Carol A. Podgorski, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Carol A. Podgorski, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-8307

Professional Bio

Carol Podgorski, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry housed within the department's Institute for the Family. She received a PhD in sociology and master's degrees in public health and marriage and family therapy. She holds the following positions within the URMC: Director of the Finger Lakes Center of Excellence in Alzheimer's Disease, Co-Director of the Family Therapy Training Program, Clinic Director of the UR Medicine Memory Care Program, and Associate Director of the Office for Aging Research and Health Services. She provides patient care in the department's Family Therapy Services clinic, in the Memory Care Program, and at Monroe Community Hospital.

She is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Gerontological Society of America, the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment, the Monroe Community Hospital Foundation Board, the Monroe County Council for Elders, and the Medical/Scientific Advisory Committee of the Rochester/Finger Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. She has held leadership positions in multiple organizations and currently serves as the President of New York State Division of AAMFT. Her academic interests include family therapy and dementia, delivery of dementia care for families, family therapy in long term care, and academic-community partnerships to improve care for older adults.

Awards & Honors (National)

Bausch and Lomb Science Award | Bausch and Lomb | Rochester, NY 1976

Awards & Honors (Local)

John Baum, MD Lectureship Award | Rochester, NY 2008
Susan H. McDaniel Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Rochester Family Therapy Training Program | Rochester, NY 2008
Innovations in Prevention Award | DHHS | Washington, DC 2005
Athena Award Nominee, Women's Council of Rochester Chamber of Commerce | Rochester, NY 2002
Leadership Rochester Program | Rochester, NY 1993 - 1994
Center on Aging Summer Fellowship, University of Rochester | Rochester, NY 1986
University of Rochester Graduate Fellowship | Rochester, NY 1980 - 1986
University of Rochester Prize Scholarship | Rochester, NY 1976 - 1980

Recent Journal Articles

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2015 Oct
Van Orden KA, Li Y, Podgorski CA, Conwell Y. "The association between higher social support and lower depressive symptoms among aging services clients is attenuated at higher levels of functional impairment." International journal of geriatric psychiatry. 2015 Oct; 30(10):1085-92. Epub 2015 Feb 06.
LeRoux, P.; Podgorski, C.; Rosenberg, T.; Watson, W.; McDaniel, S.H. "Towards an Outcome-Based Assessment of Clinical Readiness for Marriage and Family Therapy Training: the Development of the Rochester Objective Structural Clinical Evaluation (ROSCE)". Family Process. 2011; .
Richardson, T.M.; Know, K.; Friedman, B.; Fisher, S.; He, H.; Podgorski, C.; Conwell, Y. "Depression and its correlates among older adults accessing aging services". American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2011; .
2010 May 18
Podgorski CA, Langford L, Pearson JL, Conwell Y. "Suicide prevention for older adults in residential communities: implications for policy and practice." PLoS medicine. 2010 May 18; 7(5):e1000254. Epub 2010 May 18.
Simning A., Richardson TM, Friedman B, Boyle LL, Podgorski, C., Conwell Y. "Mental distress and service utilization among help-seeing, community-dwelling ol". International Psychogeriatrics. 2010; 22(5): 739-749.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Psychiatry (SMD) - Primary


MS | Marriage & Family Therapy | University of Rochester - School of Medicine & Dentistry2005
PhD | Sociology | University of Rochester1990
MPH | Public Health | Univ Rochester Sch Med/Dent1985
BA | Sociology/Psychology | University of Rochester1980