Michelle Riba, M.D., M.S.

Clinical Professor


Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S., is clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of the PsychOncology Program at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.

Dr. Riba is chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Distress Guidelines. She is past president of the American Psychiatric Association, the Association for Academic Psychiatry, and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and past secretary for Scientific Publications, World Psychiatric Association. As director of the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center PsychOncology Program, Dr. Riba leads a multidisciplinary group of clinicians who care for the emotional needs of cancer patients and their families. Through numerous scientific papers, APA courses, books, and presentations at scientific meetings, she continues to advance the dialogue and research in this important clinical area nationally and internationally.

Areas of Interest

  • Psycho-Oncology
  • Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology - Collaborative Treatment Issues
  • Screening for distress in cancer patients
  • Melanoma- psychiatric issues related to treatments for melanoma
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation - screening for distress
  • Guidelines for (1) distress and (2) delivering bad news - National Comprehensive Cancer Center Network


  • University of Connecticut Psychiatry Residency, Farmington, CT; 1985-1989
  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT; M.D. - 1985
  • St. John's University, Jamaica, NY; M.S., Organic Chemistry -1973
  • Queens College, Flushing, NY ; B.A. Chemistry - 1970

Published Articles or Reviews