Center Leadership

Lisa Marsch, PhD

Center Director

Development, Evaluation, & Dissemination of Technology-based Therapeutic Tools; Prevention and Treatment for Substance Use Disorders; Behavioral Health


Lisa Marsch, PhD
Center Director

46 Centerra Parkway , EverGreen Center, Suite 315 Lebanon, NH 03766

(603) 646-7092

Dr. Lisa A. Marsch is the Director of the Dartmouth Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, a designated “Center of Excellence” supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.

She is also the Director of the Northeast Node of the National Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network based out of Dartmouth and the Andrew G. Wallace Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.   And, she leads a national “Science of Behavior Change” initiative supported by the National Institutes of Health with partners at Dartmouth, Stanford, Arizona State University, Drexel, and MIT.

The Dartmouth Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH) is a national interdisciplinary Center housed at Dartmouth and includes affiliates within the Geisel School of Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, The Thayer School of Engineering, and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. CTBH also includes interdisciplinary partners across the U.S. and internationally.

This Center uses science to inform the development, evaluation, and sustainable implementation of technology-based tools (that leverage web, mobile, sensing and/or social media approaches) for behavior change targeting a wide array of populations and health behaviors.   These tools are designed to deliver engaging and effective health monitoring and health behavior interventions and to collectively lead to transformations in the delivery of science-based health care.

In addition to directing this national Center, Dr. Marsch has personally been Principal Investigator on 26 grants totaling approximately $50 million in grant funding, largely from the National Institutes of Health.   She has led the development, evaluation and implementation of technology-based therapeutic tools for addiction treatment, HIV prevention, mental health, chronic pain management, substance abuse prevention, smoking cessation, and obesity.  Her work in technology and addiction treatment has been particularly pioneering, as she is widely recognized as having led the development of the most widely tested and evidence-based mobile intervention for addiction treatment.

She additionally maintains a priority focus on mentoring investigators, including junior faculty as well as students and post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Marsch publishes extensively and is a regular keynote speaker at national and international scientific meetings (including invited presentations at the White House, Congressional briefings, the World Bank, and for the US Surgeon General).  She has served as a consultant to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization.  She serves on the National Advisory Council to the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.  And, she serves on the Health Information Technology Policy Committee on Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use for the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator.

She also led the development of a recently-published seminal book from Oxford University Press on the state of the science of leveraging technologies in transforming behavioral health care.

Selected Publications
  • Marsch LA, Gustafson D. The role of technology in healthcare innovation:  a commentary. Journal of Dual Diagnosis. 2012 Nov. DOI:10.1080/15504263.2012.750105.
  • Chaple M, Sacks S, McKendrick K, Marsch LA, Belenko S, Leukefeld K, Prendergast M, French M. Feasibility of a computerized intervention for offenders with substance use disorders.  Journal of Experimental Criminology. 2013/10/18 2013:1-23. DOI 10.1007/s11292-013-9187-y.
  • Marsch LA, Carroll KM, Kiluk BD. Technology-based interventions for the treatment and recovery management of substance use disorders: A JSAT special issue. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2014 Jan;46(1):1-4.  PMID: 24041749; PMCID: PMC3825739.
  • Marsch LA, Guarino H, Acosta M, Aponte-Melendez Y, Cleland C, Grabinski M,Brady R, Edwards J. Web-based behavioral treatment for substance use disorders as a partial replacement of standard methadone maintenance treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2014 Jan;46(1):43-51. PMID: 24060350; PMCID: PMC3839618.
  • Marsch LA, Grabinski MJ, Bickel WK, Desrosiers A, Guarino H, Muehlbach B, Solhkhah R, Talfique S, Acosta M. Computer-assisted HIV prevention for youth with substance use disorders. Substance Use and Misuse. 2011; 46(1): 46-56. PMID: 21190405.
  • Marsch LA. The application of technology to the assessment, prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. (editorial). Substance Use and Misuse. 2011; 46(1): 1-3. doi:10.3109/10826084.2011.521426.
  • Bickel WK, Christensen DR, Marsch LA. A review of computer-based interventions used in the assessment, treatment and research of drug addiction. Substance Use and Misuse. 2011;46(1):4-9. PMID: 21190401; PMCID: PMC3092368.
  • Marsch LA, Dallery J. Advances in the psychosocial treatment of addiction: the role of technology in the delivery of evidence-based psychosocial treatment. Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 2012; 35(2):481-93. PMID: 22640767.
  • Marsch LA. Leveraging technology to enhance addiction treatment and recovery. Journal of Addictive Diseases. 2012;31(3):313-8. PMID: 22873192.
  • Marsch LA, Lord SE, Dallery J. (Eds). Behavioral health care and technology: using science-based innovations to transform practice. New York: Oxford University Press. 2014.
  • Marsch LA. Envisioning the future: transformation of health care systems via technology. In Marsch LA, Lord SE, Dallery J. (Eds). Behavioral health care and technology: using science-based innovations to transform practice. New York: Oxford University Press. 2014.
  • Marsch LA, Lord SE, Dallery J. The state of the science of technology-based behavioral health care: an introduction. In Marsch LA, Lord SE, Dallery J. (Eds). Behavioral health care and technology: using science-based innovations to transform practice. New York: Oxford University Press. 2014.
  • Possemato K, Acosta MC, Fuentes J, Lantinga LJ, Marsch LA, Maisto SA, Grabinski M, Rosenblum A.  A web-based self-management program for recent combat veterans with PTSD and substance misuse: program development and veteran feedback. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2014.03.005.
  • Marsch LA (Chair). (in press). Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) on technology-based therapeutic tools targeting behavioral health.  Publication of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
  • Bickel WK, Marsch, L.A., Budney A. (in press). Computerized behavioural therapy for substance use disorders. In P. M. Miller (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Addictive Behaviors. San Diego, CA: Elsevier. ISBN: 0123785987.
  • Bickel WK, Marsch LA, Buchhalter AR, Badger GJ. Computerized behavior therapy for opioid-dependent outpatients: a randomized controlled trial. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2008 Apr;16(2):132-43. PubMed PMID: 18489017 PMCID PMC2746734.
  • Marsch LA, Bickel WK, Grabinski MJ. Application of interactive, computer technology to adolescent substance abuse prevention and treatment. Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews. 2007 Aug;18(2):342-56, xii. Review. PubMed PMID: 18605650.
  • Marsch LA, Bickel WK, Badger GJ.  Applying computer technology to substance abuse prevention science: results of a preliminary examination. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse 2007 Mar; 16(2):69-94.
  • Bickel WK, Marsch LA. A Future for Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment in the 21st Century:  Applications of Computer-Based Information Technologies.  Chapter in J. Henningfield, P.B. Santora, & W.K. Bickel (Eds.) Addiction Treatment:  Science and Policy for the 21st Century. 2007; 35-43. Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, MD.
  • Marsch LA, Stephens MA, Mudric T, Strain EC, Bigelow GE, Johnson RE. Predictors of outcome in LAAM, buprenorphine, and methadone treatment for opioid  dependence. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. 2005 Nov;13(4):293-302. PubMed PMID: 16366759.
  • Marsch LA, Bickel WK, Badger GJ, Stothart ME, Quesnel KJ, Stanger C, Brooklyn J. Comparison of pharmacological treatments for opioid-dependent adolescents: a randomized controlled trial. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2005 Oct;62(10):1157-64. PubMed PMID: 16203961.
  • Marsch LA, Bickel WK, Badger GJ, Jacobs EA. Buprenorphine treatment for opioid dependence: the relative efficacy of daily, twice and thrice weekly dosing.  Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2005 Feb 14;77(2):195-204. PubMed PMID: 15664721.
  • Marsch LA, Bickel WK. Efficacy of computer-based HIV/AIDS education for injection drug users.  American Journal of Health Behavior, 2004 Jul-Aug;28(4):316-27. PubMed PMID: 15228968.