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Post-Doctoral Training Program in Behavioral Geriatrics (T32)

Post-Doctoral Training Program in Behavioral Geriatrics (T32)

Program Overview. This 2-year Postdoctoral Training Program in Behavioral Geriatrics develops independent investigators capable of conducting patient-oriented research to improve the quality of life and quality of care of older adults. The Program is Co-led by Cary Reid, MD, PhD, Director of the Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life and Holly G. Prigerson, PhD, Director of the Center for Research on End-of-Life Care both based in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Applications are accepted from both MD and PhD postdoctoral trainees (2/year) seeking careers at the intersection of biomedical and innovative social/behavioral approaches to improve care and care outcomes in older adults.

How to Apply. If you're interested in applying for this postdoctoral opportunity, please email Jewel Winters at jzw2012@med.cornell.edu with the following: 1) copy of your CV and 2) a cover letter detailing your interest in the program and as well as describing why you might be a good fit for our program (500 word Limit). Please click here to view Weill Cornell Medical College’s general post-doctoral fellow related information and resources.

Deadline. Applications will be accepted until Feb 1, 2017.  Candidates will be selected on a rolling basis each year until each of the 2 new slots per year are filled.

Behavioral Geriatrics Description. Behavioral Geriatrics is a scientific discipline that explicitly integrates social/behavioral approaches with biomedical approaches to study clinically significant and pressing issues of aging (e.g., pain, cognitive impairment, polypharmacy, caregiving, end-of-life medical decision-making, bereavement). The distinctive Year 1 Behavioral Geriatrics Didactic Core will cover topics including clinical and psychosocial epidemiology, community-based participatory research, health services research, and trial design as related to the study of older adults.

Program Centerpiece. Co-Mentored research in Year 1, culminating in a Year 2 research project for which the Trainee serves as PI under Co-Mentor supervision. Our cadre of experienced and successful Behavioral Geriatrics research mentors include Co-Directors Reid (management of multifactorial pain in later life) and Prigerson (care of patients and families at the end-of-life and into bereavement). Additional faculty members include: Dr. Ronald Adelman (palliative care), Dr. Mark Lachs (elder abuse) Drs. Karl Pillemer (family dynamics and family care of older adults) and Elaine Wethington (social isolation/integration). To view our complete mentor list, click here. Trainees will be integrated into a large,” research-ready” network of New York City organizations serving ethnically diverse older adults. We foster multiple opportunities for trainees to network with mentors and others within our aging networks.

Training Activities. All trainees participate in monthly Work-In-Progress Seminars and regularly scheduled Trainees’ Forums, which provide instruction in the presentation and publication of results, ethical conduct of research, grant preparation, and help to build career development skills. Biostatisticians and data entry and management personnel from existing grants will be available to assist T32 trainees. MD trainees will complete the Cornell CTSC Master’s degree or Certificate Program in Clinical Research. The program provides support for trainees to attend two national aging related conferences per year as well as at least one trip to the Cornell Ithaca campus to meet with our Ithaca based mentors.

Current Fellows:

Elissa Kozlov, PhD

Elissa is currently a T32 post-doctoral associate in Behavioral Geriatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College’s Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Previously, Elissa completed her clinical internship in geropsychology at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System, and she earned her doctorate from Washington University in both Clinical and Aging and Developmental Psychology. Elissa's past research focused on access to palliative care and barriers to palliative care integration looking specifically at patients' knowledge deficits. For her dissertation, Elissa developed and validated the Palliative Care Knowledge Scale (PaCKS), a brief true/false scale designed to assess knowledge of palliative care in the general population. Her current research focuses on access to mental health care in patients with life-limiting illness and developing mental health and palliative care interventions. She has complementary interests in late life family planning and communication and interdisciplinary training and education. 

Keiko Kurita, PhD, MPH

Keiko is currently a T32 post-doctoral associate in Behavioral Geriatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College’s Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. She received her PhD in Psychology (clinical science, specializing in aging) and MPH from the University of Southern California and completed her clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center. In her research, Keiko is interested in understanding how declines in cognitive function and the course and treatment of chronic illnesses interact with one another and using this knowledge to improve the psychological well-being of older adults.

 

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