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Ellen L. Poleshuck, Ph.D.

Ellen L. Poleshuck, Ph.D.


Appointment (585) 275-7604

About Me

Ellen Poleshuck, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology and Academic Chief of the Division of Collaborative Care and Wellness at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She serves as Director of the Program for Mental Health and Gender Wellness in Obstetrics and Gynecology. ...
Ellen Poleshuck, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology and Academic Chief of the Division of Collaborative Care and Wellness at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She serves as Director of the Program for Mental Health and Gender Wellness in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Poleshuck is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified marriage and family therapist. Dr. Poleshuck’s research focuses on the development, evaluation, and implementation of integrated treatments for ob/gyn patients with depression and co-occurring concerns such as pain, intimate partner violence, and unmet social needs.

Faculty Appointments

Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Family/Marriage (SMD)

Professor - Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (SMD) - Joint


Post-doctoral Training & Residency

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Primary Care Family Psychology, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Rochester, New York


PhD | Kent State University. Clinical Psychology. 1998

MA | Kent State University. Clinical Psychology. 1995

BA | Dartmouth College. Religion. 1990


University of Rochester Susan McDaniel Collaborative Care Award. 2020

Nominee for Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award. 2019

Academic Medical Professional Leadership Program for Mid-Career Women, University of Rochester. 2014 - 2015

Leadership in Academic Medicine Development Seminar Series Invitee, University of Rochester. 2013 - 2014

Collier Junior Investigator Research Award, first place. 2006

Collier Junior Investigator Research Award, second place. 2005

Grant-in-Aid of Research; Sigma Xi Scientific Society. 1994

Provost Enhancement Fellow. 1992 - 1994

Dartmouth General Fellowship for Graduate Study. 1992 - 1993

Parkes Prize for Graduate Study in Social Service. 1990

Lawrence Marx Jr. Honor Award. 1990

Tucker Foundation Fellow. 1989

Paleopitis Sophomore Leadership Award. 1988


Clinical Trials

InBloom vs ROSE: Outcomes and Mechanisms

Lead Researcher: Ellen Poleshuck

The purpose of this study is to compare two approaches to delivering an intervention known to reduce postpartum depression (PPD) – in person groups and a mobile app. You must be 20-35 weeks pregnant, be a patient at one of five preidentified doctor's...


Journal Articles

Barriers to accessing care among rural women veterans: A qualitative study with veterans, peer specialists, and primary care professionals.

Poleshuck E, Johnson E, Boykin D, Davis A, Funderburk JS, Hundt N, Cerulli C, Possemato K

Psychological services.. 2024 June 6 Epub 06/06/2024.

Responding flexibly to the complex problem of chronic pelvic pain: Incorporating patient needs into program development.

Kreher DA, Gubbels AL, Eastin S, Lee J, Kranz P, Parker S, Poleshuck E

Families, systems & health : the journal of collaborative family healthcare.. 2023 March 41 (1):85-91. Epub 08/11/2022.

Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration and Care Utilization: Implications for Patient Outcome and Healthcare Resource Use.

Maeng DD, Poleshuck E, Rosenberg T, Kulak A, Mahoney T, Nasra G, Lee HB, Li Y

Journal of general internal medicine.. 2022 August 37 (11):2691-2697. Epub 02/07/2022.

Prevalence of Depression or Anxiety During Antepartum Hospitalizations for Obstetric Complications: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

Toscano M, Royzer R, Castillo D, Li D, Poleshuck E

Obstetrics and gynecology.. 2021 May 1137 (5):881-891. Epub 1900 01 01.

A Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Two Patient-Centered Interventions for Women with Unmet Social Needs: Personalized Support for Progress and Enhanced Screening and Referral.

Poleshuck E, Wittink M, Crean HF, Juskiewicz I, Bell E, Harrington A, Cerulli C

Journal of women's health.. 2020 February 29 (2):242-252. Epub 09/09/2019.

Couple Interventions for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review.

Smith SM, Li R, Wolfe H, Swanger-Gagne MS, Bonham AD, Kreher DA, Poleshuck EL

The Clinical journal of pain.. 2019 November 35 (11):916-922. Epub 1900 01 01.

Resilience in the midst of chaos: Socioecological model applied to women with depressive symptoms and socioeconomic disadvantage.

Poleshuck E, Perez-Diaz W, Wittink M, ReQua M, Harrington A, Katz J, Juskiewicz I, Stone JT, Bell E, Cerulli C

Journal of community psychology.. 2019 June 47 (5):1000-1013. Epub 04/18/2019.

Development of an Innovative Treatment Paradigm for Intimate Partner Violence Victims With Depression and Pain Using Community-Based Participatory Research.

Poleshuck E, Mazzotta C, Resch K, Rogachefsky A, Bellenger K, Raimondi C, Thompson Stone J, Cerulli C

Journal of interpersonal violence.. 2018 September 33 (17):2704-2724. Epub 02/12/2016.

Material Hardship and Mental Health Symptoms Among a Predominantly Low Income Sample of Pregnant Women Seeking Prenatal Care.

Katz J, Crean HF, Cerulli C, Poleshuck EL

Maternal and child health journal.. 2018 September 22 (9):1360-1367. Epub 1900 01 01.

Protocol for the ROSE sustainment (ROSES) study, a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial to determine the minimum necessary intervention to maintain a postpartum depression prevention program in prenatal clinics serving low-income women.

Johnson JE, Wiltsey-Stirman S, Sikorskii A, Miller T, King A, Blume JL, Pham X, Moore Simas TA, Poleshuck E, Weinberg R, Zlotnick C

Implementation science : IS.. 2018 August 2213 (1):115. Epub 08/22/2018.

Reproductive Coercion by Male Sexual Partners: Associations With Partner Violence and College Women's Sexual Health.

Katz J, Poleshuck EL, Beach B, Olin R

Journal of interpersonal violence.. 2017 November 32 (21):3301-3320. Epub 08/05/2015.

Pain self-management training increases self-efficacy, self-management behaviours and pain and depression outcomes.

Damush TM, Kroenke K, Bair MJ, Wu J, Tu W, Krebs EE, Poleshuck E

European journal of pain : EJP.. 2016 August 20 (7):1070-8. Epub 02/05/2016.

Development of an innovative treatment paradigm for intimate partner violence victims with depression and pain using community-based participatory research

Poleshuck, E; Mazzotta, C; Resch, K; Rogachefsky, A; Bellenger, K; Raimondi, C; Thompson Stone, J; Cerulli, C.

Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2016; .

Using patient engagement in the design and rationale of a trial for women with depression in obstetrics and gynecology practices." Contemporary Clinical Trials.

Poleshuck E; Wittink M; Crean H; Gellasch T; Sandler M; Bell E; Juskiewicz I; Cerulli C.

2015; 43(): 83-92.

Randomized controlled trial of interpersonal psychotherapy versus enhanced treatment as usual for women with co-occurring depression and pelvic pain."

Poleshuck EL; Gamble SA; Bellenger K; Lu N; Tu X; Sörensen S; Giles DE; Talbot NL.

Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 2014; 77(4): 264-72.

Psychologists partnering with obstetricians and gynecologists: Meeting the need for patient-centered models of women's health care delivery."

Poleshuck EL; Woods J.

The American Psychologist. 2014; 69(4): 344-54.

Depressive symptoms, pain, chronic medical morbidity, and interleukin-6 among primary care patients."

Poleshuck EL; Talbot NL; Moynihan JA; Chapman BP; Heffner KL.

Pain Medicine. 2013; 14(5): 686-91.

Underserved women in a women's health clinic describe their experiences of depressive symptoms and why they have low uptake of psychotherapy."

Poleshuck EL; Cerrito B; Leshoure N; Finocan-Kaag G; Kearney MH.

Journal of Community Mental Health. 2013; 49(1): 50-60.

Anxiety but not social stressors predict 12-month depression and pain severity."

Bair MJ; Poleshuck EL; Wu J; Krebs EK; Damush TM; Tu W; Kroenke K.

The Clinical Journal of Pain. 2013; 29(2): 95-101.

A pilot study of interpersonal psychotherapy for alcohol-dependent women with co-occurring major depression."

Gamble SA; Talbot NL; Cashman-Brown SM; He H; Poleshuck EL; Connors GJ; Conner KR.

Substance Abuse. 2013; 34(3): 233-41.

What Fresh Hell Is This?" Victims of Intimate Partner Violence Describe Their Experiences of Abuse, Pain, and Depression.

Cerulli C; Poleshuck E; Raimondi C; Veale S; Chin N.

Journal of Family Violence. 2012; 27(8): 773-781.

Domain-specific social functioning improvements during treatment of depressed women with histories of childhood sexual abuse."

Gamble SA; Smith PN; Poleshuck EL; He H; Talbot NL.

Journal of Affective Disorders. 2011; 130(3): 478-82.

Interpersonal psychotherapy for women with comorbid depression and chronic pain.

Poleshuck EL, Talbot NE, Zlotnick C, Gamble SA, Liu X, Tu X, Giles DE

The Journal of nervous and mental disease.. 2010 August 198 (8):597-600. Epub 1900 01 01.

Musculoskeletal Pain and Measures of Depression:

Poleshuck, E.L.; Bair, M.J.; Kroenke, K.; Damush, T.; Krebs, E.; & Giles, D.E.

Response to Comment on the article by Poleshuck et al. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2010; 32(1): 114-115.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Co-occurring Depression and Chronic Pain.

Poleshuck, E.L.; Gamble, S.A.; Cort, N.; Hoffman-King, D.;Cerrito, B.; Rosario-McCabe, L.; Giles, D.E.

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 2010; 41(4): 312-318.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for women with comorbid depression and chronic pain.

Poleshuck, E.L.; Talbot, N.E.; Zlotnick, C.; Gamble, S.A.; Liu, X.; Tu, X.; Giles, D.E.

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 2010; 198(8): 597-600.

Oral Desipramine and Topical Lidocaine for Vulvodynia: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Foster, D.; Kotok, M.; Huang L.; Watts A.; Oakes, D.; Howard, F.; Poleshuck, E.; Stodgell, C.; Dworkin, R.

Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2010; 116(3): 583-593.

Pain and Depression in Gynecology Patients

Poleshuck, E.L.; Bair, M.J.; Kroenke, K.; Watts, A.; Tu, X.; & Giles, D.E.

Psychosomatics. 2009; 50: 270-276.

Pain as a predictor of depression treatment outcomes in women with childhood sexual abuse.

Poleshuck, E.L.; Talbot, N.E.; Su, H.; Tu, X.; Chaudron, L.; Gamble, S.; & Giles, D.E.

Comprehensive Psychiatry. 2009; 50: 215-220.

Psychosocial stress and anxiety in musculoskeletal pain patients with and without depression.

Poleshuck EL, Bair MJ, Kroenke K, Damush TM, Tu W, Wu J, Krebs EE, Giles DE

General hospital psychiatry.. 2009 31 (2):116-22. Epub 11/22/2008.

Socioeconomic disadvantage and pain

Poleshuck, E.L.; & Green, C.

Pain. 2008; 3: 235-238.

Risk factors for chronic pain following breast cancer surgery: a prospective study.

Poleshuck EL, Katz J, Andrus CH, Hogan LA, Jung BF, Kulick DI, Dworkin RH

The journal of pain.. 2006 September 7 (9):626-34. Epub 1900 01 01.

Pain and depressive symptoms among financially disadvantaged women's health patients.

Poleshuck EL, Giles DE, Tu X

Journal of women's health.. 2006 March 15 (2):182-93. Epub 1900 01 01.

Risk factors for acute pain and its persistence following breast cancer surgery.

Katz J, Poleshuck EL, Andrus CH, Hogan LA, Jung BF, Kulick DI, Dworkin RH

Pain.. 2005 December 15119 (1-3):16-25. Epub 11/17/2005.

Contributions of physical and sexual abuse to women's experiences with chronic pelvic pain.

Poleshuck EL, Dworkin RH, Howard FM, Foster DC, Shields CG, Giles DE, Tu X

The Journal of reproductive medicine.. 2005 February 50 (2):91-100. Epub 1900 01 01.

Reproductive Coercion by Male Sexual Partners: Associations with Partner Violence and College Women's Sexual Health.

Katz, J.; Poleshuck, E.L.; Beach, B.; Olin, R.

Journal of Interpersonal Violence (in press). .

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence.

Cort, N.L.; Cerulli, C.; Poleshuck, E.L; Bellenger, K.M.;Tu, X.,;Xia, Y.; Mazzotta, C.M.;Talbot, N.L.

Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy (in press). .

Pain self-management training increases self-efficacy, self-management behaviors, and pain and depression outcomes.

Damush TM, Kroenke K, Bair MJ, Wu J, Tu W, Krebs EE, Poleshuck E.

European Journal of Pain.


The primary care consultant: The next frontier for psychologists in hospitals and clinics (2005)

Chapter: Women's health and the role of primary care psychology.

Authors: Poleshuck, E.L.

Publisher: American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C. 2005

Psychosocial and psychiatric aspects of pain: Handbook for health care providers (2004)

Chapter: Risk factors for chronic pain and their implications for prevention

Authors: Poleshuck, E.L., & Dworkin, R.H.

Publisher: International Association for the Study of Pain Press, Seattle, WA 2004