Bio

Bio


Dr. Ronald Albucher is the former Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Vaden Health Center. His undergraduate training was at University of Pennsylvania and he attended University of Michigan for medical school and residency. Dr. Albucher subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, where he specialized in Anxiety Disorders, Mental Health treatment of university residents and medical students, and also ran the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center’s Mental Health Clinic. Dr. Albucher was the Associate Training Director, University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry for approximately 10 years. Ron has been very involved in organized psychiatry, holding numerous positions with the American Psychiatric Association, Michigan Psychiatric Society, and the Northern California Psychiatric Society.

Ron joined Stanford University in September 2008, when he became Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Medical School’ s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Albucher has presented at a variety of conferences, published two books on Board Review, and has published scientific research in peer reviewed journals. He continues to serve on the review boards of several journals and publications and is working on two projects currently: eBridge to Wellness (a multisite study of online based outreach to at risk college students), and investigating the implementation of a short-term psychotherapy model in college counseling centers. He stepped down from the Director position in September 2018.

Clinical Focus


  • Psychiatry

Academic Appointments


Professional Education


  • Medical Education: University of Michigan GME Training Verifications (1989) MI
  • Fellowship: University of Michigan School of Medicine (1994) MI
  • Residency: University of Michigan School of Medicine (1993) MI
  • Internship: University of Michigan School of Medicine (1990) MI
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (1994)

Research & Scholarship

Clinical Trials


  • Electronic Bridge to Mental Health for College Students Recruiting

    Electronic Bridge to Mental Health for College Students (eBridge) is an online intervention that screens students for mental health concerns that include elevated suicide risk and facilitates their linkage to mental health (MH) services. EBridge is designed to work on computers, tablets, and smartphones (iOS, Android) and is easily adaptable to evolving technologies in the future. It incorporates motivational interviewing (MI) principles and draws from health behavior models that emphasize autonomy and self-determination. Following a web-based screen using standardized scales to identify students at elevated risk, eBridge offers students options for personalized feedback (provided online in a conversational format adherent with motivational interviewing) and corresponding online with professionals trained in motivational interviewing and knowledgeable about university and community resources. Ebridge is being conducted at four universities: the University of Michigan, the University of Nevada-Reno, the University of Iowa, and Stanford University.

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Teaching

2020-21 Courses


Publications

All Publications


  • Variation in Suicide Risk among Subgroups of Sexual and Gender Minority College Students. Suicide & life-threatening behavior Horwitz, A. G., Berona, J., Busby, D. R., Eisenberg, D., Zheng, K., Pistorello, J., Albucher, R., Coryell, W., Favorite, T., Walloch, J. C., King, C. A. 2020

    Abstract

    OBJECTIVE: Sexual and gender minorities are at elevated risk for suicide, yet few studies have examined differences in risk within many sexual and gender minority subgroups. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in prevalence for suicide risk factors among a wide range of sexual orientations and gender identities.METHOD: Forty-one thousand four hundred and twelve college students (62% cis-female, 37% cis-male, 1% transgender/genderqueer) completed a wellness screen that included four suicide risk factors (depression, heavy alcohol use, suicide ideation, suicide attempt).RESULTS: Gender minority students (i.e., transgender, genderqueer/non-binary) had significantly higher rates of depression, suicide ideation, and suicide attempts relative to cisgender peers, although there were no within-group differences among gender minority students. Adjusted odds ratios for endorsing two or more (2+) suicide risk factors were substantially higher for all sexual minority subgroups relative to heterosexuals. Among sexual minorities, those identifying as pansexual, bisexual, queer, or mostly gay/lesbian had greater odds of endorsing 2+ suicide risk factors relative to students identifying as mostly heterosexual, gay/lesbian, asexual, or 'other sexual minority'. Pansexual students had 33% greater odds of endorsing 2+ suicide risk factors relative to bisexual students.CONCLUSIONS: These findings highlight significant variation in suicide risk among sexual minority subgroups and the need for targeted interventions for subgroups at highest risk.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/sltb.12637

    View details for PubMedID 32291833

  • Black college students at elevated risk for suicide: Barriers to mental health service utilization. Journal of American college health : J of ACH Busby, D. R., Zheng, K., Eisenberg, D., Albucher, R. C., Favorite, T., Coryell, W., Pistorello, J., King, C. A. 2019: 1–7

    Abstract

    Objective: To examine differences between Black students who do and do not screen positive for suicide risk; to describe barriers to mental health service utilization (MHSU) among participants with a positive screen and no current MHSU and; to determine if barriers vary by student characteristics. Participants: 1,559 Black students (66% female), ages 18years and older (M=21years, SD=2.61) recruited from September 2015 to October 2017 across four universities. Method: Participants completed an online survey assessing demographics, suicide risk, MHSU, and barriers to MHSU. Results: Seventeen percent of students screened positive for risk; 66% of these students were not receiving MHS. Students who screened positive were female and younger. Perceived problem severity (74%) was reported most frequently. Conclusions: Efforts to improve MHSU among Black college students at risk for suicide should address students' awareness of treatable MH problems and time concerns.

    View details for DOI 10.1080/07448481.2019.1674316

    View details for PubMedID 31662044

  • Suicide risk among gender and sexual minority college students: The roles of victimization, discrimination, connectedness, and identity affirmation. Journal of psychiatric research Busby, D. R., Horwitz, A. G., Zheng, K., Eisenberg, D., Harper, G. W., Albucher, R. C., Roberts, L. W., Coryell, W., Pistorello, J., King, C. A. 2019; 121: 182–88

    Abstract

    Little is known about how victimization and discrimination relate to suicide risk among sexual and gender minority (SGM) college students, or what is protective for these students. The current study will: 1.) determine the extent to which interpersonal victimization, discrimination, identity affirmation, and social connectedness are associated with suicide risk characteristics, and if race and/or ethnicity moderates this association; 2.) examine whether identity affirmation and social connectedness are protective against associations between victimization or discrimination and suicide risk characteristics.Participants were 868 students (63.6% female) from four United States universities who completed an online screening survey and met the following study inclusion criteria: self-identification as gender and/or sexual minority, endorsement of at least one suicide risk characteristic and no current use of mental health services. Participants also completed measures that assessed demographics, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), victimization, discrimination, connectedness, and LGBTQ identity affirmation.Victimization was positively associated with depression severity, suicidal ideation, alcohol misuse, suicide attempt history, and NSSI. Discrimination was positively associated with depression severity, suicide attempt history, and NSSI. Connectedness was inversely associated with depression severity, suicidal ideation severity, suicide attempt history, and NSSI, and moderated the association between victimization and suicide attempt history. LGBTQ identity affirmation moderated the link between victimization and depression.Results suggest efforts to decrease victimization and discrimination and increase connectedness may decrease depressive morbidity and risks for self-harm among SGM college students. Further, increasing LGBTQ identity affirmation may buffer the impact of victimization on depression.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2019.11.013

    View details for PubMedID 31837538

  • Assessing adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the university setting JOURNAL OF AMERICAN COLLEGE HEALTH Tinklenberg, J., Patel, B., Gelman, K., Albucher, R. 2018; 66 (2): 141–44

    Abstract

    To address the increasing demand for assessments of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the primary author developed a protocol for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Stanford University's Vaden Student Health Center to improve the efficiency of such evaluations.As part of quality assurance, we reviewed the charts of Stanford students who sought assessment for ADHD before the protocol was implemented (September 2011-June 2013) and after the protocol was established (October 2013-August 2014). An IRB exemption was obtained.The protocol includes questionnaires that solicit detailed clinical information from a variety of sources prior to the student's initial visit.A peer chart review of 35 randomly selected charts showed that students completing the protocol are receiving a more thorough assessment.The new Stanford ADHD protocol, designed to improve clinic efficiency, also increases the availability of relevant clinical information.

    View details for PubMedID 29028463

  • An Integrationist Perspective: A Response to "Bias: Thinking about College Student Psychotherapy versus Drug Treatment and Disability" JOURNAL OF COLLEGE STUDENT PSYCHOTHERAPY Albucher, R. C. 2013; 27 (4): 299–303

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