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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 Professor and Associate Chair of Faculty Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry. She received a PhD in sociology and master's degrees in public health and marriage and family therapy from the University of Rochester. She holds the following positions within the URMC: Director of the Finger Lakes Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease, Clinic Director of the UR Medicine Memory Care Program, Psychiatry Department Discipline Chief for Marriage and Family Therapy, Director of Alzheimer’s Disease Support Programs for the University of Rochester Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, and Co-Leader of the Vital Living Core of the University of Rochester Institute on Aging. She provides patient care in the UR Medicine Memory Care Program and in the University Mental Health Practice. She is a member, Clinical Fellow, and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a member and Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a member of the Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment, a member of the Monroe Community Hospital Foundation Board, a member of the Monroe County Council for Elders, and serves on 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 AAMFT-NY Leader of Family Therapy Education and Advocacy Movement (Family TEAM). Her academic interests include medical family therapy approaches to caregiving, and development of family systems-oriented models of patient- and family-centered dementia care.



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: 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

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




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