Rachel Hershenberg, PhD
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director of Psychotherapy
Treatment Resistant Depression Program
Rachel Hershenberg, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the research and treatment of depression. After obtaining her bachelor’s in psychology from Emory University, she graduated from Stony Brook University with a PhD in clinical psychology and completed her clinical internship at the Charleston Consortium. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory, she completed an Advanced Fellowship in Mental Health Research at the Michael J. Crescenz Philadelphia VA Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
The Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) program, housed within Emory’s Brain Health Center, is a multi-disciplinary evaluation and treatment program for individuals suffering from unremitting depression. In this role, Dr. Hershenberg draws on her passion for integrating science and practice, helping to lead efforts to integrate cutting edge research into every clinical encounter. With collaborators within and outside the department, the TRD seeks to identify novel biomarkers that may distinguish more homogenous subgroups of patients and improve personalized medicine.
Dr. Hershenberg studies the approach and experience of rewards in daily life, particularly in depressed individuals for whom fatigue and low motivation is a primary symptom. She conducts research using ambulatory assessments that capture momentary choices and affective fluctuations in daily life and seeks to integrate these assessments into psychosocial and neuromodulation treatments for depression.
Dr. Hershenberg is a practicing psychologist, providing evidence-based care in the TRD and Fuqua Center for Late Life Depression. She specializes in Behavioral Activation, a depression treatment designed to target behaviors that maintain sad mood, fatigue, and low motivation and increase behaviors that facilitate contact with positive and rewarding aspects of daily life.