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Steven M. Silverstein, Ph.D.

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Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-6742

Faculty Appointments

Biography

Professional Background

Dr. Steven Silverstein is a Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a member of the Center for Visual Science. He is also the George L. Engel Professor of Psychosocial Medicine, the Associate Chair for Research in Psychiatry, and the Director of the Center for Retina and Brain. He is the former President of the Society for Research in Psychopathology (2017) and the former Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Serious Mental Illness (2007-2009). Dr. Silverstein received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989 and completed his internship and fellowship at Cornell Medical College from 1988-1990. His research interests are in: 1) risk factors for serious mental illness and treatment of first-episode psychosis; 2) retinal, perceptual (visual), and cognitive changes in people with schizophrenia, and rehabilitation of those impairments; 3) retinal biomarkers of changes in brain and cognitive functioning in other conditions affecting the brain (e.g., heart failure, cerebral small-vessel disease, sports-related concussion); and 4) mental health issues related to vision loss, and their treatment; He has over 270 publications related to schizophrenia and these other issues. Dr. Silverstein has had continuous grant support since 1991 and is currently principal investigator on several NIH-, industry-, and foundation-funded grants. He has received many awards for his research, clinical, and teaching activities, including the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s Armin Loeb Award for research in psychiatric rehabilitation (2008), the New Jersey Psychological Association’s Distinguished Researcher Award (2009), the American Psychological Foundation’s Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Prize (2010), the Norman H. Edelman Clinical Science Mentorship Award from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (2010), and the Trailblazer Award from the Schizophrenia Special Interest Group of the Association for Advancement in Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2016). He has also mentored several generations of clinicians and researchers who have gone on to successful careers in the area of mental health conditions and their treatment.

Credentials

Education

1984
BA | Brandeis University
Psychology

1989
PhD | University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Clinical Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/1989 - 06/1990
Post-doctoral fellowship, specialization in child psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, The New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

07/1988 - 06/1989
Internship in clinical psychology, Department of Psychiatry, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

Awards

2018
SAMHAJ Professional Award
Sponsor: National Alliance of Mental Illness New Jersey

2018
New Jersey Provider Recognition Award
Sponsor: National Alliance of Mental Illness New Jersey Chapter
Location: North Brunswick, NJ

2017 - 2018
Outstanding Provider Award, Chinese American Mental Health Outreach Program
Sponsor: National Alliance of Mental Illness New Jersey Chapter

2016
Schizophrenia Special Interest Group Trailblazer Award
Sponsor: Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Location: New York City, NY

2014
Visiting Professorship Award (Jagiellonian University)
Sponsor: Science-Environment-Technologies Project
Location: Krakow, Poland

2013
Norman H. Edelman Clinical Science Mentorship Award
Sponsor: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Location: Newark, NJ

2010
Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Prize
Sponsor: American Psychological Foundation

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Clinical Trials

A survey of emotional reactions to visual challenges,,A survey of emotional reactions to visual challenges

Lead Researcher: Steven M Silverstein

You will be asked to complete 3 surveys online that will take about a total of 25-30 minutes to complete. The surveys will ask questions about how you have adjusted to your vision loss, as well as the effects of vision loss on your mood, anxiety, and quality of life.

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Visual Remediation in Schizophrenia

Lead Researcher: Steven M Silverstein

The purpose of this study is to collect information on the effectiveness of two computerized training programs to improve visual and brain functions among people with schizophrenia. We are evaluating these training programs because people diagnosed with schizophrenia sometimes have difficulty processing visual information as easily as people without this condition. Some people with schizophrenia also report difficulty reading. The more difficulty a person has with these visual functions, the more difficulty they tend to have with everyday tasks that depend on vision, such as driving and remembering visual information. This study will take place at the Strong Ties clinic and will include 40 iPad training sessions and 4 or more assessments over 3-4 months, and a follow-up assessment 6 months after the final training session.

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Publications

Journal Articles

7/7/2022
Lu W, Silverstein SM, Mueser KT, Minsky S, Bullock D, Buchbinder S, Chen Q, Eubanks R, Guillaume-Salvant A. "Undocumented PTSD among African American clients with serious mental illness in a statewide mental health system." Psychological trauma : theory, research, practice and policy.. 2022 Jul 7; Epub 2022 Jul 07.

5/28/2022
Silverstein SM, Choi JJ, Green KM, Bowles-Johnson KE, Ramchandran RS. "Schizophrenia in Translation: Why the Eye?" Schizophrenia bulletin.. 2022 May 28; Epub 2022 May 28.

5/18/2022
Williams TF, Powers AR, Ellman LM, Corlett PR, Strauss GP, Schiffman J, Waltz JA, Silverstein SM, Woods SW, Walker EF, Gold JM, Mittal VA. "Three prominent self-report risk measures show unique and overlapping utility in characterizing those at clinical high-risk for psychosis." Schizophrenia research.. 2022 May 18; 244:58-65. Epub 2022 May 18.

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