Benjamin J. Morasco, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine


Dr. Morasco is a Staff Psychologist at the VA Portland Health Care System and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU. He conducts clinical research on issues related to chronic pain, with interests in improving pain treatment outcomes in patients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. He is currently funded by grants from NIH, Department of Veterans Affairs, and PCORI to conduct clinical and observational trials designed to improve pain treatment outcomes and enhance the safety of common chronic pain interventions. Dr. Morasco also provides clinical services in the substance use disorder specialty clinic at the Portland VA.


  • B.A., 1997, University of Northern Iowa
  • M.A., 1999, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
  • Ph.D., 2003, Saint Louis University
  • Internship:

    • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, 2003
  • Fellowship:

    • Postdoctoral Fellowship in health psychology. Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living. Hartford, Connecticut 2004
    • Postdoctoral Fellowship in addictive behaviors. University of Connecticut Health Center. Farmington, Connecticut 2005



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