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    CMSC Grant Awarded to Dr. Frederick Foley 

    Frederick W. Foley, Ph.D., professor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and clinical psychologist at Holy Name Medical Center, along with his students, Jessica Sloan and Elana Mendelowitz, were recently awarded a one-year pilot grant from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) to conduct a randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) as a treatment for pain and depression in a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) population. Pain and depression are extremely prevalent symptoms in MS, frequently difficult to treat, and interfere with activities of daily living, employment status, and quality of life. This study thus has the potential to improve the lives of those with MS by utilizing a treatment approach that has been found to be helpful in alleviating pain and depression in non-MS populations. The MBCT groups will incorporate a four-week group intervention with components of both mindfulness and cognitive therapy, which have been shown to be helpful in MS populations in the past. MBCT groups will be compared to MS support groups, thus controlling for non-specific effects. This study will therefore investigate a novel approach to the treatment of pain and depression that has yet to be studied in an MS population and one that involves minimal risk, thus enhancing its potential benefit.

    Accurate Asthma Assessment 

    Jonathan M. Feldman, Ph.D. has received $3 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study whether training teenagers with athma to better recognize their symptoms can improve asthma control and reduce emergency health care use. Children who fail to correctly perceive the severity of their asthma symptoms have more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and fatal or near-fatal asthma attacks. Puerto Rican and black children have higher rates of asthma complications and deaths than other racial/ethnic groups. Dr. Feldman hypothesizes that helping asthma patients better recognize symptoms may help close this asthma health disparities gap. A randomized controlled trial will examine whether a behavioral intervention to train adolescents to guess their peak expiratory flow improved the accuracy of symptom perception and adherence to controller medications for asthma. Dr. Feldman is clinical assistant professor in the department of pediatrics.

    Five-year clinical trial funded by NIA (R01AG050448)

    Roee Holtzer, Ph.D., professor and program director at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, and Dr. Joe Verghese, professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, were recently awarded funding for a five-year cinical trial from for a cognitive intervention to improve simple and complex walking. Ambulatory disabilities represent the most prevalent disability among US seniors. This ‘proof of concept’ clinical trial will fill an important gap in knowledge of the efficacy of cognitive remediation as a secondary prevention strategy to improve this debilitating condition. Demonstrating mobility gains through cognitive training will provide insight for future mobility treatment options, and if successful will establish an accessible and low-risk method to enhance mobility among frail sedentary seniors.


    Dr. Michelle Lupkin Ferkauf Alumni News 2013

    Dr. Michelle Lupkin received her PhD in Clinical Psychology with Health Emphasis from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in 2011. Following this she completed the specialized APA accredited postdoctoral fellowship program in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Zucker Hillside Hospital.  Dr. Lupkin is currently an Attending Psychologist and the Director of Externship Training in the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Montefiore Medical Center and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  In her work she specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents presenting with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and chronic illness.  Dr. Lupkin uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy in her work and regularly lectures to psychology interns, externs, psychiatry fellows and residents on eating disorders, health psychology, and treatment with children, adolescents, and families.  Her research has focused on the influence of psychological factors on morbidity in pediatric asthma.   

    Dr. Mahoney

    Dr. Mahoney obtained her PhD from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in 2008 after completing her internship training in clinical neuropsychology at Montefiore Medical Center.  She was one of the first two graduate students to successfully complete Dr. Holtzer’s clinical neuropsychology minor introduced in 2005.  Dr. Mahoney is currently an assistant professor in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology and is also core faculty of the Integrated Divisions of Cognitive & Motor Aging and Geriatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  She is a recipient and ambassador of the NIH Loan Repayment Program. She continues to mentor current Ferkauf graduate students enrolled in the clinical neuropsychology minor as they embark upon their own clinical neuropsychology journey. The objective of her research is to investigate the psychophysical, functional, and anatomical correlates of multisensory integration and to determine whether such processes are associated with specific cognitive and motor outcomes in aging.


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