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Paul Duberstein, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-6742

Fax: (585) 273-1082



My research aims to improve the lives of older adults and their family caregivers. As a clinical-community psychologist, I have longstanding interests in translational research ("giving psychology away") and in mitigating health disparities related to race and socioeconomic disadvantage.

Over the last 25 years at URMC, I have conducted both observational and intervention research. The observational studies have examined the implications of personality and social processes for clinically important outcomes, such as mood disorders, suicidal behavior, Alzheimer's Disease, and longevity. The intervention research aims to improve health outcomes using nonpharmacological approaches (e.g., psychotherapies) and by modifying the way patients and clinicians interact about challenging topics (e.g., cancer treatment, depression, suicide) at the point-of-care. I am particularly interested in individuals who have multiple chronic diseases and those who have advanced, life-limiting disease.

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.


Faculty Appointments


BA | Univ of Pennsylvania

PhD | SUNY Buffalo
Clinical and Community Psychology


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

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

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

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

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Journal Articles

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.. 2017 Nov 17; :JCO2017756288. Epub 2017 Nov 17.

Perry LM, Hoerger M, Silberstein J, Sartor O, Duberstein P. "Understanding the Distressed Prostate Cancer Patient: Role of Personality." Psycho-oncology.. 2017 Nov 10; Epub 2017 Nov 10.

Gramling R, Stanek S, Han PKJ, Duberstein P, Quill TE, Temel JS, Alexander SC, Anderson WG, Ladwig S, Norton SA. "Distress Due to Prognostic Uncertainty in Palliative Care: Frequency, Distribution, and Outcomes among Hospitalized Patients with Advanced Cancer." Journal of palliative medicine.. 2017 Sep 18; Epub 2017 Sep 18.

Books & Chapters

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

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

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