Robert C Abrams   Professor of Psychiatry

Personality Disorders in the Aging

The overall objectives of Dr. Abrams' research are to investigate personality disorders and a broad range of personality dimensions in the elderly. Studies are concerned with the clinical significance of personality disorders and traits among geriatric depressives as possible predictors of relapse and recurrence of depression, and among both geriatric depressives and normal elderly subjects as predictors of institutionalization, quality of life, and disability. Comparisons with young adult subjects are used to examine the interactions of personality, affect, and aging.

This work is supported by NIMH Academic Career Award K07 MH01025. The specific aims of the project are to:

  1. Assess lifetime personality functioning in geriatric depressives and examine its relationship to the course and outcome of the affective disorder.
  2. Compare the personality functioning of elderly patients recovered from major depression and normal geriatric controls.
  3. Investigate the capacity of personality traits and disorders in geriatric subjects to predict the disability and quality of life associated with medical and psychiatric illness.

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Grants awarded

  • Psychiatric Outreach for The Homebound Elderly  awarded by Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation Principal Investigator 2008 - 2009
  • Research Fellowship in Geriatric Mood Disorders Key Personnel 2006 - 2011
  • Helpline for Concerned Others in the Lives of Elder Abuse Victims  awarded by Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation Key Personnel 2016 -

Background

Contact

full name

  • Dr. Robert C Abrams,

primary email

  • rabrams@med.cornell.edu

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Primary Affiliation

  • Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University