Gonzalez Awarded Prestigious Academy Appointment

As Fellow in Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, Ferkauf Professor Will Discuss Cutting-Edge Research With Field Experts

65135D-10Dr. Jeffrey Gonzalez, professor of psychology at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and a member of the departments of medicine and epidemiology and population health at YU-affiliated Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has been named a fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research.

Behavioral medicine is an interdisciplinary field combining both medicine and psychology, with the view that health problems are primarily behavioral in nature, as opposed to medical. Gonzalez’s research focuses on identifying psychological and cognitive factors involved in treatment adherence in chronic illness, such as diabetes. He has a particular interest in understanding how beliefs about illness and treatment relate to illness self-management, and how depression and distress are associated with worse outcomes in chronic illness.

As a fellow in the Academy, Gonzalez will connect with established scientists and thought leaders working in the field of behavioral medicine to exchange cutting-edge ideas.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for my work, but I also want to recognize the excellence of the research done by our exceptional students in our Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) PhD program and the impact that it has had,” said Gonzalez. “This award is as much a testament to their accomplishments as it is to my own. I hope it brings broader recognition to Ferkauf for excellence in training and research in clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine.”

“This is a significant achievement in Dr. Gonzalez’s career—he joins a very select group of academics in this very prestigious academy,” said Dr. Lawrence Siegel, dean of Ferkauf. “This accomplishment is in  recognition of his scholarly work in the area of psychological issues related diabetes.”

Dr. Roee Holtzer, professor of psychology and neurology, added, “Dr. Gonzalez’s election to the Academy is an outstanding and well-deserved achievement, and we are all truly delighted for him to have received this distinction.”