Jo Anne Sirey   Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry

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Dr. Sirey is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Clinical Director of the Geriatric Outpatient Service of the Weill-Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from City University of New York and completed a post-doctoral Fellowship at Weill-Cornell Medical College. Dr. Sirey is the Director of Community Network Unit of the Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry. In this role, she helps to build and sustain partnerships with the community to foster research collaborations and improve the delivery mental health care to older adults in community settings.  Her research interests include the development, implementation and dissemination of psychosocial interventions to improve engagement and participation in mental health treatment. Dr. Sirey documented the negative impact of stigma on mental health treatment participation and adherence to antidepressant medication.

Dr. Sirey has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to the use of mental health services among depressed community dwelling elders (NIMH R01 079865) and to conduct a multi-site study of a brief psychosocial intervention to improve treatment adherence among depressed elders in primary care settings (NIMH R01 087557). In addition to her research, Dr. Sirey is implementing multiple service delivery projects to bring evidence-based psychotherapy to hard-to-reach adults with mental health needs. With funding from FEMA through a large New York State Block Grant (1.4 million), Dr. Sirey and her team are testing a model of mental health service delivery for older adults living in NYC communities affected by Superstorm Sandy. This work is in collaboration with the New York Department for the Aging. The project, called SMART-MH, provides assessments and psychotherapy to adults in all five boroughs of New York City in four languages (Chinese, Spanish, English and Russian). 

With the support of The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Dr. Sirey and her team in collaboration with the NYC Department for the Aging have developed PROTECT, a multicomponent mental health intervention for victims of abuse. PROTECT includes screening, education and brings Problem Solving Therapy to depressed elder abuse victims to improve both mental health and elder abuse outcomes. In addition, she is working on building the sustainability of bilingual clinicians in community settings.

In addition to her research, Dr. Sirey is the Chair of the Westchester County Geriatric Mental Health Collaborative, an interdisciplinary group of aging and mental health providers, consumers, and advocates, who work to improve access and quality of mental health care for the County's elders. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance and is a reviewer for The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) for SAMHSA. Dr. Sirey is a frequent reviewer for National Institute of Health review panels as an expert on stigma and depression in later life.   Dr. Sirey has published extensively in peer review journals and is the recipient of a numbers of awards.



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  • Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University