Deborah L. Pollack, Ph.D.
Dr. Pollack joined the psychology faculty in 2020. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University and completed her clinical internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2006. She received her M.A. in Psychology from Duquesne in 2000 and her B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1998.
Dr. Pollack is a qualitative researcher and her work is informed by a feminist-psychodynamic perspective. Her past research explored how socio-cultural factors influence maternal attachment and emotional expression, and how this shapes women's relationships to food and their bodies. Her current research is focused on improving maternal mental health with therapeutic interventions designed to help women work through ambivalent feelings towards their children.
Dr. Pollack has worked as a clinical psychologist across various settings, with a specialty in clinical health psychology. She is also certified as a therapist and teacher of intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP). Dr. Pollack is very involved in the Central New York Psychological Association (CNYPA), where she served as President in 2015 and 2016 and received the "Psychologist of the Year" award in 2013. She is currently the Communications Officer and website chair for CNYPA.
Dr. Pollack is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Psychiatry Department at SUNY Upstate Medical University and a Clinical Supervisor and Instructor in the Psychology Department at Syracuse University. In both settings she provides supervision and instruction to doctoral students in clinical psychology. She also maintains a small private practice where she provides psychotherapy, assessment, and clinical supervision.
- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006.
- Dissertation: “Negotiating Boundaries from Within: A Feminist-Psychodynamic Investigation of Bulimia and Emotional Expression in Context.”
- Internship: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, 2006.
- M.A. Psychology, Duquesne University, Pitttsburgh, PA 2000.
- B.A., Psychology, Philosophy, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD, 1998.
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