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

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Office: (585) 275-8307

Fax: (585) 271-7706

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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.



PHD | University of Rochester

MS | University of Rochester

Post-doctoral Training & Residency


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

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

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

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

John Baum, MD Lectureship Award
Location: Rochester, NY

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

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

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

1993 - 1994
Leadership Rochester Program
Location: Rochester, NY

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

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

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Journal Articles

Parkhurst KA, Daks JS, Conwell Y, Podgorski CA, Van Orden KA. "Social network subtypes among socially disconnected older adults at risk for suicide: A latent class analysis." Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2022 Jun 23; Epub 2022 Jun 23.

Podgorski CA, Anderson SD, Parmar J. "A Biopsychosocial-Ecological Framework for Family-Framed Dementia Care." Frontiers in psychiatry.. 2021 12:744806. Epub 2021 Dec 17.

Van Orden KA, Bower E, Lutz J, Silva C, Gallegos AM, Podgorski CA, Santos EJ, Conwell Y. "Strategies to Promote Social Connections Among Older Adults During 'Social Distancing' Restrictions." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2020 May 18; Epub 2020 May 18.

Books & Chapters

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 Company 2017 in New York

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 Health 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 Publishing 2017 in New York




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