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Ellen L. Poleshuck, Ph.D.

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Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-3138

Fax: (585) 273-1093

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Professional Background

Ellen Poleshuck, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and serves as Director of the Women's Behavioral Health Service. Dr. Poleshuck is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified marriage and family therapist. Dr. Poleshuck specializes in the assessment and treatment of underserved women and families who present for care in obstetric and gynecology practices. Dr. Poleshuck's research focuses on integrated treatments for women with depression and co-occurring concerns such as pain, intimate partner violence, and socioeconomic disadvantage.



MA,PhD | Kent State University

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/1998 - 06/30/2000
Fellowship in Medical Family Therapy at University of Rochester Medical Center

09/01/1997 - 08/31/1998
Internship in Clinical Psychology at Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Syracuse)


University of Rochester Susan McDaniel Collaborative Care Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester

Nominee for Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award

2014 - 2015
Academic Medical Professional Leadership Program for Mid-Career Women, University of Rochester

2013 - 2014
Leadership in Academic Medicine Development Seminar Series Invitee, University of Rochester

Collier Junior Investigator Research Award, first place
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

Collier Junior Investigator Research Award, second place
Sponsor: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

Grant-in-Aid of Research; Sigma Xi Scientific Society

1992 - 1994
Provost Enhancement Fellow
Location: Kent State University

1992 - 1993
Dartmouth General Fellowship for Graduate Study
Location: Dartmouth College

Parkes Prize for Graduate Study in Social Service
Location: Dartmouth College

Lawrence Marx Jr. Honor Award
Location: Dartmouth College

Tucker Foundation Fellow
Location: Dartmouth College

Paleopitis Sophomore Leadership Award
Location: Dartmouth College

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Journal Articles

Toscano M, Royzer R, Castillo D, Li D, Poleshuck E. "Prevalence of Depression or Anxiety During Antepartum Hospitalizations for Obstetric Complications: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis." Obstetrics and gynecology.. 2021 Apr 8; Epub 2021 Apr 08.

Poleshuck E, Wittink M, Crean HF, Juskiewicz I, Bell E, Harrington A, Cerulli C. "A Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Two Patient-Centered Interventions for Women with Unmet Social Needs: Personalized Support for Progress and Enhanced Screening and Referral." Journal of women's health.. 2019 Sep 9; Epub 2019 Sep 09.

Smith SM, Li R, Wolfe H, Swanger-Gagne MS, Bonham AD, Kreher DA, Poleshuck EL. "Couple Interventions for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review." The Clinical journal of pain.. 2019 Aug 19; Epub 2019 Aug 19.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Women's health and the role of primary care psychology.
Book Title: The primary care consultant: The next frontier for psychologists in hospitals and clinics
Author List: Poleshuck, E.L.
Published By: American Psychological Association 2005 in Washington, D.C.

Chapter Title: Risk factors for chronic pain and their implications for prevention
Book Title: Psychosocial and psychiatric aspects of pain: Handbook for health care providers
Author List: Poleshuck, E.L., & Dworkin, R.H.
Edited By: R.H. Dworkin & W.S. Breitbart
Published By: International Association for the Study of Pain Press 2004 in Seattle, WA