Department of Psychiatry

Meet Our Staff

Carol Podgorski, PhD, MPH, LMFT

Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center

PodgorskyCarol Podgorski is a medical sociologist with master’s degrees in public health and Marriage and Family Therapy. As a faculty member in the University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry she holds the following leadership positions -- Director of the Finger Lakes Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center; Director of Family and Community Programs for the URMC’s Memory Care Program; and Associate Director of the URMC Family Therapy Training Program; and Associate Director of the Senior Health and Research Alliance (SHARE), a partnership between the University of Rochester and Eldersource Care Management Services, Inc. Her research interests include relationships between older adults and their adult children, family therapy in long term care, suicide prevention in senior living communities, and academic-community partnerships. She currently serves as a Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Association-Rochester Chapter and Monroe Community Hospital’s Foundation, as a member of the Monroe County Council for Elders, and as a member of the Caregivers Workgroup of the SAGE Commission.

Lisa Boyle, MD

Medical Director of Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center

BoyleLisa Boyle, MD, MPH, completed her undergraduate and medical school training at theUniversityofWisconsin, followed by general psychiatry residency training at theUniversityofMichigan. She came toRochesterin 2004 to complete a geriatric psychiatry and interdisciplinary geriatric fellowship. She joined faculty at theUniversityofRochesterin 2006 as a Senior Instructor of Psychiatry and NRSA postdoctoral research fellow studying geriatric psychiatry mental health services and collaborating on a project that partnered with local aging services providers to study the prevalence of cognitive impairment and neuropsychiatric symptoms in older adults in the community. She completed her Master's in Public Health at the University of Rochester in 2011. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, the Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship and Education Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Geriatrics Fellowship at theUniversityofRochester. She is one of the providers working in the Memory Care Program and the Medical Director of the Finger Lakes Alzheimer's Disease Center's  program. Dr. Boyle's academic interests are focused on geriatric psychiatry education and training and interdisciplinary models for delivering geriatric mental health care in community settings, including collaborative care models for dementia.

Susan Ruhlin, LMSW

RuhlinSusan Ruhlin has her Master’s Degree in Social Work and has worked at the University of Rochester Medical Center since 1999. She has a diverse and extensive case management background.

Keith Harrington, DMin, MDiv, MSW

HarringtonKeith has held several non-profit leadership positions over a twenty-six year career within the church, health care and academia institutions. Keith’s professional ministry career extends as a denominational executive, pastor and a chaplain at a Cleveland, Ohio hospital system and at Fairport Baptist Home. Keith also served on numerous non-profit community related boards.

After twenty years in ministry related positions, Keith returned full-time to graduate school and obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Roberts Wesleyan College. Prior to joining the staff at the Alzheimer’s Association he was the Director of Social Work Services at the Rochester Presbyterian Home. Keith has been on adjunct faculty at St. John Fisher College teaching sociology and the MSW program at Roberts Wesleyan College. Keith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from SUNY Binghamton. Keith also has a Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University.

Ann Cornell, PsyD

Interdisciplinary Geriatric Medicine Fellow

CornellAnn Cornell, PsyD is a NYS licensed clinical psychologist. She obtained a Bachelors of Arts in psychology at the University of Rochester and completed her doctoral training at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has specialized training in memory disorders, neuropsychological testing, and community mental health. She returned to Rochester in 2009 to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in primary care psychology where she received a certificate in marriage and family therapy with a medical population. Currently she is training as an interdisciplinary geriatric medicine fellow through the division of Geriatrics at Monroe Community Hospital. Dr. Cornell’s interests focus on helping older adults, caregivers, and families cope with a variety of issues including life and role transitions, illness, loss, dementia, and disruptive behaviors.

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