biography

Dr. Goldberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He conducts research on psychotherapy, with a specific emphasis on the effects of and mechanisms underlying meditation- and mindfulness-based interventions. He is currently completing a 5-year, NIH-funded K23 award focused on the delivery of meditation training through mobile health technology. He has clinical experience working with military veterans and conducts research on veteran mental health. He has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Psychotherapy Research.


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Health Services Research & Development
VA Puget Sound Health Care System – Seattle Division, University of Washington Department of Health Services
Seattle, WA

Doctoral Internship, Clinical Psychology
VA Puget Sound Health Care System - Seattle Division
Seattle, WA

Ph D, Counseling Psychology, Quantitative Methods
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

BA, Sociology, Summa cum laude
Tufts University
Medford, MA

Research Interests

psychotherapy process and outcome, mindfulness and meditation-based interventions, quantitative methods, military veteran mental health


  • Goldberg, S., Knoeppel, C., Davidson, R.J., & Flook, L. (2020). Does practice quality mediate the relationship between practice time and outcome in mindfulness-based stress reduction? Journal of Counseling Psychology. 67(1), 115-122.
    Abstract: doi: 10.1037/cou0000369
  • Wielgosz, J., Goldberg, S., Kral, T.R., Dunne, J.D., & Davidson, R.J. (2019). Mindfulness meditation and psychopathology. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. 15(1), 1-32.
  • Goldberg, S., Buck, B., Raphaely, S., & Fortney, J.C. (2018). Measuring psychiatric symptoms remotely: A systematic review of remote measurement-based care. Current Psychiatry Reports. 20(10).
  • Thompson, M.N., Goldberg, S., & Nielsen, S.L. (2018). Patient financial distress and treatment outcomes in naturalistic psychotherapy. Journal of Counseling Psychology. 65(4), 523-530.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Goldberg, S., Flook, L., Hirshberg, M., Findley, D., Kesebir, P., Schaefer, S., & Davidson, R.J. (2017). Getting a grip on the handgrip task: Handgrip duration correlates with neuroticism but not conscientiousness. Frontiers in Psychology. 8, 1367.
  • Goldberg, S., Tanana, M., Imel, Z.E., Atkins, D.C., Hill, C.E., & Anderson, T. (in press). Can a computer detect interpersonal skills? Using machine learning to scale up the Facilitative Interpersonal Skills task. Psychotherapy Research.
  • Goldberg, S., Hanley, A.W., Baldwin, S.A., Berstein, A., & Garland, E.L. (in press). Does mindfulness practice promote psychological functioning or is it the other way around? A daily diary study. Psychotherapy.
  • Goldberg, S., Flemotomos, N., Martinez, V.R., Tanana, M., Kuo, P., Pace, B.T., & Atkins, D.C. (in press). Machine learning and natural language processing in psychotherapy research: Alliance as example use case. Journal of Counseling Psychology.
  • Goldberg, S., Fortney, J.C., Chen, J.A., Young, B.A., Lehavot, K., & Simpson, T.L., Military service and military health care coverage are associated with reduced racial disparities in time to mental health treatment initiation. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.
    Abstract: doi: 10.1007/s10488-020-01017-2
  • Hirshberg, M.J., Goldberg, S., Rosenkranz, M., & Davidson, R.J. (in press). Prevalence of harm in mindfulness-based stress reduction. Psychological Medicine.
  • Goldberg, S., Riordan, K., Sun, S., & Davidson, R.J. (in press). The empirical status of mindfulness-based interventions: A systematic review of 44 meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials. Perspectives on Psychological Science.
  • Simpson, T.L., Hawrilenko, M., Goldberg, S., Browne, K., Lehavot, K., & Borowitz, M. (in press). Treatment receipt patterns among individuals with co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.


  • Riordan, K., Goldberg, S., & Davidson, R.J. (2020). What do we know about mindfulness-based interventions now? A systematic review of meta-analyses, Mind & Life Institute Summer Research Institute, Garrison, NY.
  • Goldberg, S., Flynn, A., Abbas, M., Schultz, M., Hiserodt, M., Thomas, K., & Wyman, M.F. (2019). Prevalence and predictors of treatment seeking among post-deployment National Guard service members: A longitudinal analysis, American Psychological Association Meeting, American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Goldberg, S., Tanana, M., Imel, Z.E., Narayanan, S., & Atkins, D.C. (2018). Evaluating the quality of therapeutic alliance from session content, The Digital Exploration of Psychotherapy (DEPTH) Project, North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, Park City, UT.
  • Goldberg, S., Tucker, R.P., Greene, P.A., Davidson, R.J., Kearney, D.J., & Simpson, T.L. (2018). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for patients with current depression: A meta-analysis, American Psychological Association Meeting, American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Thompson, M.N., Goldberg, S., & Nielsen, S.L. (2018). Patient-rated financial distress as an indicator of social class in naturalistic psychotherapy, Social class in psychotherapy research: Consideration for measurement, design, and analysis, American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.


  • Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI)
    Scope of Organization: International, Member Since: March 1, 2017
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
    Scope of Organization: National, Member Since: September 1, 2011
  • Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR)
    Scope of Organization: International, Member Since: September 01, 2011
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