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Marilyn Ritholz, Ph.D.


Senior Psychologist


Individual and family counseling for diabetes distress, depression, anxiety, fear of hypoglycemia and diabetes complications.


Qualitative research on patient-provider relationship, psyschosocial aspects of diabetes, and patients' perceptions of diabetes complications


Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School


University of California, Berkeley

Graduate School

California State University, Hayward

Graduate School

University of Wisconsin, Madison


University Counseling Service, Madison; McLean Hospital, Belmont


South Shore Mental Health


1.     Frey DH, Motto JA, Ritholz MD. Group therapy for persons at risk for suicide: An evaluation using intensive design. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice. 1983; 20:281-293.
2.     Swift WJ, Kalin NH, Wamboldt FS, Kaslow N, Ritholz M. Depression in Bulimia at 2-to-5 year followup. Psychiatry Research. 1985; 16:11-122.
3.     Swift WJ, Ritholz M, Kalin NH, Kaslow N. A followup study of thirty hospitalized bulimics. Psychosomatic Medicine. 1987; 49(2): 45-55.
4.     Wamboldt FS, Kaslow NJ, Swift WJ, Ritholz M. Short-Term Course of depressive symptoms in patients with eating disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1987; 144(3): 362-364.
5.     Ritholz MD, Jacobson AM. Living with hypoglycemia. J Gen Intern Med. 1998; 13(12): 799-804.
6.     Weinger K, O’Donnell KA, Ritholz MD. Adolescent views of diabetes-related parent conflict and support: a focus group analysis. J Adolesc Health. 2001; 29(5): 330-6.
7.     Meyer EC, Ritholz MD, Burns JP, Truog RD. Improving the quality of end-of-life care in the pediatric intensive care unit: parents’ priorities and recommendations. Pediatrics. 2006; 117(3): 649-57.
8.     Ritholz MD, Smaldone A, Lee J, Castillo A, Wolpert H, Weinger K. Perceptions of psychosocial factors and the insulin pump. Diabetes Care. 2007; 30(3): 549-554.
9.     Ritholz M, Atakov-Castillo A, Beste M, Beverly EA, Leighton A, Weinger K, Wolpert H. Psychosocial Factors Associated with Use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring. Diabet Med. 2010; 27:1060-1065.
10.   Smaldone A. & Ritholz MD. Perceptions of Parenting Children with Type 1 Diabetes in Early Childhood. JPHC. 2011; 25: 87-95.    
11.   Beverly EA, Hultgren BA, Brooks KM, Ritholz MD, Abrahamson MJ, Weinger K. Understanding Physicians' Challenges When Treating Type 2 Diabetic Patients' Social and Emotional Difficulties: A qualitative study. Diabetes Care. 2011; 34:1086-8.
12.   Ritholz MD, Beverly EA, Abrahamson MJ, Brooks KM, Hultgren BA, Weinger K. Physicians Perceptions of the Type 2 Diabetes Multidisciplinary Treatment Team: A Qualitative Study. Diabetes Educ. 2011; 37:778-784.
13.   Beverly EA, Ganda OP, Ritholz MD, Lee Y, Brooks KM, Lewis-Schroeder NF, Hirose M, Weinger K. Look Who’s (Not) Talking: Diabetes Patients’ Willingness to Discuss Self-Care with Physicians. Diabetes Care. 2012 Jul; 35(7): 1466-72.
14.   Beverly EA, Ritholz MD, Brooks KM, Hultgren BA, Lee Y, Abrahamson MJ, Weinger K. A Qualitative Study of Perceived Responsibility and Self-Blame in Type 2 Diabetes: Reflections of Physicians and Patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Sep;27(9):1180-7.
15.   Beverly EA, Brooks KM, Ritholz MD, Abrahamson MJ, Weinger K. Assessment of Emotional Struggles in Type 2 Diabetes: Patient Perspectives. Diabetes Care. 2012 Aug; 35(8): e62.
16.   Tanenbaum ML, Ritholz MD, Binko DH, Baek RN, Shreck MS, Gonzalez JS. Probing for depression and finding diabetes: a mixed-methods analysis of depression interviews with adults treated for type 2 diabetes. J Affect Disord. 2013 Sep 5;150(2):533-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2013.01.029.
17.   Tseng J, Halperin, L, Ritholz, M, Hsu, W. Perceptions and management of psychosocial factors affecting type 2 diabetes mellitus in Chinese Americans. J Diabetes Complications. 2013 Jul-Aug; 27(4):383-90.doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2013.01.001.
18.   Ritholz, MD, Beste M, Edwards SS, Beverly EA, Atakov-Castillo A, Wolpert HA. Impact of Continuous Glucose Monitoring on diabetes management and marital relationships of adults with Type 1 diabetes and their spouses. Diabet Med. 2013 Jul 2. doi: 10.1111/dme.12276.
19.   Ritholz MD, Wolpert H, Beste M, Atakov-Castillo A, Luff D, Garvey KC. Patient-Provider Relationships Across the Transition from Pediatric to Adult Diabetes Care: A Qualitative Study. Diabetes Educ. 2014 Jan-Feb; 40(1): 40-7.
20.   Ritholz MD, Beverly EA, Brooks KM, Abrahamson MJ, Weinger K. Barriers and Facilitators to Self-Care Communication during Medical Appointments in the United States for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Chronic Illness 2014, Feb 24. [Epub ahead of print]
21.   Garvey KC, Beste M, Luff D, Atakov-Castillo A, Wolpert H, Ritholz MD. Experiences of Health Care Transition Voiced By Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes: A Qualitative Study. Adolesc Health Med Ther. 2014 Oct 20;5:191-8. doi: 10.2147/AHMT.S67943.

Reviews, Chapters, Monographs and Editorials

1.     Ritholz MD. A parent’s guide to eating disorders and obesity. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 1993; 18 (5): 653-655.
2.     Ritholz, M. Working with Challenging Patients in Diabetes Treatment. In: Educating Your Patient with Diabetes. Weinger, K & Carver, C. (Eds.). Totowa, NJ: Humana Press; 2008. p. 197-212.  
3.     Ritholz MD. Lifestyle and Behavior: Is Continuous Glucose Monitoring for Everyone? Consideration of Psychosocial Factors. Diabetes Spectrum. 2008: 21(4): 287-289.
4.     Ritholz MD, Beverly EA, Weinger K. Digging Deeper: The Role of Qualitative Research in Behavioral Diabetes. Current Diabetes Reports. 2011:11(6): 494-502.

Marilyn Ritholz, Ph.D., Joslin Diabetes Center, Behaviorial and Mental Health Services

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