Bruce Rybarczyk, Ph.D., in front of greenery

Bruce Rybarczyk, Ph.D.


(804) 828-1675

White House, 806 W. Franklin St., Room 202

Clinical Psychology




  • Ph.D.: Virginia Commonwealth University, 1988

Research Interests

Dr. Bruce Rybarczyk's research focus throughout his career has been on understanding and facilitating the psychological adaptation to chronic medical illness and disability. Their work has covered several areas: examining psychological adjustment to amputation, heart transplant and stroke; designing and testing coping enhancement and wellness interventions for older medical patients; testing home and classroom cognitive-behavioral treatments for medical patients with co-morbid insomnia; and, most recently, testing brief interventions that can be administered by psychologists in the primary care setting. Rybarczyk's clinical interests include clinical health psychology, behavioral sleep medicine, primary care psychology, and clinical geropsychology. Rybarczyk is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia.

Select Publications

  • Vitiello, M. V., McCurry, S. M., Shortreed, S. M., Balderson, B. H., Baker, L. D., Rybarczyk, B., Keefe, F. J., & Von Korff, M. (2014). Short-term Improvement in insomnia symptoms predicts long-term improvements in sleep, pain, and fatigue in older adults with co-morbid osteoarthritis and insomnia. Pain, 155, 1547-1554.
  • Rybarczyk, B., Lund, H. G., Garroway, A., & Mack, L. (2013). Overview of CBT for insomnia in older adults: Methods, outcomes and dissemination. Clinical Gerontologist, 36, 70-93.
  • Margolies, S. O., Rybarczyk, B., Vrana, S., Lynch, J., & Leszczyszyn, D. (2013). Efficacy of a cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia among Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF) veterans with PTSD. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 1026–1042.
  • Shamaskin, A. M. Rybarczyk, B., Wang, E., White-Williams, C., McGee, E., Cotts, W., & Grady, K. L. (2012). Older patients (Age 65+) report better quality of life, psychological adjustment and adherence than younger patients 5 years post-heart transplant: A multi-site study. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 31, 478-484.
  • Rybarczyk, B., Mack, L., Huang Harris, J., & Stepanski, E. (2011). Testing two self-help CBT interventions for older adults with insomnia comorbid with arthritis or coronary artery disease. Rehabilitation Psychology, 56, 257-266.


  • Clinical Applications of Health Psychology, graduate level
  • Grant Writing, graduate level
  • Introduction to Clinical Interviewing, graduate level
  • Introduction to the Helping Relationship, undergraduate level


  • Associate Editor, Journal of Clinical Psychology
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 22
  • Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology (Rehabilitation Psychology)