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 clinical care by deepening understanding of how each patient's developmental history, personality, beliefs, and attitudes can influence their
• susceptibility to disease
• experience of illness
• willingness to report symptoms
• interactions with clinicians and the healthcare system
• ability to recruit help from family or friends for their health needs



I have addressed these issues in clinical research conducted at the URMC and other academic health centers as well as in secondary analyses of public datasets. The clinical studies have been conducted in an array of health care settings, including primary care and specialty care (psychiatry, oncology, neurology). My current research focuses on the development of customized interventions to overcome barriers to effective communication and decision-making about emotion-laden topics (e.g., end-of-life decisions, cancer treatment decisions, mental health treatment) in medical care. Another area of current interest is the impact of clinician characteristics (e.g., personality, personal experiences) on clinical care and patient outcomes.

In 2009, along with colleagues in the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Family Medicine, I formed the Rochester Health Care Decision Making Group. The mission of the HCDMG is to create knowledge that helps patients, family caregivers, and clinicians make effective decisions about health and health care while minimizing the emotional and cognitive burdens of decision-making.

I have served as Associate Editor (2007-2009; 2013-present) and Interim Editor (2010-2012) of the American Psychological Association's flagship aging journal, Psychology and Aging. At URMC I have served as the Director of the Laboratory of Personality and Development (2000-2012), as well as Co-Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide (2002-2008) and the Rochester Center for Mind Body Research (2004-2008). I have worked closely with local physicians, scientists and community partners as well as with a network of national collaborators. I have also collaborated with scientists in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Iceland, Spain, and Sweden, where 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

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2016 May
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 May; 20(5):494-9. Epub 2015 Mar 26.
2016 Apr
Nsamenang SA, Hirsch JK, Topciu R, Goodman AD, Duberstein PR. "The interrelations between spiritual well-being, pain interference and depressive symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis." Journal of behavioral medicine. 2016 Apr; 39(2):355-63. Epub 2016 Jan 22.
2016 Apr
Nsamenang SA, Hirsch JK, Topciu R, Goodman AD, Duberstein PR. "Erratum to: The interrelations between spiritual well-being, pain interference and depressive symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis." Journal of behavioral medicine. 2016 Apr; 39(2):364.
2016 Mar 31
Barkan T, Hoerger M, Gallegos AM, Turiano NA, Duberstein PR, Moynihan JA. "Personality Predicts Utilization of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction During and Post-Intervention in a Community Sample of Older Adults." The journal of alternative and complementary medicine : research on paradigm, practice, and policy. 2016 Mar 31; Epub 2016 Mar 31.
2016 Feb
Fässberg MM, Cheung G, Canetto SS, Erlangsen A, Lapierre S, Lindner R, Draper B, Gallo JJ, Wong C, Wu J, Duberstein P, Wærn M. "A systematic review of physical illness, functional disability, and suicidal behaviour among older adults." Aging & mental health. 2016 Feb; 20(2):166-94. Epub 2015 Sep 18.

Current Appointments

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

Education

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