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Michael J. Hasselberg, M.S., Ph.D.

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 276-3000

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

  • Assistant Professor - Department of Psychiatry , Geriatric/Psychiatry (SMD)
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing - Department of Nursing (SON) - Joint


Professional Background

Michael J. Hasselberg, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Nursing at the University of Rochester. Dr. Hasselberg received his PhD degree in Health Practice Research in 2013. Dr. Hasselberg is also a graduate of The Academy for Healthcare Leadership Advancement through the Healthcare Association of New York State and the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, and is the Director of UR Medicine Telepsychiatry Program, and the UR Project ECHO. He has been recently been appointed the behavioral health lead for the UR Medicine Health Lab. The Health Lab is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the University of Rochester Medical Center and the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, that brings together clinicians, researchers, computer and data scientists, and engineers from across the University to build new technologies and systems that leverage cloud-based computing and analytics, multifunction sensors, 3D imaging and modeling, point of care diagnostics, machine learning, and virtual and augmented reality technologies to navigate and overcome the challenges in medicine. Dr. Hasselberg has a special interest in leveraging technology to deliver high quality, evidence-based care to adults with mental health conditions and the transformation of health care delivery systems from volume to value.


The adult population is growing dramatically, as is the number of individuals with mental illness, dementia, and other serious illnesses. These disorders represent significant public health challenges through impaired quality of life, significant morbidity and mortality, and increased health care utilization and costs. But at present, access to specialists is limited, and most late life specialty care is provided by primary care and long-term care providers too often inadequately prepared for the role. Patients and families therefore struggle, as critical medical and support needs invariably go unrecognized and unmet. New data streams and technological advances provide caregivers with unprecedented insight into behaviors and disease, while increasing access to specialty care. During his PhD dissertation work, Dr. Hasselberg was successful in utilizing innovative physiological sensors to measure and improve understanding of circadian biomarkers in Alzheimer's disease. While his early work as faculty was in the field of applying technology to provide community-based clinicians with skills and knowledge to treat complex patients within their own practices, the Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO®) aims to improve health outcomes while also improving the health care experience of patients and families (who prefer to receive care in the communities where they live, from providers they know and trust) and reducing the cost of care through a shared knowledge, multidisciplinary team-based approach. Dr. Hasselberg leads Project ECHO® at UR Medicine, which is the first ECHO® in New York State. The primary objective has been the establishment and demonstration of TeleECHO® clinics connecting "hub" UR Medicine specialists (an interdisciplinary team consisting of psychiatry, geriatrics, nursing, social work, psychology, and pharmacy) with "satellite" PC practice sites across NYS using videoconferencing technology. To date ECHO® has partnered with satellite sites (skilled nursing facilities, independent medical practices, health systems, accountable care organizations, federally qualified health centers, rural health networks, and county agencies) serving adults across New York State. To increase direct behavioral health care to patients, Dr. Hasselberg has leveraged technology to develop the first telemedicine program within the University of Rochester, Department of Psychiatry. He has now partnered to computer and data science experts within in the UR Medicine Health Lab to develop a computerized, mobile app-based, cognitive behavioral therapy platform.



  • Nurse Practitioner-Psychiatric/Mental Health - American Nurses Credentialing Center


BS | Binghamton University School of Nursing

MS | University of Rochester School of Nursing

PhD | University of Rochester School of Nursing


Nursing Leadership Showcase, Robert Wood Johnson's New Careers in Nursing
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

Dissertation Award
Sponsor: Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing, Epsilon Xi
Location: Rochester, NY

2012 - 2013
Jill Thayer Research Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

2010 - 2012
T.C and Pamela McQuilkin Lewis Endowed Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

2007 - 2008
Janssen Student Scholarship
Sponsor: American Psychiatric Nurses Association

2007 - 2008
Louise Wilson Haller Memorial Prize
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

Air Force Nursing Excellence Award
Sponsor: Binghamton University
Location: Binghamton, NY

Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society Inductee
Sponsor: Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society
Location: Binghamton, NY

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Journal Articles

Temkin-Greener H, Campbell L, Cai X, Hasselberg MJ, Li Y. "Are Post-Acute Patients with Behavioral Health Disorders Admitted to Lower-Quality Nursing Homes?" The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2018 Jun 0; 26(6):643-654. Epub 2018 Feb 28.

Fisher E, Hasselberg M, Conwell Y, Weiss L, Padrón NA, Tiernan E, Karuza J, Donath J, Pagán JA. "Telementoring Primary Care Clinicians to Improve Geriatric Mental Health Care." Population health management.. 2017 Oct 0; 20(5):342-347. Epub 2017 Jan 20.

Raney L, Bergman D, Torous J, Hasselberg M. "Digitally Driven Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health: How Technology Can Expand Access to Effective Treatment." Current psychiatry reports.. 2017 Sep 30; 19(11):86. Epub 2017 Sep 30.