Dr. Jesse B. Milby


Professor Emeritus

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Jesse MilbyContact Information:

Email: jmilby@uab.edu
Office Phone: (205) 934 8960
Fax: (205) 975 6110


B.A., 1962, Eastern Baptist College, St. Davids, PA
Ph.D., 1968, University of Alabama
Post Doctoral, 1977-78, University of London Institute of Psychiatry Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

Dr. Milby's research focuses on discovery of effective interventions for severe addiction. He is currently conducting his 3rd randomized controlled clinical trial to discover necessary and sufficient conditions for the effective treatment of cocaine dependence in homeless persons. In previous studies his group has developed an intervention which led to 72% abstinence after 2 months of day treatment, and 48% and 39% abstinence at 6 and 12 month follow-up with great reductions in homelessness and increased employment. His most recent study has shown sustained high levels of abstinence, improved employment, and stable housing after 18 months follow-up. His current study adapts his successful treatment model for seriously mentally ill (SMI) homeless persons. Dr. Milby is also an expert on the treatment of opioid addiction via methadone maintenance and the conditions necessary for successful detoxification and drug-free adjustment of methadone maintenance treated patients. As former Chief of the Birmingham VA Psychology Service he has been instrumental in the training of psychologists in multiple medical and mental health settings and for the development of effective treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. He has also conducted research on treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and sleep onset insomnia. Current research and training opportunities with his group: Homeless SMI Project - assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and treatment of cocaine dependent persons; develop program refinements to address associated affective disorders and disruptive behavior patterns, i.e. effective anger management, and re-establishing healthy family relationships; and participation in analysis, interpretation and writing from existing data sets.

Representative Publications:

Burns, M.N., Lehman, K.A., Milby, J. B., Wallace, D., Schumacher, J.E. (2010) Do initial or residual PTSD symptoms predict continued substance use for homeless individuals in treatment for cocaine dependence? Behaviour Research & Therapy.

Milby, J. B., Schumacher, JE, Wallace, D., Vuchinich, R., Mennemeyer, ST, Kertesz, SG. (2010) Effects of Sustained Abstinence Among Treated Substance Abusing Homeless Persons on Stable Housing and Employment. American Journal of Public Health, 100, (5), 913-918.

R. Vuchinich, D. Wallace, Milby, J. B., J. Schumacher, S. Kertesz, and S. Mennemeyer (2009). Relations Between In-treatment and Follow-up Abstinence Among Cocaine-Dependent Homeless Persons in Three Clinical Trials. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 17, 165-172.

Milby, J. B., Schumacher, J.E., Vuchinich, R.E., Freedman, M.J., Kertesz, S. and Wallace, D. (2008) Towards Cost-Effective Initial Care for Substance-Abusing Homeless. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 34, 180-191.

Schumacher, J. E., Milby, J.B., Wallace, D., Meehan, D.C., Kertesz, S., Vuchinich, R., Dunning, J. (2007). Meta-Analysis of Day Treatment and Contingency-Management Dismantling Research: Birmingham Homeless Cocaine Studies (1990-2006). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75 (5), 823-828.