Christopher Cutter

Christopher Cutter received his Ph.D. from Northeastern University in 2007, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2002, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach in 1998.

Cutter currently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine as well as Director of the Chronic Pain and Recovery Center at Silver Hill Hospital. He is a research supervisor and course instructor for the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, including the section of General Medicine (Primary Care), and Division of Substance Abuse at Yale University. He precepts Yale School of Medicine psychiatry and psychology fellows on the application of cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches to chronic pain and opiate dependence. Cutter currently serves as the component director of the Medical Research Unit (MRU), and clinic director of the Pain Treatment Services at the APT Foundation.

Cutter is a clinician researcher whose focus is on evidence-based therapeutic interventions associated with substance abuse and chronic pain.

Cutter is the recipient of a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Addiction Medicine from Yale School of Medicine. He also served as a Clinical Research Fellow, a Predoctoral Clinical Psychological Intern, and a Psychology Extern at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. Cutter is also a Beck Institute Scholar (2013) and has received the National Institute on Drug Abuse Travel Award (2011), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse Psychotherapy Development Center Pilot Project Grant (2010).


Selected Publications:


“Protocol for three parallel multi-site stepped care effectiveness studies for unhealthy alcohol use in HIV-positive patients.” With Edelman, J.E., et. al. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 17 Nov. 2016.

“Psychiatric disorders among patients seeking treatment for co-occurring chronic pain and opiod use disorder.” With Barry, D.T., et. al. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 30 Aug. 2016.

“Physical activity, psychiatric distress, and interest in exercise group participation among individuals seeking methadone maintenance treatment with and without chronic pain.” With Beitel, M., et. al. The American Journal on Addictions. 25:2 (2016).

“Cognitive behavioral therapy improves treatment outcomes for prescription opioid users in primary care buprenorphine treatment.” With Moore, B.A., et. al. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 71 (2016).

“A pilot trial of a videogame-based exercise program for methadone maintained patients.” With Schottenfeld, R.S., et. al. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 47:4 (2014).


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