Team Members

Theresa Jordan, Ph.D - Principal Investigator

University Affiliation: New York University (NYU)
Phone: (212) 998-5378 Email: theresa.jordan@nyu.edu

Dr. Jordan's research and scholarly writings target the interface of psychology and medicine. She came to her position at New York University from a decade on the faculty of the Department of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where she developed programmatic research on medical decision making. This body of work emphasized biases in physicians' decisions associated with patient age, race and gender, and pioneered the use of decision modeling to capture both judgments of fact and judgments of value. She has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, Health Canada, and other national and international agencies to assist in integrating her research findings into health care policies. Her most recent book, Understanding Medical Information (McGraw-Hill, 2001) distills much of her experience in academic medicine, with the aim of making medical research more accessible to psychologists, educators, and other non-physician professionals. While much of Dr. Jordan's research has utilized cutting-edge quantitative methods, including formal decision modeling and pattern recognition approaches to artificial intelligence, her work also spans the qualitative domain. One of her ongoing investigations, which makes use of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, focuses on the impact of central nervous system cancers on the development of young children. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Lung Association, Health Canada, and the Department of Defense, as well as private sources. She is presently completing a book for McGraw-Hill which explores the psychological impacts of medical illness across the life span. Dr. Jordan has recently served as President of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research.

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D.
  • M.A.
  • B.A.

Awards

  • International Scientist of the Year, 2002
  • Exceptional Merit Award, New Jersey Medical School
  • Admission to the American Academy of Educational Researchers
  • Daniel E. Griffith's Award for Distinguished and Innovative Research

Research Interests

  • Impact of medical illness on human development
  • Biases in decision making
  • Mathematical modeling of decision processes

Courses Taught

  • Research Design in the Behavioral Sciences
  • Psychological Test and Scale Construction
  • Dissertation Proposal Seminar

Recent Publications

  • Jordan, T. J. ( September, 2001). Understanding medical information. NY: McGraw-Hill.
  • Jordan, T. J. & Montgomery, R. L. (2001) Making meaning of internet-based health information: Introducing the deconstruction/recontextualization model (DRM). In H. R. Arabnia,, M. Elloumi,, E. Falkenauer, C. Hand, Y-J Hu, , T. J. Jordan, Masero-Vargas
  • Jordan, T. J. & Montgomery, R. L. (2000). Use of traditional analytic methods versus neural networks to assess risk: The example of HIV seropositive patients with pulmonary complications. Mathematics and engineering techniques in medicine and biological
  • American Thoracic Society/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Writing Team. (2000). Targeted tuberculin testing of latent tuberculosis infection. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 161(Suppl): 221-247.
  • Jordan, T. J., Montgomery, R. L., & LaSorsa, K. (Fall, 1999). The paradoxical role of HIV disease in the decision to inoculate First Nations infants with BCG vaccine. Tubercle and Lung Disease: Journal of the International Union Against Tuberculosis

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Richard Montgomery, DDS, M.P.H.

University Affiliation: University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey (UMDNJ)

Dr. Montgomery is an Associate Professor of Oral Pathology, Biology, and Diagnostic Sciences at UMDNJ. He aims to educate pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students and to offer continuing education courses to the members of the dental and allied professions in the disciplines of Histology, General, Systemic and Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Diagnostic Sciences, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. At UMDNJ Dr. Montgomery offers a curriculum that will integrate and coordinate the diverse departmental disciplines into a cohesive, sequential pattern of learning. With his students, he integrates the social, interpersonal, and clinical skills needed in applying diagnostic sciences to patients, as well as incorporates problem-solving and critical thinking into all facets of the teaching and patient care programs. Lastly, Dr. Montgomery teaches skills that enable students to be life-long learners, teaches students to provide evidence-based service to our patients in a highly ethical, caring environment, creates, and disseminates new knowledge.

Degrees Held

  • MPH
  • DDS

Research Interest

  • Decision Analysis
  • Informatics
  • Neural Networks
  • Survey Research

Courses Taught

  • Oral Pathology
  • Biology
  • Diagnostic Sciences

Recent Publications

  • Jordan, T. J. & Montgomery, R. L. (2001) Making meaning of internet-based health information: Introducing the deconstruction/recontextualization model(DRM). In H. R. Arabnia,, M. Elloumi,, E. Falkenauer, C. Hand, Y-J Hu, T. J. Jordan, Masero-Vargas
  • Jordan, T. J. & Montgomery, R. L. (2000). Use of traditional analytic methods versus neural networks to assess risk: The example of HIV seropositive patients with pulmonary complications. Mathematics and engineering techniques in medicine and biological
  • Jordan, T. J., Montgomery, R. L., & LaSorsa, K. (Fall, 1999). The paradoxical role of HIV disease in the decision to inoculate First Nations infants with BCG vaccine. Tubercle and Lung Disease: Journal of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and
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Daniel C. Rudofossi, Ph.D. - Co-investigator

University Affiliation: New York University (NYU)
Phone: (212) 879-3759 Email: DocP38@aol.com

Dr. Dan Rudofossi spent more than a decade as street cop and licensed psychologist conducting research, ambulatory interventions, and assessments, with hundreds of police officers. Dr. Dan is a Fellow in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Albert Ellis Institute, and certified in Psychodynamics Psychotherapy, New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Society; and Clinician Diplomate in Logotherapy, Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. He has interviewed, assessed, and treated hundreds of officers in his extensive clinical, treatment, and research experience as Uniform Psychologist/Police Sergeant, New York Police Department. Dr. Dan continues in his private practice to work with traumatized police officers, and he is an active police surgeon with the NYC HRAPD, is a professor at NYU, and is on the Board of Advisors, Saybrook University, Clinical Police Psychology Ph.D. Program.

Degrees Held

  • Ph. D.
  • M.A.
  • M.A.
  • B.A.

Research Interest

  • Police Complex PTSD
  • Trauma and Loss of police officer-patients
  • Mental and Behavioral Disorders in police populations

Courses Taught

  • Educational Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Theories of Personality

Recent Publications

  • Rudofossi, D. and RR Ellis (1999, August) The Effects of Cumulative Trauma in The Emergence of Defenses, Resistance and styles of coping mechanisms in Affective Differential Profiles of Police Officers. Symposium given at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Rudofossi, D. (2004). Establishing a therapeutic alliance with the police and public safety officer by enhancing cultural competence – A participant observers reflections for the practicing clinician. Journal of New York State Psychological Association, Notebook, Vol. XVI, No. 4 July/August 2004, 13-15.
  • Rudofossi, D. (2006). Working with traumatized police officer-patients: A clinicians guide to Complex PTSD syndromes in Public Safety Populations. New York: Baywood Press.
  • American Psychological Association, New Orleans Division of Public Safety (2006). Theory and Technique of An Eco-Ethological Existential Analysis of Police and Public Safety Complex PTSD.
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Gary Dillon - Assistant Research Scientist/Team Leader/Forum Administrator

University Affiliation: New York University (NYU)

Gary Dillon is a first year, Master Degree candidate in NYU's Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness in the Steinhardt School of Education. After receiving his Master's degree Gary plans to pursue a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Gary received his B.A. in Applied Psychology at NYU, at which point he joined Dr. Jordan's research team. Gary being someone who was never really interested in research says, "Being on Dr. Jordan's team has been a wonderful experience where I have learned much about research and myself as well." Gary is the Student Team Leader and Forum Administrator of the research team. His duties include, but are not limited to: managing, organizing and facilitating a portion of all research studies and team meetings, having constant communication between team members, professionals in psychology and other closely related fields, as well as specific organizations and foundations that may be interested in or benefit from the team's research.

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Mark Kim - Junior Research Scientist

University Affiliation: New York University (NYU)

Mark Kim is currently a second year Masters student at New York University in the Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness Program. His research interests are in medical psychology particularly in people's decision making in treating medical illnesses and forensic psychology. Upon completion of the program, Mark plans on obtaining his doctoral degree in psychology.

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Michele Pesce - Research Assistant

University Affiliation: New York University (NYU)

Michele Pesce is a first year Master's degree candidate in the Mental Health and Wellness Program at NYU Steinhardt School of Education. Michele received her B. A. in Psychology from the University at Albany. She is currently interested in the field of Health Psychology, specifically how chronic illness plays a role in psychological health. After receiving her Master's degree, Michele is interested in pursuing a Doctoral degree in Health Psychology.

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Christina DiBella - Research Assistant

University Affiliation: New York University (NYU)

Christina DiBella is a second year Graduate Student in the Masters Program for Educational Psychology at NYU. She is currently working as an Instructional Assistant in Applied Behavioral Analysis for children with Autism and Asperger's Disorders. Christina ultimately wishes to continue working towards enriching the lives of children with pervasive developmental disorders and disabilities, and their families. She is also interested in pursuing a PhD program in child clinical psychology.

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Romina Bromberg - Research Assistant

University Affiliation: New York University (NYU)

Romina Bromberg is senior at New York University. She is majoring in Psychology and Pre-Health in the College of Arts and Sciences. After graduation, Romina plans on doing medical research for one year preferably relating to cancer, AIDS, or cardiovascular diseases. Following that year, she will attend medical school, where she will pursue her career choice as a physician.

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Anna K. Touloumakos - International Collaborator

University Affiliation: University of Oxford

Anna K. Touloumakos, received her B.A in Psychology from the School of Philosophy, University of Athens, Greece in year 2000. She pursued her academic aspirations through obtaining her M.A in Psychological Measurement and Evaluation, in 2002 at the department of Applied Psychology, New York University, US. Returning to Greece, she envisioned the application of the principles of psychometric theory in the field of career guidance and thus three years later received her M.S. in Career Guidance and Counseling. Anna took two years off from school to work as a research officer with EC funded programs mainly in the field of education.
Since October 2006 Anna joined the SKOPE centre and the department of Educational Studies at Oxford University, UK as D.Phil. student. Throughout the years of her D.Phil. Anna is expected to undertake research towards the development of a methodology and a respective methodological tool to assess interpersonal skills within certain organizational environments. Her principal research interests summarize to principles and applications of psychometric theory, and cross-cultural comparisons in cognitive bias and prejudice in medical decision making. Upon completion of her D.Phil. Anna envisages remaining in the broader academic area undertaking research within the realms of her primary research interests.

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