Dr. Elizabeth S. Gromisch is a 2015 graduate of the Clinical Psychology with Health Emphasis PhD program (with a minor in neuropsychology) at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She recently received the Harry Weaver Scholar Award, a career development award, from the National MS Society.
Prior to graduating from Ferkauf, she earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford while also minoring in the classical tradition and Japanese. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, CT. She is currently with the Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, Trinity Health Of New England in Hartford and holds appointments at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.
Dr. Gromisch has been an author on three dozen peer-reviewed articles and written material for chapters, books and primer articles. She has also 56 peer-reviewed presentations and symposia to her credit along with 16 invited presentations, symposia and workshops. Her research has received major funding from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and she has received other grants from such institutions as St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.
Congratulations on receiving a five-year Career Development Award from the National MS Society, with salary and research support for that period. What are the criteria for the award?
The Harry Weaver Scholar Award is for junior faculty who have a doctorate degree and are within seven years of completing their post-doctoral training. Individuals who apply for the Harry Weaver Scholar Award must also have or been offered an academic appointment that is the equivalent of assistant professor.
Can you explain the significance of this award for your career?
Because this is a five-year award that provides both salary and research support, it allows me to focus on a complex, multiyear research project. During this time I’ll be able to work closely with colleagues with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, self-management and mobile health (mHealth) technology to develop a novel, technology-based intervention for persons with multiple sclerosis.
How do you plan to use the recognition and resources that come with this award?
The project being supported by the Harry Weaver Scholar Award is an mHealth fatigue self-management program, which will provide persons with MS living with fatigue tools and information to help them manage their fatigue. Throughout the process of developing this program, we will be including persons with MS in every stage to make sure that it meets their needs. At the end of this award, my hope is that we have a feasible and potentially efficacious program that can help persons with MS improve their quality of life.
In what directions would you like to see your career go as you as you advance in your profession?
After developing a passion for MS research at Ferkauf, I’m excited that the Harry Weaver Scholar Award will allow me to focus on this area. I’m hoping to continue work on improved screening methods and using technology to offer psychosocial interventions to persons with MS.