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Dr. Jeffrey Gonzalez was recently awarded a 5-year (9/01/2013-6/30/2018) R18 grant for over $2.5M in total costs from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This project, “Translating telephonic diabetes self-management support to primary care practice,” involves a close collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) and co-investigators at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The project involves an effectiveness evaluation of a behavioral intervention to improve type 2 diabetes self-management, reduce levels of emotional distress, and increase the number of participants meeting recommendations for control of blood sugars, blood pressure, and cholesterol. The intervention builds on a health-educator-delivered, telephone-based approach to support patients in performing diabetes self-management, developed by Dr. Elizabeth Walker (Co-Investigator) at Albert Einstein. The new project builds on this successful approach by adding components aimed at improving emotional distress, which is common among adults with diabetes and is linked to problems with diabetes self-management and poor health outcomes. The investigation also seeks to improve on prior work by integrating the delivery of the intervention with primary care practice. The intervention will be implemented in various NYC primary care practices through the NYC DOHMH Primary Care Information Project (PCIP), which seeks to improve the quality of care in underserved communities through the use of health information technology. Dr. Winfred Wu (Co-PI), Director of Public Health Informatics within the PCIP will work closely with Dr. Gonzalez to implement the program in a manner that is cost-effective, sustainable, and has the potential for widespread dissemination to other settings. Ferkauf graduate students will work with Dr. Gonzalez and collaborators on the evaluation of the intervention’s implementation and outcomes. They will also have the opportunity to use the data we collect to support pre-doctoral and dissertation theses.
Dr. Seng, completed her undergraduate work in psychology at Kent State University. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the health psychology track at Ohio University, where she studied behavioral factors in the treatment of headache, pain, and HIV. She completed her internship and post-doctoral work at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale School of Medicine, where she developed integrated health psychology clinics in neurology and studied headache and pain in veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Seng’s research interests include behavioral factors in the pharmacological and behavioral treatment of headache disorders and other chronic disorders with episodic symptoms. Her clinical interests include integration of health psychology into specialty care settings, interdisciplinary collaboration in patient care, and the use of brief behavior change interventions in neurological disorders. She also has an interest in physician education and has taught motivational interviewing to residents and medical students at Yale School of Medicine and Ohio College of Medicine.
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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