Erlene Rosowsky, Psy.D., is assistant clinical professor in psychology in the department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. In this capacity, she is affiliated with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Deaconess-Glover Hospitals. Dr. Rosowsky also teaches clinical geropsychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, where she is director of the Center for Mental Health and Aging. She is on the traveling faculty of the American Society of Aging and she teaches continuing education courses for mental health professionals of all disciplines throughout the United States.
Dr. Rosowsky is affiliated with Needham Psychotherapy Associates, a multidisciplinary private practice group in the greater Boston area. She has special expertise in conducting individual and couple therapy with people at midlife and beyond; these individuals often are coping with issues related to retirement, widowhood, serious illness, and caregiving.
In addition to her clinical work, she consults to a wide range of elder care systems including retirement communities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior centers.
Dr. Rosowsky is nationally recognized for her speeches and workshops for academic, professional, and lay audiences. She takes great pride in her ability to customize presentations so that they fit the needs of her audience. In recent years, she has been an invited speaker for the National Council on Aging; the American Society on Aging; the Gerontological Society of America; Psychologists in Long-term Care; the Michigan Department of Community Health; the Boston Alzheimer’s Symposium; the Westport-Weston United Way; the FDIC; and the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center Speaker’s Bureau.
Dr. Rosowsky is well published in the professional literature. Her books include the widely acclaimed Personality Disorders in Older Adults: Emerging Issues in Diagnosis and Treatment (Rosowsky, Abrams, and Zweig; Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999). She also writes a column for the Journal of Retirement Planning and she serves on the editorial board of Generations.
As a warm and humorous presenter, Dr. Rosowsky shares her wisdom as an aspiring elder herself and as a clinician who has focused on the journey into and through old age. Some of her presentation topics are:
Dr. Rosowsky is also a regular contributor to a cable television series called “Spotlight for Seniors.” Topics for this series have included:
In 2002, Dr. Rosowsky received the Florence Mintz Alumnae Award for her outstanding contributions to the profession of psychology.
She is a graduate of Boston University (B.S., 1965; Ed.M., 1968; C.A.G.S., 1980) and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (Psy.D., 1988). She was a National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School from 1998 until 1990.
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