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Paul Duberstein, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-6742

Fax: (585) 273-1082

Biography

Research

As a clinical-community psychologist, I am interested in translational research ('giving psychology away' to improve public health) and in mitigating health disparities related to race and socioeconomic disadvantage.

I conduct both observational and intervention research. The observational studies have examined psychosocial predictors (e.g., personality, social support) of clinically important outcomes, such as mood disorders, suicidal behavior, Alzheimer's Disease, and longevity. In addition to collaborating on psychotherapy studies (e.g., depression in women with histories of sexual abuse, suicide risk in older men), I have collaborated on studies that have examined the effects of interventions to modify the way patients and clinicians interact about challenging topics (e.g., cancer treatment, depression, suicide) at the point-of-care.

I am currently the Director of Research in the Division of Palliative Care (Dept. of Medicine). My recent scholarship aims to improve care of individuals who have advanced, life-limiting disease and their caregivers. I provide mentorship and consultation to undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. In addition to mentoring Rochester-based faculty, I have mentored faculty from other institutions. My mentoring successes were recognized at the 2005 Opening Convocation of the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, where I received the Junior Faculty Mentoring Award.

I have served as Associate Editor (2007-2009; 2013-2016) and Interim Editor (2010-2012) of the American Psychological Association's flagship aging journal, Psychology and Aging. My collaborative research projects have been funded by a number of public and private sources, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly HCFA), the US Department of Defense, the Fogarty Institute, the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. In addition to my faculty appointments at the URMC, I have a longstanding affiliation with Göteborg University's Neuroepidemiology Program.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

1982
BA | Univ of Pennsylvania
Psychology

1990
PhD | SUNY Buffalo
Clinical and Community Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

1990 - 1993
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD), National Research Service Award, Department of Psychiatry

Awards

2006
Award of Special Recognition
Location: The Outreach Community Center (Rochester, NY)

2005
Junior Faculty Mentoring Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

2005
American Psychological Foundation Theodore Millon Award for Advancing the Science of Personality Psychology
Sponsor: Division 12 (Clinical) of the American Psychological Association

2000
American Association of Suicidology Shneidman Award for Early Career Contributions to Suicide Research
Sponsor: American Association of Suicidology

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Publications

Journal Articles

2/2018
Wittink MN, Walsh P, Yilmaz S, Mendoza M, Street RL, Chapman BP, Duberstein P. "Patient priorities and the doorknob phenomenon in primary care: Can technology improve disclosure of patient stressors?" Patient education and counseling.. 2018 Feb 0; 101(2):214-220. Epub 2017 Aug 08.

1/20/2018
Fenton JJ, Duberstein PR, Kravitz RL, Xing G, Tancredi DJ, Fiscella K, Mohile S, Epstein RM. "Impact of Prognostic Discussions on the Patient-Physician Relationship: Prospective Cohort Study." Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.. 2018 Jan 20; 36(3):225-230. Epub 2017 Nov 17.

1/16/2018
Wiktorsson S, Rydberg Sterner T, Mellqvist Fässberg M, Skoog I, Ingeborg Berg A, Duberstein P, Van Orden K, Waern M. "Few Sex Differences in Hospitalized Suicide Attempters Aged 70 and Above." International journal of environmental research and public health.. 2018 Jan 16; 15(1)Epub 2018 Jan 16.

Books & Chapters

2004
Chapter Title: Psychotherapy. In A.J. Christensen, R. Martin & J.M. Smyth (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Health Psychology (pp.230-232).
Book Title: Psychotherapy.
Author List: Duberstein, P.R., & Talbot
Published By: New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers2004

2004
Chapter Title: Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. (pp.229-230) New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. (Also wrote entries on Conversion hysteria and Psychogenic illness)
Book Title: Duberstein, P.R. (2004). Psychosomatic medicine. In A.J. Christensen, R. Martin & J.M. Smyth (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. (pp.229-230)
Author List: Duberstein, P.R.
Published By: New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers2004

2003
Chapter Title: Directions in Psychiatry. Long Island City, NY: The Hatherleigh Company. (2000). Suicide. In S.K. Whitbourne (Ed.), Psychopathology in later life
Book Title: Human ecology: An encyclopedia of children, families, communities, and environments.
Author List: In J.M. Miller, R.M. Lerner, L.B. Schiamberg, & P.M. Anderson,
Published By: John Wiley and Sons.2003

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