CONTACT INFORMATIONCREDENTIALSAWARDSCLINICAL TRIALSPUBLICATIONSKimberly A. Van Orden, Ph.D.(Pronouns: she/her/hers)Contact InformationPhone NumbersOffice: (585) 275-5176Fax: (585) 276-2065Social LinksDr. Van Orden on TwitterA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty GroupgroupAn Accountable Health PartnerassignmentNot Accepting New PatientsResearch LabsThe HOPE Lab: email@example.comVisit The HOPE Lab: firstname.lastname@example.org Lab WebsiteLocationsUniversity of Rochester Medical CenterSchool of Medicine and Dentistry601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCHRochester, NY 14642Additional LinksHope Lab EmailContact Dr. Van Orden: email@example.comFaculty AppointmentsAssociate Professor - Department of Psychiatry , Research (SMD) BiographyResearchMy goal as a researcher is to increase our understanding of how to address the significant public health problem of social isolation in later life. My colleagues and I conduct studies to better understand the different ways isolation (both perceived and 'objective') is expressed and experienced in later life, from restricted social networks, to loneliness, to low social support, to feeling as if one does not belong. We also strive to understand how to reduce isolation and promote connectedness using behavioral interventions. The strong associations between isolation and poor health, as well as the strong associations between social connectedness and good health and well-being, suggests that promoting social connectedness--positive interactions and relationships with others--should in turn positively influence trajectories of health and well-being. However, there are few studies that provide compelling evidence of strategies to increase connectedness. My lab --the HOPE (Helping Older People Engage) Lab is focused on developing new interventions to increase connectedness, as well as testing existing interventions that have promise for increasing connectedness, but have not been tested. Social isolation (in its many forms) is also strongly linked to suicide across the lifespan. Another focus of my work is theory testing to promote understanding of suicide and illuminate mechanisms that can serve as intervention targets. I have contributed to the formulation, refinement, and evaluation of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide. Much of my work in interventions is informed by this theory and what it suggests may be effective strategies for helping individuals connect and contribute in ways that are meaningful for them. I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.CredentialsEducation2009PhD | Florida State UniversityPost-doctoral Training & Residency07/01/2009 - 06/30/2010Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009Internship in Psychology at Montefiore Medical CenterAwards2019Edwin S. Shneidman Award for outstanding contributions in research in the field of suicidologySponsor: American Association of Suicidology2008 - 2009P.E.O Scholar Award2008Melissa Institute Belfer-Aptman Dissertation Research Award2008American Association of Suicidology Student Research Award2008Florida State University Dissertation Research Grant2002Phi Beta KappaVIEW ALL expand_moreClinical TrialsHelping Older People EngageLead Researcher: Kimberly A Van Orden The purpose of this study is to compare two activities — reflecting on one’s past (called “life review”) and volunteering. We are interested in learning how these activities may improve social connectedness and well-being among adults age 60 and older. Additionally, we may ask questions about social distancing, so to that end this study is relevant to managing the psychosocial implications of COVID-19. Volunteering involves participate weekly in a flexible volunteer program with Lifespan. Volunteer activities can be done from your home, such as friendly calling. Life review involves participating in a one-year reminiscence program that is self-guided and involves completing monthly exercises such as writing about one’s memories. View Study Details PublicationsJournal Articles8/5/2021Van Orden KA, Bower E, Beckler T, Rowe J, Gillespie S. "The Use of Robotic Pets with Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic." Clinical gerontologist.. 2021 Aug 5; :1-6. Epub 2021 Aug 05. 7/30/2021Madrigal C, Bower E, Simons K, Gillespie SM, Van Orden K, Mills WL. "Assessing Social Functioning During COVID-19 and Beyond: Tools and Considerations for Nursing Home Staff." Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.. 2021 Jul 30; Epub 2021 Jul 30. 4/22/2021Van Orden KA. "Addressing Loneliness in Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Commentary on "Understanding Psychological Distress and Protective Factors Among Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic"." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2021 Apr 22; Epub 2021 Apr 22. Books & Chapters2009 Book Title: The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide: Guidance for Working with Suicidal Clients Author List: Thomas E. Joiner, Kimberly A. Van Orden, Tracy K. Witte, M. David Rudd Published By: American Psychological Association 2009VIEW ALL PUBLICATIONSClose WindowSchedule an appointment with Kimberly A. 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