Michelle B. Riba, MD, MS, is currently Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Education and Academic Affairs iri the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Health System, and Director of the Psycho-Oncology Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Dr. Riba received her medical degree from and her psychiatric residency tiaining at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
Dr. Riba is board certified in psychiatry and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA); Vice President of the APA; President of the Association for Academic Psychiatry; and Past President of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Traiiring. She was Scientific Program Chair of the 2000 Institute on Psychiatric Services. Dr. Riba has been Vice Chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the annual APA meeting and Secretary of the APA Board of Trustees. Dr. Riba has chaired the APA Committee of Residents and Fellows and the APA Ethics Appeals Board and currently chairs the APA Vestermark Award Comrnittee. She is a Trustee of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry. Dr. Riba has served on the Membership Development Committee of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Mental Health Committee of the National Hemophilia Foundation. Currently, Dr. Riba serves on the American College of Psychiatrists PRITE Commission and on the "distress" and "patient/ physician communication" guidelines committees for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Dr. Riba is an active teacher at the University of Michigan. She regularly teaches a seminar on the doctor-patient relationship to first-year medical students. As a consultation liaison psychiatrist, Dr. Riba teaches primary care psychiatry, depression and medical illness, depression and cancer, and medication backup to psychiatry residents, and psychiatric issues in cancer to hematology-oncology fellows. She directs regular psychooncology rounds at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Riba is course co-director of two annual continuing medical education events at the University of Michigan, and is a national and international speaker at major scientific meetings. She has received the APA's Nancy CA Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine; the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training; the Mead Johnson Award for Superior Academic Achievement from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut; and the Visiting Scholar Award from the American Psychosomatic Society. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Riba has served on the Department of Psychiatry's Appointments and Promotions Committee and was elected to the Medical School's Clinical Appointments and Promotions Committee.
Dr. Riba's research interests have been in the field of psycho-oncology. She is currently investigating the role of screening for distress in patients with melanoma and those undergoing bone marrow transplantation under a grant from the University of Michigan Venture Investment Fund. Dr. Riba has been interested in the area of medication backup since she was a resident at the University of Connecticut. Through several scientific papers, APA courses, books, and presentations at scientific meetings, she has helped to advance the discussion of this topic and research in this important area.
Dr. Riba serves on the editorial board of Psychiatric Services and the editorial advisory board of the American Psychiatric Press, Inc. She is a reviewer for PsychoOncology; Academic Psychiatry; Psychiatric Services; the Journal of Practical Psychiatry and Behavioral Health; and Psyclwsomatic Medicine. She has authored or coedited more than 100 scientific articles, books, chapters, and scientific abstracts. For the past 10 years, Dr. Riba has coedited the annual Review of Psychiatry series that is published by the American Psychiatric Press.