- Courses taught: Health Psychology, Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care, Research Methods in Psychology
Dr. Gabrielle R. Chiaramonte has a longstanding interest in understanding and reducing factors that contribute to gender and health disparities in heart disease patients. Her research has identified and reconstituted experimentally conditions that are more likely to produce a gender bias and has provided evidence of the psychological processes underlying the bias. Results of her research will be used to develop an educational initiative to increase health care providers' understanding of gender differences in symptom presentation. With a focus on gender and race disparities, Dr. Chiaramonte is currently developing a behavioral intervention to decrease anxiety and depression and improve health outcomes in cardiac patients.
Dr. Chiaramonte received a predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the NIH (NRSA; 1F31MH076328-01) and a postdoctoral planning grant from the Weill Cornell Medical College Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). Her research has received numerous awards including the Clara Mayo Award for Research on Racism, Sexism, or Prejudice from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the Weill Cornell Medical College Faculty Council Award for Research Excellence.
Clinically, Dr. Chiaramonte has expertise in the psychiatric assessment and treatment of medically ill patients and patients who have experienced trauma and who may be suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or related psychological conditions. Dr. Chiaramonte has specialized training in prolonged exposure therapy, an evidence-based therapy for PTSD, and has worked with many 9/11 first responders and civilians as well as members of the US military, victims of accidents and crimes, and burn victims. She conducts psychiatric consultations, provides treatment to adult patients and conducts weekly support groups for families of children at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Burn Center.
Dr. Chiaramonte's clinical approach is integrative with a strong focus on cultivating an individual's strengths in order to improve coping and increase resilience and well-being. Dr. Chiaramonte completed training through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts' Medical Center and in 2014 founded The Stress Reduction Center (SRC) offering mindfulness-based interventions including the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to individuals and groups.