Project Rose

The Team

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For over a decade, the principal investigators of this study, Dr. Ellen Poleshuck and Dr. Catherine Cerulli, have worked with vulnerable women experiencing depression, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), chronic pain, and other concerns. Their joint commitment to helping women who struggle with complex health and social adversities provides the foundation for this project.

Investigators and Staff

Dr. Ellen Poleshuck, PhD (Principal Investigator) is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and serves as director of the Women’s Behavioral Health Service.  Dr. Poleshuck is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified marriage and family therapist. Dr. Poleshuck’s research, teaching, and practice all focus on addressing the mental health needs of underserved women and families who present for care in obstetrics and gynecology practices.  Many of the patients she treats are struggling to cope with women’s health related concerns, including chronic pain, difficulties during pregnancy and the postpartum period, infertility, pregnancy loss, and trauma experience.  She also provides clinical supervision to psychology and marriage and family therapy trainees.  She has published widely, and presented her work at scientific conferences nationally and internationally.

Dr. Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator) is the founder and director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization, as well as director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership at the University of Rochester.  NIMH awarded her a five-year grant to implement a trial study in Family Court to assess whether enhanced mental health services enable intimate partner violence victims to better navigate safety. She was also a co-principal investigator on a NIJ award to assess whether victim participation in prosecution impacts subsequent safety.  She is currently working with the National Domestic Violence Hotline to explore the intersection between suicide and intimate partner violence.

Dr. Iwona Grzela-Juskiewicz, MD (Health Project Coordinator) has extensive experience in intervention research, including community-based relaxation interventions, data collection and simple analysis, and project coordination involving older adults, patients with end stage disease, psoriasis, and cancer. She earned her MD from Pomeranian Medical University, Szczecin, Poland, and this background helps her better understand both the science behind Project ROSE and patients and their comorbidities. She is currently working on her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Rochester.