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Lauren Decaporale-Ryan, Ph.D.

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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Lauren DeCaporale-Ryan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in geriatrics and medical family therapy. She received a PhD in 2011 from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in clinical psychology with a formal specialty in geropsychology, and did her internship at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. She went on to complete her fellowship in primary care family psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, Institute for the Family; she served as chief fellow in her second year.

In her current role, Dr. DeCaporale-Ryan works in the Departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Surgery. She is the Associate Director of the University of Rochester Physician Communication Coaching Program and Associate Chief of Psychology. She also presently serves as Associate Director of the Integrated Care Family Psychology Fellowship, and Associate Program Director of Resident Wellness in General Surgery. She is Assistant Editor for Families, Systems, and Health, a peer-reviewed journal focused on integrated care. Her clinical practice is focused on serving aging individuals, those with chronic medical illness, and their families.



PhD | University of Missouri-St. Louis

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/2011 - 08/31/2013
Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/19/2010 - 07/18/2011
Internship in Clinical Psychology at Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare Systems


Rita P Underberg, PhD Award for Excellence in Psychology Teaching
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry

Wingspread Honoree
Sponsor: Collaborative Family Healthcare Association

Rita P Underberg, PhD Award for Excellence in Psychology Teaching
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry

2016 - 2018
George W. Merck Dean's Teaching Fellow
Location: University of Rochester Medical Center

APA Early Career Achievement Award
Sponsor: American Psychological Association

Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship
Sponsor: National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry
Location: URMC, Rochester, NY

Aging Behaviors and Cognitive Therapy Special Interest Group Student Research Award
Sponsor: Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention

Rosalie S. Wolf Gerontology Consortium Award
Sponsor: College of the Holy Cross, Gerontology Consortium Program
Location: Worcester, MA

Alpha Kappa Delta
Sponsor: International Sociology Honor Society

Psi Chi
Sponsor: National Psychology Honor Society

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Journal Articles

McDaniel SH, DeCaporale-Ryan L, Fogarty C. "A physician communication coaching program: Developing a supportive culture of feedback to sustain and reinvigorate faculty physicians." Families, systems & health : the journal of collaborative family healthcare.. 2020 Jun 0; 38(2):184-189.

DeCaporale-Ryan L, Goodman J, Simning A, Press-Ellingham L, Williams L, Hasselberg M. "Addressing Skilled Nursing Facilities' COVID-19 Psychosocial Needs Via Staff Training and a Process Group Intervention." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2020 Apr 29; Epub 2020 Apr 29.

DeCaporale-Ryan LN, Salloum R, Linehan DC. "We Orient Residents to Surgical Life: Why Not Their Families Too?" Journal of surgical education.. 2020 Mar 13; Epub 2020 Mar 13.