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Department Chair
Paul Michael Ramirez

Ph.D., Psychology  
City University of New York, 1990
Dr. Ramirez completed his doctoral degree in psychology at The City College of The City University of New York with a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology and a subspecialization in Clinical Psychopathology while on a National Science Foundation Fellowship.  He has also earned an M.Phil. in Psychology from the Graduate School & University Center, City University of New York in 1987, an M.A. Degree in Psychology from the City College of New York in 1980, and an M.A. Degree in Reading Disabilities with a postgraduate year studying Learning Disabilities at New York University (1975-76). In addition to being Licensed to Practice Psychology in New York, Dr. Ramirez is certified in hypnosis, clinical biofeedback, and in the treatment of substance use disorders. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Neuropsychology Group, New York Academy of Traumatic Brain Injury, and the North Carolina Biofeedback Society. He was also appointed to the New York State Psychology Board by the New York State Board of Regents and is currently serving his term of office. He has also served as a Board member of the Head Injury Association of New York State. An interest in crisis intervention led to his appointment as Director of Psychiatric Services for the 1994 and 1999 Woodstock Music Festivals where he and several LIU clinical students spent several sleepless, but clinically productive, nights.

Research/Clinical Interests:  Clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment, psychopharmacology, biofeedback, individual and couples psychotherapy, traumatic brain injury and hypnosis.  Research interests include the phenomenology and neuropsychology of schizophrenia, psychopharmacology, psychopathology, cross-cultural issues, and health psychology

Recent Publications:
A Bankole, C Cohen, I Vahia, S Diwan, Ramirez PM Factors Affecting Quality of Life in a Multiracial Sample of    
                Older persons with  Schizophrenia. American Journal of Geriatirc Psychiatry, in press

Diwan S, C Cohen, A Bankole, I Vahia, M Kehn, PM Ramirez  Alleviating Depression in Older Adults with
                Schizophrenia. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (accepted).

Tomarken A, Holland J, Schachter S, Vanderwerker L, Zuckerman E, Nelson C, Coups E, Ramirez PM, Prigerson      H. 
                 Factors of complicated grief pre-death in caregivers of cancer patients. Psychooncology. 2007 Apr 18;

Consedine NS, Horton D, Ungar, T, Joe, AK, Ramirez P, Borrell L. (2006) Fear, knowledge, and efficacy beliefs          
                differentially predict the frequency of digital rectal examination versus prostate specific antigen screening    
                in ethnically diverse samples of older men. American J of Men's Health
Garno JL, Goldberg JF, Ramirez PM, Ritzler BA. (2005) Bipolar disorder with comorbid cluster B personality
                disorder features: impact on suicidality. J Clin Psychiatry. 2005; Mar;66(3):339-45.

Garno, JL, Goldberg, JF, Ramirez, PM, Ritzler, B. (2005) Impact of child abuse on the clinical course of bipolar         
                disorder, British J. of  Psychiatry, 2005; Feb;186: 121-125..

Opler, L.A., Ramirez, P.M., Dominguez, L., Johnson, P. (2004) Rethinking Medication Prescribing Practices in            
                 Hispanics.  Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 10 (2):1-7.

Cohen, CI, Ramirez,  PM, Kehn, M, Magai, C, Eimicke, J., Brenner, R (2003) Assessing quality of life in older schizophrenic persons.
                Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 11:6, November-December.

Opler, L.A. & Ramirez, P.M. (1999) The Informant Questionnaire for the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale      
                (IQ-PANSS).  Toronto, Canada: Multi-Health Systems Publications, Inc.

Opler, L.A. & Ramirez, P.M. (1998) The Use of the Positive & Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) in Clinical              
                Practice. Journal of Practical Psychiatry & Behavioral Health; 4:157-162.

Opler, L.A., Klahr, D., & Ramirez, P.M. (1995) Pharmacologic treatment of delusional disorders.
            Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 18, 2, 379-391.

Klahr, D., Opler, L.A., & Ramirez, P.M. (1995) Cognitive deficits in affective disorders and schizophrenia.
            American Journal of Psychiatry , 152, 2, 303.


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