Paul Block Paul Block, PhD

617-327-6777 x2312, Work Space 208C


  • Associate Professor teaching Leadership and Management in the context of healthcare reform, including program evaluation and clinical program consultation


  • PhD Clinical Psychology, New York University
  • BA (honors) Psychology, and Philosophy, Brown University


  • Leadership and Management

Research and Practice Interests

  • Health care policy and health care reform
  • Behavioral health in health care and health care policy
  • Behavioral health and human services leadership and management
  • Behavioral health management consulting
  • Behavioral health and human services program design and management (including evaluation)
  • Measuring critical thinking in psychology 
  • Student evaluations of clinical supervision

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • PS 376 Clinical Psychology, Rhode Island
  • Previous: Clinical Psychologist, CO


  • 2002  - Community Partner of the year, Thundermist Health Centers
  • 1989, 1990, 1995 & 1996 - "Outstanding" performance ratings, Brockton/West Roxbury VA Medical Center

Publications and Presentations

  • 17 Invited graduate and postgraduate teaching presentations, some multiple times
  • 29 Continuing medical and psychological education courses, some multiple times
  • 47 Peer-Reviewed Professional Presentations
  • 37 Invited Presentations
  • Oral and written testimony

Original articles:

Block P. Unconscious content. Psychological Reports 1985; 56: 891-901.

Robins CJ, Block P.  Personal vulnerability, life events, and depressive symptoms: A test of a specific interactional model. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology  1988; 54: 847-852.

Robins CJ, Block P.  "Cognitive" theories of depression viewed from a diathesis-stress perspective: Evaluations of the models of Beck, and of Abramson, Seligman, and Teasdale.  Cognitive Therapy and Research  1989; 13: 297-313.

Robins CJ, Block P., Peselow ED.  Relations of sociotropic and autonomous personality characteristics to specific symptoms in depressed patients.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology  1989; 98: 86-88.

Robins CJ, Block P, Peselow ED.  Specificity of symptoms in RDC endogenous depression. Journal of Affective Disorders  1989; 16: 243-248.

Peselow ED, Robins C, Block P, Barouche F, Fieve RR.  Dysfunctional attitudes in depressed patients before and after clinical treatment and in normal control subjects.  American Journal of Psychiatry  1990; 147: 439-444.

Robins CJ, Block P, Peselow ED.  Cognition and life events in major depression: A test of the mediation and interaction hypotheses.  Cognitive Therapy and Research  1990; 14: 299-313.

Robins CJ, Block P, Peselow ED.  Endogenous and nonendogenous depressions: Relations to life events, dysfunctional attitudes, and event perceptions.  British Journal of Clinical Psychology  1990; 29: 201-207.

Block P.  Measurement and interrelations of psychiatric symptomatology in inpatients.  Psychological Reports  1991; 68: 1055-1056.

Peselow ED, Robins CJ, Sanfilipo MP, Block P, Fieve RR.  Sociotropy and autonomy: Relationship to antidepressant drug treatment response and endogenous/nonendogenous dichotomy.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology  1992; 101: 479-486.

Knapp MJ, Knopman DS, Solomon PR, Pendlebury WW, Davis CS, Gracon SI for the Tacrine Study Group (inc. P. Block)  A 30-week randomized controlled trial of high-dose Tacrine in patients with Alzheimer's Disease.  Journal of the American Medical Association  1994; 271: 985-991.

Robins CJ, Hayes AM, Block P, Kramer RJ, Villena M.  Interpersonal and achievement concerns and the depressive vulnerability and symptom specificity hypotheses: A prospective study.  Cognitive Therapy and Research  1995; 19: 1-20.

Garfinkle C, Block P.  Physicians' interactions with families of terminally ill patients: The impact of attitudes and anxiety about death.  Family Medicine  1996; 28 (Special Series: Dealing with Death in Patients and Families): 699-704.

Block, P, & Borkan, J. (2013). Healthcare in Rhode Island: Shooting for the moon.  Rhode Island Medical Journal, 96, 12-13.


Block P. A psychosocial expansion of the Cognitive Theory of depression [dissertation].  New York: New York University; 1987.

Book chapter:

Brown ED, Block P. Management of human resources.  In Brown ED, O'Farrell TJ, Maisto SA, Hickman-Boies K, Suchinsky R, editors. Accreditation guide for substance abuse treatment programs.  Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications; 1996.

Nonprint material:

Block P, Taylor C, O'Brien K.  Cogito; A study guide for philosophical foundations of cognitive models, Version 2.0 [Interactive computer tutorial]. Denver: University of Denver; 1995.


Westergaard N, Block P, DuBoff EA.  Appropriate measurement of panic severity: Piloting the Westergaard Assessment Scale for Panic Attacks (WASPA) [Abstract].  Psychopharmacology Bulletin  1994; 30: 140.


Block P.  Doing violence to “…violence against women.” American Psychologist  1990; 45: 1386-1387.

Block P, Buirski P.  Practical pitfalls of ‘Postdoctoral education for professional practice.’  American Psychologist  1992; 47: 1243-1244.

Block P, with Galamaga, D, Hoffmann, N, Fritz, G, Msall, M, Dumas, M, Hagberg, S, & Rochefort, DA.  Can Rhode Island afford mental health care coverage? Facts for decision makers and advocates.  Pawtucket, RI: Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, 2000.

Block, P. (Author).  A Step toward Solving Rhode Island’s Health Care Financing Crisis: Reducing the Prohibitive Burden of Disease by Integrating Behavioral and Primary Care Some Assembly Required); An After-Forum report of the Surgeon General’s Presentation to Rhode Island, May 9, 2003.  Funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.  Pawtucket, RI: Allied Advocacy Group for Collaborative Care, 2003.

Block, P. (Secretary).  Taking the next step toward solving Rhode Island’s healthcare crisis: An action plan for integrating behavioral and primary care; A report of the Policy Roundtable on Collaborative Care, June 27, 2003.  Sponsored by the Allied Advocacy Group for Collaborative CareHosted by The Rhode Island Foundation in their Board Room, Providence, RI.  Pawtucket, RI: Allied Advocacy Group for Collaborative Care, 2004.

Block, P. A good time for RI entrepreneurs. Providence Journal Bulletin, Op-Ed., March 19, 2009. []

Block, P., & Harris, A. (2016.) Effective models of fidelity monitoring for evidence based practices.  Prepared for Mercer.  Gettysburg, PA: Open Minds.

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Founding managing partner, Cadence Consultants, LLC
  • (Consultant on several research applications)

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • 10/16-3/17 - VP for Consulting Services, Open Minds
  • 3/15-10/16 - VP for Behavioral Health Services, Riverside Community Care
  • 5/14-10/16 - Consultant, Open Minds
  • 5/14-3/15 - Director, North American Family Institute (NAFI) Center for Integrated Care Innovation.
  • 5/13-3/15 - Director, NAFI-RI services of NAFI Psychological Centers; Member, NAFI national executive team
  • 9/09-5/13 - Director, Psychological Centers
  • 9/09-5/13 - ex-officio (for-profit) member, Board, Ocean State Network for Children and Families (DCYF-serving Network)
  • 2/00-8/09 - Co-Founder and Co-Director, Psychological Centers
  • 2/98-2/00 - Assistant Vice President for Clinical Services, Child and Family Services of Newport County, Middletown, RI

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • (Formerly Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Society for Psychotherapy Exploration, ISSD, and Clinical Psychology Student Association of Greater New York)

Community Engagement

  • 2015-2016 - Chair, Association for Behavioral Health, state-invited ad hoc committee on simplification of documentation and regulation for co-located primary care behavioral health (extended to all outpatient psychosocial interventions).
  • 2012-2015 - Member, HealthRIght Healthcare Policy Group, Executive Committee
  • 2012-2013 - Member, RI Health Insurance Exchange Expert Advisory Committee
  • 2012-2013 - Member, Governor’s Workforce Board, Employer Advisory Group
  • 2012-2013 - JDAI RI Conditions of Confinement assessment team, member
  • 2011 - Member, RI Governor’s State Healthcare Reform Commission; member community provider leadership council; member payment and delivery reform workgroup
  • 2011-12 - Member, RI Office of Health and Human Services pain management stakeholder advisory group
  • 2011 - Member, RI Department of Health, Health Disparities Project; member, data workgroup
  • 2010 - Member, HealthRIght, statewide healthcare reform stakeholder group
  • 2010 - Member, Emergency Department Diversion stakeholder group, RI Department of Human Services
  • 2009-13 - Member, Global Waiver Task Force, advisory group to RI Department of Human Services
  • 2008-11 - Stakeholder Advisory Group, Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative, RI Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner
  • 2000-2008 - Medical Advisory Board, Crossroads RI, Member
  • 2000-08 - Member, Editor, Secretary, Allied Advocacy Group (Work group on integration of behavioral and medical care convened by the Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation, and Hospitals and the Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians)
  • 1999-2000 - Integrated Medicine Advisory Committee, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Consultant/Member
  • 1998-2000 - Medical Advisory Committee, Harbour Healthcare (Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island), Member
  • 1996-2004 - Member, Executive and Advocacy Committees, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island (variously Board Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary, Chair of the Advocacy Committee), Co-author, State of Mental Health Services in RI, report to the director of NIMH
  • 1993-1994 - Living Support Network of Colorado, Member- Board of Directors
  • 1992-1994 - University of Denver/Living Support Network/Mental Health Association of Colorado, Depression Support Group, Director
  • 1992-1994 - Medical and Scientific Board, Psychological Resources Organization, Consultant Member
  • 1991-1994 - Peer Support Program, Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Colorado, Professional Consultant
  • 1987-90 - Committee on Continuing Education, Member, Rhode Island Psychological Association (Chair first RIPA CE training)
  • 1984-87 - Clinical Psychology Student Association; Founder, Founding Co-chair, Steering Committee; Co-chair, 1st annual student conference, 1985

National Organizations:

  • 2014-15 - SAMHSA CIHS Integrated Primary Care Innovation Community
  • 2011-14 - Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) Behavioral health work group, co-author quick guides for physicians: Medicare Reimbursement for Depression Screening and for SBIRT Alcohol Misuse (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment)
  • 1990-1991 - Orange Ribbon national support group for relatives of service people in the Persian Gulf War, Colorado coordinator
  • 1990-1991 - American Psychological Association, Middle East Crisis Psychology Network, Member
  • 1989-1991 - American Psychological Association,
  • APA of Graduate Students: Professional Member, Professional Development Committee, founding member
  • Division 29: Student Development Committee, member and Chair