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Barry Nierenberg, Ph.D., ABPP he/him/his


Professor - Psychology


College of Psychology

For the past 35 years, Barry Nierenberg, Ph.D., ABPP, has held numerous leadership positions as a psychologist working with other health care professionals in hospitals across the country working on the interface of medicine and psychology. Dr. Nierenberg is currently a Professor of Psychology for the Nova Southeastern University College of Psychology, where he is part of the core faculty for doctoral psychology level training within the Department of Clinical and School Psychology. He holds secondary academic appointments within the NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (NSU MD) as well as the Department of Psychiatry at the NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine. He serves on both the Curriculum and Admissions Committees for NSU MD.

Dr. Nierenberg is Board Certified in Rehabilitation Psychology, served as a member on the Executive Board of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology and is the Past President of the Academy of Rehabilitation Psychology. He served on the Florida Department of Health’s Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Advisory Council between 1989 - 2009 and as Chair of this group from 2001 – 2003. Prior to joining NSU in 2008, Dr. Nierenberg spent the previous 18 years as a Senior Psychologist at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where he served for many years as Director of Child Adolescent Psychology within the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department and as Director of Postdoctoral Training. He went on to an appointment as the Director of Behavioral Science within the Department of Family Medicine where he served from 2003 – 2008.  

He is a Past President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology. He was the recipient of its prestigious Distinguished Service Award in 2008, their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and the Rehabilitation Psychology Mentoring Award in 2015.  He has published and presented numerous papers both nationally and internationally. Dr. Nierenberg's research interests include exploring the Intersection of Psychology and Medicine, especially regarding recent findings from both the positive psychology literature and the emerging field of network medicine. Recent projects include well being therapy via an ACT approach with individuals with spinal cord injury. Additionally, he and his students are working on a novel network medicine defined inter-professional approach to chronic pain.