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Simon Goldberg
Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology

335 Education Building 

1000 Bascom Mall 

University of Wisconsin - Madison 

Madison, WI, 53703 

Simon is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and affiliate faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds. Simon uses tools drawn from psychotherapy research to better understand the therapeutic processes and outcomes of mindfulness and meditation-based interventions. He has collaborated on several randomized trials of contemplative interventions with Center staff and has conducted systematic reviews and meta-analyses of mindfulness-based interventions. 

Simon is also interested in therapist characteristics that relate to patient outcomes in psychotherapy, including interpersonal skills and empathy. Simon has trained clinically in the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system and also conducts research on military veteran mental health. Simon's work has been supported with funding through the Mind & Life Institute and the American Psychological Association's Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29). 


2010 University Fellowship, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Varela Award from Mind & Life (December 2015); Barnett Psychotherapy Research Award from APA Division 29 (August 2015); Howard Award from Society for Psychotherapy Research (June 2015)


Recent Publications

Goldberg, S. B., Simpson, T. L., Lehavot, K., Katon, J. G., Chen, J. A., Glass, J. E., Schnurr, P. P., Sayer, N. A., & Fortney, J. C. (2019). Mental health treatment delay: A comparison among civilians and veterans of different service eras. Psychiatric Servicesdoi:10.1176/

Goldberg, S. B., Wampold, B., Tucker, R., Davidson, R. J., Simpson, T., Kearney, D., & Greene, P. (2018). Mindfulness-based interventions for psychiatric disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 59, 52-60. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2017.10.011 PMCID: PMC5741505

Goldberg, S. B., Wielgosz, J., Dahl, C., Schuyler, B., MacCoon, D. S., Rosenkranz, M., Lutz, A., Sebranek, C. A., & Davidson, R. J. (2016). Does the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire measure what we think it does? Construct validity evidence from an active controlled randomized clinical trial. Psychological Assessment28(8), 1009-14. doi:10.1037/pas0000233 PMCID: PMC4829487

Goldberg, S. B., Rousmaniere, T., Miller, S. D., Whipple, J., Nielsen, S. L., Hoyt, W. T., & Wampold, B. E. (2016). Do psychotherapists improve with time and experience? A longitudinal analysis of outcomes in a clinical setting. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63(1), 1-11. doi:10.1037/cou0000131


B.A., Sociology, Tufts University

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Madison