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Sasha Rudenstine
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York
Phone: 212-650-5658
Room Number: 8/122 B
Training Area: Clinical Psychology @ City College
Research Interests: Manifestation of psychopathology over the life course with a particular focus on urban marginalized populations, psychological repercussions of cumulative trauma, patterns of psychiatric symptomatology, and how to apply a life course framework to clinical interventions.
Sasha Rudenstine is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State and a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Psychology at CCNY.  She is also on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, City University of New York and an Adjunct Research Scientist at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbic University. After completing her doctoral training at CUNY in 2012, Dr. Rudenstine did her internship at Beth Israel Medical Center and was a Department of Epidemiology Merit Fellow at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
Dr. Rudenstine’s research interest lies in how genetic and environmental factors affect the manifestation of psychopathology over the life course, especially among urban populations, and how determinants at multiple levels – individual, network, and community – influence the prevalence, trajectories, and treatment of mental disorders.  Additionally, her research examines patterns and consequences of cumulative trauma over the life course, including the particular contributions of cumulative trauma to disparities in mental health and health behaviors. She is committed to continuing to examine how a life course framework can inform interventions to improve health in different contexts.
Dr. Rudenstine runs the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group Program and the RISE Group Therapy Program at The Psychological Center.   

Research and Scholarship Group
Dr. Rudenstine runs the INTERSECT Lab at CCNY.
The INTERSECT Lab is a clinical and epidemiological research program that examines the intersection of trajectories of well-being and the urban functioning poor.  What are extraordinary events for many individuals are daily experiences in the lives of this population. And yet, while such stressors may become commonplace, they affect daily functioning and arguably long-term health outcomes.  The INTERSECT Lab adopts a multi-level approach and ecological framework to understanding the cumulative effect of these chronic and yet quotidian experiences on well-being.  We aim to examine and reassess frequently used terms such as trauma, health, family systems, and poverty to reflect the experiences that are relevant and specific to an urban marginalized population with the aim of promoting appropriate and targeted interventions and policies.  In this vein, we are redefining “extraordinary” life course phenomenon.
The INTERSECT Lab aims to examine three distinct dimensions of health as well as points of intersection:
  1. Well-being among marginalized urban populations
Using socioeconomic status and geographic location, we aim to determine what percent of the US population meets criteria for ‘marginalized urban’. Additionally, we will identify those experiences that are unique to this population and which affect short- and long-term health outcomes.These explorations will inform interventions and policies that can improve health outcomes for marginalized urban population.
  1. Daily stressors over the life course
An abundance of research examines the long-term outcomes of trauma on well-being.However, less attention has been given to understanding the role of daily stressors on everyday functioning or long-term health.Within urban settings, such experiences are significantly more unique for marginalized populations. Our Lab explores the effect of such experiences on psychological health in a clinical care setting as well as at a population level.
  1. Clinical care: Access to, utilization, and long-term outcomes
Urban marginalized populations have access to disproportionally fewer mental health services and are less likely to receive care than non-Hispanic White Americans despite having similar rates of mental disorders.Similarly, due to the scarcity of resources, few urban community-based mental health clinics measure trajectories of clinical care or treatment outcomes.The INTERSECT Lab launched the Psychotherapy Evaluation and Clinical Effectiveness (PEACE) and Child Health and Psychotherapy (CHAP) Programs to study the (1) individual-level factors that mediate treatment outcomes among patients of an urban community-based setting, (2) effectiveness of psychodynamic individual therapy on a number of patient outcomes throughout the course of one’s treatment, and (3) role of stigma (individual and institutional) on the utilization and retention of psychological services among an urban marginalized population.
Selected Publications, Presentations, and Awards
Rudenstine, S, Espinosa, A, McGee, AB, Morales, AM, Wright, L, Cancelmo, L. (2017). The interaction of trait emotional intelligence, adverse childhood events, and adult trauma on adult psychological functioning. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Rudenstine, S, Cancelmo, L, Wright, L, Morales, AM, Hernandez, M, Pickett, L, Tuber, S. (2017). Bridging psychotherapy practice and research: Program Evaluation of a community-based mental health clinic. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Rudenstine, S, Prescott, MR, Sampson, L, Liberzon, I, Tamburrino, M, Calabrese, J. Galea, S. Adverse childhood events and the risk for new onset depression and posttraumatic stress disorder among US National Guard soldiers. Military Medicine, 2015;180(9):972-978.
Rudenstine, S, Galea, S. Preventing brain disorders: A framework for action. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2015; 50(5): 833-841.
Galea, S, Fried, LP, Walker, JR, Rudenstine, S, Glover, JW, Begg, M. Developing the new Columbia Core Curriculum: A case study in managing radical curriculum change. American Journal of Public Health, 2015; 105: S17-21.
Rudenstine, S., Galea, S.  Terrorism and its impact on mental health. In Violence and mental health: Short and long term impact on affected populations. ed. Lindert, J., Levav, I., Weisskopf, M. Springer Publishers, 2015.
Rudenstine, S. Galea, S. The behavioral consequences of disasters: A five stage model of population behavior. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, January 2014.
Rudenstine, S, Galea, S. Reimaging emergency health policy, a focus on population mental health. Harvard Health Policy Review. 2014; 15(1); 14-16.
Koenen, K., Rudenstine, S, Susser, E, Galea, S (editors). Life Course Epidemiology of Mental Disorders. United Kingdom: Oxford Press, 2013.
Rudenstine, S. Life Course epidemiology of depression. In Lifecourse epidemiology of mental disorders. ed. Koenen, K., Rudenstine, S, Susser, E, Galea, S (editors). Life Course Epidemiology of Mental Disorders. Oxford Press, 2013.
Rudenstine, S, Galea, S. The Causes and Behavioral Consequences of Disasters: Models Informed by the Global Experience 1950-2005. New York, NY: Springer Publishers, 2011.
Rudenstine, S. Life Course epidemiology of depression. In Lifecourse epidemiology of mental disorders. ed. Koenen, K., Rudenstine, S, Susser, E, Galea, S (editors). Life Course Epidemiology of Mental Disorders. Oxford Press, 2013.
Hadley C, Rudenstine S, Galea S. How vulnerabilities and capacities shape population health after disasters. In Interdisciplinary urban health research and practice. ed. Freudenberg N, Saegert S, Klitzman S. San Francisco, CA: John-Wiley and Sons, 2009.

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