Gail Ironson, PhD

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Dr. Ironson is a Professor of Health Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Miami and is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. She received her Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin, her M.D. from the University of Miami, and her residency training at Stanford. She has 250 publications in the field of behavioral medicine applied to HIV/AIDS, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, is current President of the Health Division of the International Positive Psychology Association, is past president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Society (a senior level organization by invitation only), and is a current or past member of the editorial board of five journals. She has directed or co-directed federally funded research studies investigating psychological factors in long survival with HIV/AIDS, stress management in HIV and cancer, massage therapy and immunity, and treatments for recovery from traumatic events. She has also received private foundation funding (Templeton, Fetzer) for work on Spirituality and Health. In addition, in 2011 she received a Senior Investigator Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine for her work in Spirituality and Health. Finally, she set up and runs the trauma treatment program at the University of Miami Psychological Services Center, which makes available to the community (on a sliding scale basis) both traditional (PE, CPT) and newer (EMDR) approaches to treatment.  Her current areas of focus include examining positive psychological factors (such as spirituality, compassion, meaning, positive affect, optimism, and emotional expression) and health, and recovery from trauma.