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Silvia Sorensen, Ph.D.

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Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 273-2831

Fax: (585) 273-1082

Office: (585) 273-2952

Research Labs

Aging Well Initiative seeks to reach people.

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Research Network

How Effective Are Interventions With Caregivers?

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Impact of a tele-medicine diabetic retinopathy screening program.

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Biography

Research

Dr. Sörensen is an internationally known researcher and educator in the field of Human Development and Aging with particular interests in facilitating well-being among vulnerable older adults and their families. Collaborating with colleagues in Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Primary Care, Immunology, and with community-based health activists, she has developed and/or evaluated interventions to (1) promote positive health behaviors, (2) prevent mental and physical health problems, (3) increase access to mental health services for underserved groups, (4) assist older adults with preparation for future care, and (5) support well-being among older adults. Her specific areas of research include successful aging through preparation for future care, family caregiver stress and coping, interventions with caregivers, interventions with vision-impaired older adults, future thinking among older adults, as well as health literacy and patient education for diabetes prevention. She is the director of the Laboratory for Population Health, Disparities, and Intervention Research (LAPHDIR) in which new research and community health projects are hatched with the help of a Community Health-project Advisory Board (CHAB). Dr. Sörensen has a keen interest in community-partnered research and is a co-founder of the Aging Well Initiative community collaboration with faith-based organizations and member of community coalitions to focusing on the empowerment of underserved groups in order to reduce health disparities. Areas of mentoring expertise include community engagement, research methods and statistics, and grant-writing; content expertise is in application of life-span developmental perspectives, adult development and aging, mental health in the context of chronic illness, health and aging, health disparities, and health promotion.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

1988
MS | Technical University of Berlin
Psychology

1984
BA | Antioch College
Psychology

1993
PhD | The Pennsylvania State University
Human Development and Family Studies

Awards

2013
Elected Fellow
Sponsor: American Psychological Association

2009 - 2010
Stuber Fellow
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Location: Department of Psychiatry

2007
Leonard F. Salzman Research Award
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry
Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

2006 - 2007
NIMH Advanced Research Institute Training in Geriatric Mental Health
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
Location: Washington, DC

2006
Innovations in Community Scholarship Award
Sponsor: Dept. of Psychiatry
Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine

2006
Honoree at 1st Annual Excellence in Research Day
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Location: Rochester, NY

2004 - Present
Listed in editions of Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care

2004
Collier Day Poster Award, Second Place
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry
Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

2003
Elected Fellow
Sponsor: Gerontological Society of America

2001
Leonard F. Salzman Research Award
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry
Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

1992
Invited Membership
Sponsor: Kappa Omicron Nu Honors Society

1992
Summer Research Award
Sponsor: The Pennsylvania State University Graduate School

1992
Wohlwill Endowment Award
Sponsor: Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Location: The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

1991
Dissertation Award
Sponsor: Henry A. Murray Research Center at Radcliffe College
Location: Cambridge, MA

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Publications

Journal Articles

2016
Cimarolli VR, Casten RJ, Rovner BW, Heyl V, Sörensen S, Horowitz A. "Anxiety and depression in patients with advanced macular degeneration: current perspectives." Clinical ophthalmology.. 2016 10:55-63. Epub 2015 Dec 30.

5/2015
Sörensen S, White K, Mak W, Zanibbi K, Tang W, O'Hearn A, Hegel MT. "The macular degeneration and aging study: Design and research protocol of a randomized trial for a psychosocial intervention with macular degeneration patients." Contemporary clinical trials.. 2015 May 0; 42:68-77. Epub 2015 Mar 24.

10/2014
Poleshuck EL, Gamble SA, Bellenger K, Lu N, Tu X, Sörensen S, Giles DE, Talbot NL. "Randomized controlled trial of interpersonal psychotherapy versus enhanced treatment as usual for women with co-occurring depression and pelvic pain." Journal of psychosomatic research.. 2014 Oct 0; 77(4):264-72. Epub 2014 Jul 26.

Books & Chapters

2013
Chapter Title: Oxford Handbook of Geropyschology
Book Title: Meta-analyses in Clinical Geropsychology
Author List: Pinquart, M.;Sörensen, S
Edited By: N. Pachana; K. Laidlaw
Published By: Oxford University Press2013 in Oxford, UK

2006
Chapter Title: Family Caregiving for Elders
Book Title: Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science
Author List: Pinquart, M.; Sörensen, S.
Edited By: C. Fisher; R. Lerner
Published By: Sage2006 in Thousand Oaks, CA

2005
Chapter Title: Caregiving distress and psychological health of caregivers. In K. V. Oxington
Book Title: Psychology of stress
Author List: Pinquart, M.; Sörensen, S.
Edited By: K. V. Oxington
Published By: Nova Medical Books2005 in Hauppage, NY

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