Biography

Joseph Trombello, Ph.D., ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in adult mood disorders research and psychotherapy, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy. 

Dr. Trombello earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed a research fellowship at UT Southwestern. Board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2015. 

He has supervised and trained doctoral graduate students, medical students, and medical residents to conduct research-based diagnostic assessments and provide psychotherapy.

Dr. Trombello’s research interests include the interplay between mood disorders and intimate relationship functioning and discerning how relationship functioning affects the etiology and treatment of mood and substance use disorders. He has also investigated depression and suicide-related psychometrics and published broadly on outcomes of a behavioral activation teletherapy program that he created and implemented at the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care.  

He is a member of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies and its special interest groups on behavioral medicine in primary care and couples research and therapy.

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Education & Training
  • Graduate School - University of Oxford, Neuroscience
  • Internship - University of Texas at Dallas (2012-2013), Student Counseling Center
  • Graduate School - University of California, Los Angeles (2007-2013), Clinical Psychology
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - UT Southwestern School of Allied Health Professions (2013-2015), Psychiatry
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Psychological Association (2013-2015)
  • Dallas Psychological Association (2015-2016)
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2016)
Honors & Awards
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award 2008-2009, University of California, Los Angeles
  • John F. Santos Award for Distinction in Psychology 2006, University of Notre Dame
  • Clarendon Scholarship 2006-2007, Full tuition and fees for graduate study at the University of Oxford
  • Phi Beta Kappa 2006
  • Beck Institute Student Scholarship 2014
  • International Association for Relationship Research Student Travel Award 2014
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists Credentialing Scholarship 2013
  • University Graduate Fellowship 2007-2008, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2008
  • Graduate Research Mentorship Award 2008-2009, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Chair's Prize 2008, University of California, Los Angeles
Books & Publications
Research
  • Dr. Trombello's research focuses on the interplay between mood disorders and intimate relationship functioning. His work also examines how relationship functioning affects the etiology and treatment of mood and substance use disorders. Finally, he is interested in measurement psychometrics and in analyzing outcomes of the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care's Behavioral Activation teletherapy program.