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Kimberly A. Van Orden, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-5176

Fax: (585) 276-2065

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Biography

Research

My 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.

Credentials

Education

1998-2002
A.B. | Columbia University
Psychology

2003-2005
M.S | Florida State University
Clinical Psychology

2005-2009
Doctoral | Florida State University
Clinical Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2009 - 06/30/2010
Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009
Internship in Psychology at Montefiore Medical Center

Awards

2008 - 2009
P.E.O Scholar Award

2008
Melissa Institute Belfer-Aptman Dissertation Research Award

2008
American Association of Suicidology Student Research Award

2008
Florida State University Dissertation Research Grant

2002
Phi Beta Kappa

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Publications

Journal Articles

10/2018
Duberstein PR, Ward EA, Chaudron LH, He H, Toth SL, Wang W, Van Orden KA, Gamble SA, Talbot NL. "Effectiveness of interpersonal psychotherapy-trauma for depressed women with childhood abuse histories." Journal of consulting and clinical psychology.. 2018 Oct 0; 86(10):868-878.

8/2018
Van Orden K, Deming C. "Late-life suicide prevention strategies: current status and future directions." Current opinion in psychology.. 2018 Aug 0; 22:79-83. Epub 2017 Sep 08.

8/2018
Van Orden K. "The Interpersonal Context of Suicide and Self-Harm in Later Life: An Invited Commentary on "Why Do the Very Old Self-Harm? A Qualitative Study"." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2018 Aug 0; 26(8):872-873. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

Books & Chapters

2009
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 Association2009

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