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Paul Duberstein, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-6742

Fax: (585) 273-1082

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As a clinical-community psychologist, I am interested in translational research ('giving psychology away' to improve public health) and in mitigating health disparities related to race and socioeconomic disadvantage.

I conduct both observational and intervention research. The observational studies have examined psychosocial predictors (e.g., personality, social support) of clinically important outcomes, such as mood disorders, suicidal behavior, Alzheimer's Disease, and longevity. In addition to collaborating on psychotherapy studies (e.g., depression in women with histories of sexual abuse, suicide risk in older men), I have collaborated on studies that have examined the effects of interventions to modify the way patients and clinicians interact about challenging topics (e.g., cancer treatment, depression, suicide) at the point-of-care.

I am currently the Director of Research in the Division of Palliative Care (Dept. of Medicine). My recent scholarship aims to improve care of individuals who have advanced, life-limiting disease and their caregivers. I provide mentorship and consultation to undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. In addition to mentoring Rochester-based faculty, I have mentored faculty from other institutions. My mentoring successes were recognized at the 2005 Opening Convocation of the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, where I received the Junior Faculty Mentoring Award.

I have served as Associate Editor (2007-2009; 2013-2016) and Interim Editor (2010-2012) of the American Psychological Association's flagship aging journal, Psychology and Aging. My collaborative research projects have been funded by a number of public and private sources, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly HCFA), the US Department of Defense, the Fogarty Institute, the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. In addition to my faculty appointments at the URMC, I have a longstanding affiliation with Göteborg University's Neuroepidemiology Program.



BA | Univ of Pennsylvania

PhD | SUNY Buffalo
Clinical and Community Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

1990 - 1993
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD), National Research Service Award, Department of Psychiatry


Award of Special Recognition
Location: The Outreach Community Center (Rochester, NY)

Junior Faculty Mentoring Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

American Psychological Foundation Theodore Millon Award for Advancing the Science of Personality Psychology
Sponsor: Division 12 (Clinical) of the American Psychological Association

American Association of Suicidology Shneidman Award for Early Career Contributions to Suicide Research
Sponsor: American Association of Suicidology

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Journal Articles

Saeed F, Hoerger M, Norton SA, Guancial E, Epstein RM, Duberstein PR. "Preference for Palliative Care in Cancer Patients: Are Men and Women Alike?" Journal of pain and symptom management.. 2018 Jul 0; 56(1):1-6.e1. Epub 2018 Mar 23.

Fox RS, Lillis TA, Gerhart J, Hoerger M, Duberstein P. "Multiple Group Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the DASS-21 Depression and Anxiety Scales: How Do They Perform in a Cancer Sample?" Psychological reports.. 2018 Jun 0; 121(3):548-565. Epub 2017 Aug 24.

Freytag J, Street RL, Xing G, Duberstein PR, Fiscella K, Tancredi DJ, Fenton JJ, Kravitz RL, Epstein RM. "The ecology of patient and caregiver participation in consultations involving advanced cancer." Psycho-oncology.. 2018 Jun 0; 27(6):1642-1649. Epub 2018 Apr 16.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Psychotherapy. In A.J. Christensen, R. Martin & J.M. Smyth (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Health Psychology (pp.230-232).
Book Title: Psychotherapy.
Author List: Duberstein, P.R., & Talbot
Published By: New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers2004

Chapter Title: Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. (pp.229-230) New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. (Also wrote entries on Conversion hysteria and Psychogenic illness)
Book Title: Duberstein, P.R. (2004). Psychosomatic medicine. In A.J. Christensen, R. Martin & J.M. Smyth (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. (pp.229-230)
Author List: Duberstein, P.R.
Published By: New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers2004

Chapter Title: Directions in Psychiatry. Long Island City, NY: The Hatherleigh Company. (2000). Suicide. In S.K. Whitbourne (Ed.), Psychopathology in later life
Book Title: Human ecology: An encyclopedia of children, families, communities, and environments.
Author List: In J.M. Miller, R.M. Lerner, L.B. Schiamberg, & P.M. Anderson,
Published By: John Wiley and Sons.2003