Dr. Verena Roberts
Idaho State University Family Medicine Residency
Dr. Verena Roberts is the Behavioral Science Director and ID-PIC Site Director at the Idaho State University (ISU) Family Medicine Residency. As a Clinical Professor for ISU, she is primarily involved in family medicine resident and psychology intern/student education. She also sees patients through the clinic site at Health West ISU. She received her Ph.D. from Idaho State University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in integrated primary care/health psychology through the Colorado Health Foundation. She then worked for Denver Health and Kaiser Permanente for several years developing integrated behavioral health programs in several clinics across the Denver area before returning to Idaho. Dr. Roberts currently primarily works with adults and geriatrics and sees a variety of concerns including anxiety, mood, and psychotic disorders as well as interpersonal issues, adjustment to medical diagnoses and other health related difficulties. Dr. Roberts also supervises psychological evaluations for diagnostic purposes, including evaluations for mood, anxiety, attention-related, and personality disorders as well as cognitive, ADHD and learning disability related concerns. Her therapy style is solution-focused and skills-building oriented. She applies a variety of theoretical orientations including cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and emotion-focused therapy. She thrives to provide a welcoming and accepting environment for her patients as well as trainees. Dr. Roberts is a first generation immigrant from Germany. She has a particular interest in rural mental health as well as the interface of mental health and the law. Dr. Roberts has a passion for teaching psychologists and physicians in training. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with her husband, good food, and riding her horses.