David Adler, MD

David Adler, MD

Psychiatry Boston, MA

Professor, Psychiatry and Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine

Office Address

  • Tufts-New England Medical Center, 800 Washington St.
    Boston, MA 02111
    Phone: (617) 636-8755
    Fax: (617) 636-8351

David Adler, MD

Psychiatry Boston, MA

Professor, Psychiatry and Medicine, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Psychiatry: General Psychiatry
  • Clinical Interests: Psychiatry; Primary Health Care; Professional-Patient Relations; Psychological Stress; Counseling; Personality Disorders; Pharmacists; Mental Health Services

Education & Medical Training

  • Mass Mental Health Center
  • University of Rochester
  • Yale University School of MedicineYale University School of Medicine

Certifications & Licensure

  • MA State Medical LicenseMA State Medical License1974 - 2015
  • American Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyPsychiatry, 1977

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Best Doctors in America2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Best of Boston PhysiciansBoston Magazine, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Excellence in Resident’s Teaching AwardDepartment of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), 2010-2011

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Impact of a Work-Focused Intervention on the Productivity and Symptoms of Employees with Depression  Lerner D, Adler DA, Hermann RC, Chang H, et al, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 1/1/2012
  • Psychiatrists’ Knowledge of Their Patients’ Job Functioning  Adler DA, and the GAP Psychopathology Committee, Psychiatric Services, 1/1/2013
  • Diagnostic Accuracy of the Primary Care Screener for Affective Disorder (PC-SAD) in Primary Care  Picardi A, Adler DA, Rogers WH,Lega I, Zerella MP, Matteucci G, Tarsitani L, Caredda M, Gigantesco A, Biondi M, and the SET-DEP Group, Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, 1/1/2013

Books/Book Chapters

  • Handbook of Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health Chapter: Chapter 6: Depression and Work Performance: The Work and Health Initiative Study Page 103 - 120
    Lerner D, Adler DA, Hermann RC, Rogers WH, Chang H, Thomas P, Greenhill A and Perch K
    Editors: Schultz IZ and Rogers ES.Springer Press
  • Screening for Depression in Clinical Practice: An Evidence-Based Guide Chapter: Technological Approaches to Screening and Case Finding for Depression Page 143 - 159
    Rogers WH, Lerner D, Adler DA
    Editors: Mitchell AJ, Coyne JC.Oxford University Press, NY
  • Outcomes Assessment in Clinical Practice: Functioning, Satisfaction, Symptoms Chapter: Outcomes Management Strategies in Mental Health: Applications and Implications for Clinical Practice 
    Dorwart R, Adler DA et al
    Editors: Sederer L and Dickey B.Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD


  • The Influence of Age on Antidepressant Use by Primary Care Patients (Poster Presentation) Bungay KM, Adler DA et al, American Association for Geriatrics Psychiatry’s 2006 Annual Meeting, Exploring a New World: Current Research, Future Impact, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 3/10/2006
  • Components of a Clinical Pharmacist Intervention Administered to Primary Care Patients with Depression Bungay KM, Adler D et al, Abstract Book of 15th Biennial International Conference on MH Services Research, Washington, DC, 1/1/2002
  • Special Report: Issues in Managed Care: Highlights of the 1995 Institute on Psychiatric Services Adler DA, Psychiatric Services, 1/1/1996


  • Measuring and Managing Depression in Primary Care Westport, MA - 4/8/2014
  • Be Well at Work Boston, MA - 12/10/2013
  • Work and Health Initiative Webinar Boston, MA - 12/5/2013


  • Improving the Quality of Depression in Primary Care Adler DA, Monitor

Grant Support

  • Preventing Mid and Later Life Work Limitations: Community Based Depression CareNational Institute of Aging
    2009 - Present
  • Explaining Disparities in the Care of Older PatientsNational Institute of Aging
    2004 - 2008
  • Promoting Mental Health in the WorkplaceCenter for Disease Control
    2004 - 2007
  • Depression and Productive Work ActivityNational Institute of Mental Health
    2000 - 2004
  • Improving Depression Treatment/Outcomes In Primary CareNational Institute Of Mental Health
    1997 - 2001

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Hospital Affiliations

Insurance Accepted

  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Massachusetts Blue Care Elect PPO
  • Tufts Health Plan PPO
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