Eric Meyer, PhD, is professor and director of the Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program. Before coming to Pitt in 2020, he held faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at Texas A&M Health Science Center, College of Medicine and in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University.
A licensed clinical psychologist, the goal of his research is to improve long-term functioning and quality of life in people living with complex combinations of trauma-related mental and physical health conditions including posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, substance use disorders, depression and traumatic brain injury. Most of his research to date has been with military veterans and emergency responders. Through his research, he seeks to understand the influence of modifiable psychosocial factors on the functional recovery process in trauma-exposed populations. He translates findings from observational research to adapt, refine and test behavioral interventions that target these modifiable factors. He is particularly interested in the potential of acceptance and mindfulness-based behavioral interventions to improve long-term functional outcomes in people living with psychiatric and physical disabilities.
He served as a clinical trainer for a national training program in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. His work has been funded by the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs and the State of Texas. He earned masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Binghamton University (State University of New York at Binghamton), completed his clinical internship at VA Boston and the National Center for PTSD and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.