Skip to main content
Explore URMC

URMC Logo

menu

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

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-8307

Fax: (585) 271-7706

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Biography

Professional Background

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.

Credentials

Education

1985
MPH | Univ Rochester Sch Med/Dent
Public Health

1990
PhD | University of Rochester
Sociology

1980
BA | University of Rochester
Sociology/Psychology

2005
MS | University of Rochester - School of Medicine & Dentistry
Marriage & Family Therapy

Awards

2015
Pieter leRoux Excellence in Supervision Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Family Therapy Training Program
Location: Rochester, NY

2014
The Outstanding Graduate Program Director Award
Sponsor: Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs
Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

2014
Susan H. McDaniel Excellence in Teaching Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Family Therapy Training Program
Location: Rochester, NY

2013
Outstanding Mentor Award
Sponsor: New York State Division of Marriage and Family Therapy
Location: New York, NY

2008
John Baum, MD Lectureship Award
Location: Rochester, NY

2008
Susan H. McDaniel Excellence in Teaching Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Family Therapy Training Program
Location: Rochester, NY

2005
Innovations in Prevention Award
Sponsor: DHHS
Location: Washington, DC

2002
Athena Award Nominee
Sponsor: Women's Council of Rochester Chamber of Commerce
Location: Rochester, NY

1993 - 1994
Leadership Rochester Program
Location: Rochester, NY

1986
Center on Aging Summer Fellowship, University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

1980 - 1986
University of Rochester Graduate Fellowship
Location: Rochester, NY

1976 - 1980
University of Rochester Prize Scholarship
Location: Rochester, NY

1976
Bausch and Lomb Science Award
Sponsor: Bausch and Lomb
Location: Rochester, NY

VIEW ALL expand_more

Publications

Journal Articles

10/2015
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 0; 30(10):1085-92. Epub 2015 Feb 06.

2011
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; .

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; .

Books & Chapters

2017
Chapter Title: "Family intervention and therapy with older adults".
Book Title: Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry
Author List: Podgorski CA; DeCaporale-Ryan L; Cornell AE; King DA
Edited By: Ruiz, P; Sadock, VA; Sadock BJ
Published By: Wolters Kluwer Health2017

2017
Chapter Title: Neurocognitive Disorders: Systemic Functionality and Interconnectedness
Book Title: DSM-5 and Family Systems: An Applied Approach
Author List: Podgorski, C.
Edited By: Russo, J; Coker, JK; King, JH
Published By: Springer Publishing2017 in New York

2017
Chapter Title: Assessing Needs of Family Caregivers
Book Title: The Encyclopedia of Elder Care
Author List: Podgorski, C & Cornell, A
Edited By: Capezuti EA:
Published By: Springer Publishing Company2017 in New York

VIEW ALL PUBLICATIONS

Videos

play_circle_filled

Heartache: When Holidays Hurt