Philip Close-Barber

Position at CCPH: Staff Psychiatrist

Year Joined UMass: 2022

Clinical Interests: I look forward to opportunities to work alongside students of all ages, backgrounds, and identities on their journey toward better understanding of their thoughts and emotions. Overall, I aim to collaborate with students on new ways to approach challenges, and help folks feel more like their best selves.

I often tend toward a psychodynamic approach, helping others develop more insight into their inner world and exploring the relationships in their lives. I also have training in cognitive behavioral techniques, and incorporate relational and narrative treatment approaches.

I am also happy to discuss the role of medication in supporting one's journey toward better mental health.

Education:  Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.), University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME; MS in Bioethics, Columbia University, New York, NY; BA in East Asian Studies, Connecticut College, New London, CT

Professional Experience:  My psychiatry training (most recently having completed the UMass Chan Medical School/Baystate Medical Center Psychiatry Residency) has involved both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. I have experience working in multiple outpatient clinic settings, adult and pediatric partial hospital programs, and inpatient psychiatric units. I have worked with patients to manage a wide variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma-associated symptoms, intrusive thoughts, and challenges with emotional regulation.

Certifications/Licenses: Licensed Physician, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

More About Me: I am originally from Western Mass, and am delighted to be working in familiar environs. In my free time, I enjoy reading fiction, board/tabletop games, hiking and walking in nature as the New England weather allows, and some profoundly amateur woodworking.