Michelle Riba, M.D., M.S.

Clinical Professor


Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S. is Clinical Professor and Program Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship; Associate Director of The University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center; Director of the PsychOncology Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Riba has served on numerous editorial boards and is the author or editor of over 200 scientific articles, books, chapters and scientific abstracts. She is past president of the American Psychiatric Association, Association for Academic Psychiatry, and American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. Currently, she is Secretary for Scientific Publications for the World Psychiatry Association. Dr. Riba’s clinical and research interests include primary care psychiatry, depression and cardiovascular disease, psychoncology, and the role of screening for distress in patients with medical illness.

Areas of Interest

  • Psycho-Oncology
  • Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology - Collaborative Treatment Issues
  • Screening for distress in cancer patients
  • Melanoma- psychiatric issues related to treatments for melanoma
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation - screening for distress
  • Guidelines for (1) distress and (2) delivering bad news - National Comprehensive Cancer Center Network


  • University of Connecticut Psychiatry Residency, Farmington, CT; 1985-1989
  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT; M.D. - 1985
  • St. John's University, Jamaica, NY; M.S., Organic Chemistry -1973
  • Queens College, Flushing, NY ; B.A. Chemistry - 1970

Published Articles or Reviews