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Deborah A. King, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-3612

Fax: (585) 273-1117

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Professional Background

Dr. Deborah King is Professor Emerita in the URMC Department of Psychiatry. As a career educator, she has worked actively to promote inter-professional training for clinicians, training faculty and researchers in university, community, and VA settings. She served previously as Associate Chair for Education, Chief of Psychology, Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Services, and Director of Psychology Training in the Department of Psychiatry. She also served as Director of Fellowship and Graduate Training at the VA VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention in Canandaigua, New York. Her scholarship focuses on late-life depression and suicide, as well as family interventions for older adults with mental health challenges or life-threatening medical illnesses.



PHD | Indiana University Bloomington
Clinical Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/1984 - 06/30/1985
Fellowship in Psychiatry & Neurology, Geriatric Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center

09/01/1982 - 08/31/1984
Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at University of Rochester Medical Center

09/01/1981 - 08/31/1982
Internship in Clinical Psychology at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Outstanding Psychologist of the Year, Genesee Valley Psychological Association

Rita P. Underberg Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Psychology Training Program

2007 - 2007
Clinical Mentorship Award, Society of Clinical Geropsychology, American Psychological Association

2006 - 2006
Mary Lou Meyers, MD Award for Outstanding Medical Student Teaching, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester

2005 - Present
Fellow, Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12), American Psychological Association

1984 - 1985
1984-85 NIMH Fellow in Geropsychology and Neuropsychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

1982 - 1985
NIMH Fellowship Awards in Psychology and Geropsychology

1980 - 1980
Honors Research Grant, Department of Women's Studies, Indiana University

1977 - 1978
NIMH U.S. Public Health Traineeship in Psychology, Indiana University

Phi Beta Kappa

Graduation Honors in Psychology, Indiana University

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Journal Articles

Rasmussen KA, King DA, Gould MS, Cross W, Tang W, Kaukeinen K, Tu X, Knox KL. "Concerns of Older Veteran Callers to the Veterans Crisis Line." Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2017 Aug; 47(4):387-397. Epub 2016 Dec 09.

Bishop TM, Simons KV, King DA, Pigeon WR. "Sleep and Suicide in Older Adults: An Opportunity for Intervention." Clinical therapeutics.. 2016 Nov; 38(11):2332-2339. Epub 2016 Oct 15.

Bamonti P, Lombardi S, Duberstein PR, King DA, Van Orden KA. "Spirituality attenuates the association between depression symptom severity and meaning in life." Aging & mental health.. 2016 20(5):494-9. Epub 2015 Mar 26.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Family Intervention and therapy with older adults
Book Title: The Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry
Author List: King, D.A., Shields, C.G., & Podgorski, C.A.
Edited By: B. J. Sadock, V.A. Sadock, P. Ruiz
Published By: Lippincott, Williams & Williams 2009 in Philadelphia

Chapter Title: Interdisciplinary collaboration in diverse sites of care
Book Title: American Psychological Association, Presidential Task Force on Integrated Health
Author List: King, D.A., *Funderburk, J.S., & Conwell, Y.
Published By: American Psychological Association 2008 in Washington, D.C.

Chapter Title: Care of the caregiver: Individual and family interventions
Book Title: Supporting the Caregiver in Dementia: A Guide for Health Care Professionals
Author List: Sorensen, S., King, D.A., & Pinquart, M.
Edited By: S.M. Loboprabhu, V.A. Molinari, & J.W. Lomax
Published By: John Hopkins University Press 2006 in Baltimore