Cathy Berkman is an Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She received a B.S. from University of Vermont (in social welfare, sociology and anthropology), an M.S.W. from Boston University (community organization and gerontology) and a PhD from Yale University, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (psychosocial epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, aging). She was an NIMH Post-doctoral Fellow at the Columbia University School of Public Health, Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program and Research Associate at the Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology. Her research experience includes a wide range of studies with a focus on gerontology, including large epidemiologic community studies, intervention studies in inpatient and outpatient settings, and exploratory studies using mixed methods approaches. Dr. Berkman’s primary interests are in palliative and end-of-life care, including preferences for treatment and communication with health care providers and family, and the role of culture. She also conducts research on psychiatric distress, illness representation, and help-seeking preferences. She is currently Co-PI on a study of senior centers in New York City and Co-PI on the Palliative Care and Social Work Fellowship at GSSS. Dr. Berkman teaches research and statistics courses in the MSW and PhD program and research methods and statistics courses in the doctoral program.
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