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Yeates Conwell, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-3535

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Setting

Psychiatry

Biography

Professional Background

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program
Director, URMC Office for Aging Research and Health Services
Co-Director, Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide
Co-Director, UR/CDC Injury Control Research Center on Suicide Prevention


Dr. Yeates Conwell is Professor and Vice Chair, Co-Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program of the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the University of Rochester Medical Center's Office for Aging Research and Health Services. In 2012, he was selected as an Innovation Advisor for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. He has lectured and written extensively on suicide and depression in later life, drawing on research that has been continuously funded by NIH institutes, the CDC, and foundation support for the past 25 years. He has been a regular member of NIH review panels, was President of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and serves as consultant to agencies and centers dedicated to suicide prevention research worldwide. The primary foci of Dr. Conwell's research are risk factors for suicide in the second half of life and their implications for service system redesign, with particular emphasis on the design and implementation of preventive interventions in community settings, and their linkage to healthcare services. As well, Dr. Conwell maintains a clinical practice providing care to older adults.

Dr. Conwell received his MD degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and psychiatry residency and postdoctoral research training at Yale University School of Medicine.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Geriatric Psychiatry

Education

1980
MD | University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/84 - 06/30/85
Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital

07/81 - 06/84
Residency in Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital

07/80 - 08/81
Internship in General Medicine at Norwalk Hospital

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Awards

2016
American College of Psychiatrists Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry

2014
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America

2013
Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award

2011
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Lifesaver Award

2008
American Association of Suicidology Louis I. Dublin Award

2005 - 2008
Visiting Professor, Dalian Medical University
Location: Dalian, China

2003
Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

2002
Faculty Mentorship Award, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

2002
Brickell Visiting Professor
Location: NYS Psychiatric Inst. and Columbia Univ. College of Phys & Surg

1997
Elected Member, International Academy for Suicide Research

1994
American Association of Suicidology Edwin A. Shneidman Award

1994
American Association of Suicidology Edwin A Shneidman Award "for outstanding research contributions in the field of suicidology"

1988 - 1993
NIMH Geriatric Mental Health Academic Award

1984
National Psychiatric Endowment Fund - Laughlin Award
Location: Yale University School of Medicine

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Clinical Trials

Physical Function, Mental Health, and Social Support in Cancer Survivors Entering Survivorship

Lead Researcher: Yeates Conwell

The purpose of this study is to understand mental health, physical health, and social support in cancer survivors who have recently completed cancer treatment. This may be a challenging time for cancer survivors and understanding this period will help us to improve survivorship care.

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Publications

Journal Articles

6/26/2021
Simning A, Orth J, Temkin-Greener H, Li Y, Simons KV, Conwell Y. "Skilled Nursing Facility-to-Home Trajectories for Older Adults With Mental Illness or Dementia." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2021 Jun 26; Epub 2021 Jun 26.

4/29/2021
Simning A, Caprio TV, Li Y, Conwell Y. "Near Vision but not Hearing Loss is Associated with Lacking a Usual Source of Health Care." Journal of aging and health.. 2021 Apr 29; :8982643211014323. Epub 2021 Apr 29.

4/1/2021
Van Orden KA, Areán PA, Conwell Y. "A Pilot Randomized Trial of Engage Psychotherapy to Increase Social Connection and Reduce Suicide Risk in Later Life." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2021 Apr 1; Epub 2021 Apr 01.

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