Paul R. Duberstein, Ph.D.

Paul R. Duberstein, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-6742
Fax: (585) 273-1082

Research Bio

My research aims to improve the lives of older adults and their family caregivers. As a clinical-community psychologist, I have longstanding interests in translational research ("giving psychology away") and in mitigating health disparities related to race and socioeconomic disadvantage.

Over the last 25 years at URMC, I have conducted both observational and intervention research. The observational studies have examined the implications of personality and social processes for clinically important outcomes, such as mood disorders, suicidal behavior, Alzheimer's Disease, and longevity. The intervention research aims to improve health outcomes using nonpharmacological approaches (e.g., psychotherapies) and by modifying the way patients and clinicians interact about challenging topics (e.g., cancer treatment, depression, suicide) at the point-of-care. I am particularly interested in individuals who have multiple chronic diseases and those who have advanced, life-limiting disease.

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.

Awards & Honors (National)

American Psychological Foundation Theodore Millon Award for Advancing the Science of Personality Psychology | Division 12 (Clinical) of the American Psychological Association 2005
American Association of Suicidology Shneidman Award for Early Career Contributions to Suicide Research | American Association of Suicidology 2000

Awards & Honors (Local)

Junior Faculty Mentoring Award | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 2005

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 216 available »

2017 Jan 1
Epstein RM, Duberstein PR, Fenton JJ, Fiscella K, Hoerger M, Tancredi DJ, Xing G, Gramling R, Mohile S, Franks P, Kaesberg P, Plumb S, Cipri CS, Street RL, Shields CG, Back AL, Butow P, Walczak A, Tattersall M, Venuti A, Sullivan P, Robinson M, Hoh B, Lewis L, Kravitz RL. "Effect of a Patient-Centered Communication Intervention on Oncologist-Patient Communication, Quality of Life, and Health Care Utilization in Advanced Cancer: The VOICE Randomized Clinical Trial." JAMA oncology. 2017 Jan 1; 3(1):92-100.
Billstedt E, Waern M, Falk H, Duberstein P, Östling S, Hällström T, Skoog I. "Time Trends in Murray's Psychogenic Needs over Three Decades in Swedish 75-Year-Olds." Gerontology. 2017 63(1):45-54. Epub 2016 Aug 31.
2016 Dec
Chapman BP, Weiss A, Duberstein PR. "Statistical learning theory for high dimensional prediction: Application to criterion-keyed scale development." Psychological methods. 2016 Dec; 21(4):603-620. Epub 2016 Jul 25.
2016 Nov 1
Gramling R, Fiscella K, Xing G, Hoerger M, Duberstein P, Plumb S, Mohile S, Fenton JJ, Tancredi DJ, Kravitz RL, Epstein RM. "Determinants of Patient-Oncologist Prognostic Discordance in Advanced Cancer." JAMA oncology. 2016 Nov 1; 2(11):1421-1426.
2016 Nov
Hoerger M, Chapman B, Duberstein P. "Realistic affective forecasting: The role of personality." Cognition & emotion. 2016 Nov; 30(7):1304-16. Epub 2015 Jul 25.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Psychology (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Medicine, Palliative Care (SMD)


PhD | Clinical and Community Psychology | SUNY Buffalo1990
BA | Psychology | Univ of Pennsylvania1982

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

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