Mark T. Hegel, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

Community and Family Medicine
The Dartmouth Institute

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA - PhD 1988
University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT - MA 1982
Assumption College, Worcester, MA - BS 1979

New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center

Contact Information:

Department of Psychiatry
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon NH 03756

Office: DHMC Lebanon, NH
Phone: 603-650-7539

Assistant: Maureen Ostertag
Asst. Phone: 603-650-6188
Asst. Email:

Professional Interests:

Behavioral health services in medical patients; Electronic tools for delivery of behavioral health interventions

Grant Information:

Principal Investigator: NCI, “Participation Restrictions in Young-Middle Adult Rural Breast Cancer Survivors” (R21CA140849) (4/1/10-3/31/12), $250,000 TDC.

Principal Investigator: Johnson & Johnson, Inc., “Development and Evaluation of Enhanced HealthMedia® OVERCOMING™ Depression to Support Collaborative Depression Treatment in Primary Care: The RESPECT-D-E (Enhanced) Trial” (4/1/10-3/31/13), $689,214 TDC.

Co-Investigator: NINR “Early vs. Later Palliative Cancer Care: Clinical and Biobehavioral Effects”(R01NR011871-01). PI:Marie Bakitas, Dartmouth Medical School (10/1/09-9/30/12).

Consultant: NIMH, “Telehealth Problem Solving Therapy for Depressed Homebound Adults” (R34) PI: Namkee Choi, University of Texas at Austin (4/1/09-3/31/11).

Consultant: NIA, “Improving Care Planning and Well-being in Older Adults with Macular Degeneration” (R01AG00280422). PI: Silvia Sorensen, University of Rochester (7/09-6/14) $1,827,976 TDC

Consultant: NIMH, “Treating Subthreshold Depression in Geriatric Vision Rehabilitation”(R34MH079980). PI: Amy Horowitz, Mt Sinai School of Medicine (9/1/09-8/31/11)

Principal Investigator: Cancer and Leukemia Group B Foundation, “Feasibility of a Phone-Delivered Behavioral Activation/Problem Solving Intervention to Enhance Role Function Recovery and QOL in ‘At-Risk’ Breast Cancer Patients Following Cancer Treatment” (70804) (2008-2010), $25,000 TDC.

Co-Investigator: NEI, “Low Vision Depression Prevention Trial for Age Related Macular Degeneration” (U01 EY018819-01). PI: Barry Rovner, Thomas Jefferson University (1/1/09-12/31/13).

Principal Investigator: NCI, “Preserving Function in Rural Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy” (1R03CA124200-01) (9/1/06 – 8/31/08).

Principal Investigator: NCI, “Improving Palliative Care for Patients with Cancer” (R01CA101704) (4/1/06-6/30/08).

Co-Investigator: NCI, “Cancer Patients’ Assessments Regarding Excellence (CARE)”. PI: Joan Teno, Brown University (4/1/06-6/30/07).

Co-Investigator: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Program, "Managing Depression in Mothers of Head Start Preschoolers". PI: Michael Silverstein, Boston University (1/06-12/10).

Co-Investigator: NEI, “Improving Function in Age Related Macular Degeneration”; PI: Barry Rovner, Thomas Jefferson University (10/05-9/10).

Co-Investigator: NSBRI, “Development of a Smart Medical System for Psychosocial Support During Long Duration Space Flight”; PI: James Carter, Harvard Medical School (1/05-12/07).

Courses Taught:

Family Practice Clerkship Facilitator (DMS III and IV)
Health, Society and the Physician (DMS IV)

Selected Publications:


Autonomous, Computer-Based Behavioral Health Countermeasure Evaluation at HI-SEAS Mars Analog.
Anderson AP, Fellows AM, Binsted KA, Hegel MT, Buckey JC
Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2016;87(11):912-920.
PMID: 27779949

Depression in Visual Impairment Trial (DEPVIT): A Randomized Clinical Trial of Depression Treatments in People With Low Vision.
Nollett CL, Bray N, Bunce C, Casten RJ, Edwards RT, Hegel MT, Janikoun S, Jumbe SE, Ryan B, Shearn J, Smith DJ, Stanford M, Xing W, Margrain TH
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016 Aug 1;57(10):4247-54. doi: 10.1167/iovs.16-19345.
PMID: 27548898

Cognitive and Affective Representations of Active Surveillance as a Treatment Option for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer.
Lyons KD, Li HH, Mader EM, Stewart TM, Morley CP, Formica MK, Perrapato SD, Seigne JD, Hyams ES, Irwin BH, Mosher T, Hegel MT
Am J Mens Health. 2016 Jun 29; pii: 1557988316657041. Epub 2016 Jun 29.
PMID: 27365211

High Prevalence of Untreated Depression in Patients Accessing Low-Vision Services.
Nollett CL, Bray N, Bunce C, Casten RJ, Edwards RT, Hegel MT, Janikoun S, Jumbe SE, Ryan B, Shearn J, Smith DJ, Stanford M, Xing W, Margrain TH
Ophthalmology. 2016 Feb;123(2):440-1. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.07.009. Epub 2015 Aug 13.
PMID: 26278862

The macular degeneration and aging study: Design and research protocol of a randomized trial for a psychosocial intervention with macular degeneration patients.
Sorensen S, White K, Mak W, Zanibbi K, Tang W, O'Hearn A, Hegel MT
Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 May;42:68-77. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2015.03.007. Epub 2015 Mar 24.
PMID: 25812482

Early Versus Delayed Initiation of Concurrent Palliative Oncology Care: Patient Outcomes in the ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial.
Bakitas MA, Tosteson TD, Li Z, Lyons KD, Hull JG, Li Z, Dionne-Odom JN, Frost J, Dragnev KH, Hegel MT, Azuero A, Ahles TA
J Clin Oncol. 2015 May 1;33(13):1438-45. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.58.6362. Epub 2015 Mar 23.
PMID: 25800768

Benefits of Early Versus Delayed Palliative Care to Informal Family Caregivers of Patients With Advanced Cancer: Outcomes From the ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial.
Dionne-Odom JN, Azuero A, Lyons KD, Hull JG, Tosteson T, Li Z, Li Z, Frost J, Dragnev KH, Akyar I, Hegel MT, Bakitas MA
J Clin Oncol. 2015 May 1;33(13):1446-52. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.58.7824. Epub 2015 Mar 23.
PMID: 25800762

Development and initial evaluation of a telephone-delivered, behavioral activation, and problem-solving treatment program to address functional goals of breast cancer survivors.
Lyons KD, Hull JG, Kaufman PA, Li Z, Seville JL, Ahles TA, Kornblith AB, Hegel MT
J Psychosoc Oncol. 2015;33(2):199-218. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2014.1002659. Epub 2015 Feb 10.
PMID: 25668509

Low vision depression prevention trial in age-related macular degeneration: a randomized clinical trial.
Rovner BW, Casten RJ, Hegel MT, Massof RW, Leiby BE, Ho AC, Tasman WS
Ophthalmology. 2014 Nov;121(11):2204-11. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2014.05.002. Epub 2014 Jul 9.
PMID: 25016366

Feasibility study of an interactive multimedia electronic problem solving treatment program for depression: a preliminary uncontrolled trial.
Berman MI, Buckey JC Jr, Hull JG, Linardatos E, Song SL, McLellan RK, Hegel MT
Behav Ther. 2014 May;45(3):358-75. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2014.02.001. Epub 2014 Feb 7.
PMID: 24680231