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Dr. Gail H. Ironson

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry

University of Miami

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5821 San Amaro Drive

Coral Gables, Florida 33146

United States

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Society of Behavioral Medicine

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Radford University


University of Miami


Stanford University


quantitative psychology

University of Wisconsin

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Research Award Recipients « EMDR Research [cached]

Gail Ironson, MD, Ph.D. | University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL

Project title - The Effect of Three Treatments for Recent Trauma on Trauma-related Cognitions
This research project involves a comparison between three interventions (EMDR, stress management, and standard care) to "mitigate the development of PTSD and to protect the psychological and physical health in disadvantaged people. "Aim 1: Effect of EMDR on outcome Variables: To determine the efficacy of EMDR compared to group administered stress management with a trauma focus (STRESS), and a psychological first aid control group on psychosocial and health outcome variables. "Aim 2: Who benefits most from this brief intervention: predicting recovery for the outcome variables from the nature of the trauma, past trauma history, substance use, and borderline personality disorder?"
In September 2012, Dr. Ironson reports the preliminary results: In a study comparing the effectiveness of brief (4 sessions) treatment for acute traumatic stress, there was a significant effect of EMDR vs. Stress Management vs. Psychological First Aid on Post Traumatic Cognitions.

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Gail Ironson, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Miami, Miami, FL.

Philosophy | Chasing the Norm [cached]

"Even accounting for medications," says Dr. Gail Ironson, a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Miami who studies HIV and religious belief, "spirituality predicts for better disease control."

Religion | Chasing the Norm [cached]

"Even accounting for medications," says Dr. Gail Ironson, a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Miami who studies HIV and religious belief, "spirituality predicts for better disease control."

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This opened the way for new research: Shortly after this new kind of antiretroviral treatment became available, Gail Ironson, a professor of psychology at the University of Miami, recruited patients for a longitudinal study on HIV, and was later joined by Heidemarie Kremer, a former AIDS activist and researcher at Florida International University. Every six months during the first half of the study, participants would answer questions, write essays, and participate in interviews. Most of them were on medication when the study began, and that number went up as the study went on. Ironson said she and her team controlled for this kind of variation, along with other factors like demographics and substance abuse.

The researchers looked for qualitative signs that the participants were thinking or acting in religious or spiritual ways-mentions of God or prayer, for example. One patient "spoke about going back to church to help other people who had HIV who were basically under cover," Ironson said. "She felt chosen by God and found meaning in HIV, feeling that she had gotten HIV in order to help others. Another said he felt "he had gotten HIV so that God could get him to pay attention and change his lifestyle.
In a previous study, Ironson and her colleagues looked at how HIV-positive patients viewed God-as benevolent, loving, and merciful, or as harsh, judgmental and punishing. Although the researchers found that people with a positive view of God had significantly slower disease progression, "the true nature of God is clearly beyond the scope of this article," Ironson wrote. "While our finding that view of God predicts disease progression is noteworthy, it does not imply that view of God causes disease progression."
The same is true here. These findings are fascinating, but it's not clear how they could effectively be incorporated into treatment. It's uncertain what would happen "if we asked people to change their spirituality, to become more religious or spiritual, or engage in spiritual practices," Ironson said. "We don't really know from this study if that would increase their survival."
Plus, doctors can't exactly prescribe religion along with an antiretroviral triple cocktail. People might not be comfortable talking about religion and spirituality with their physicians, or might have concerns about religious discrimination. Ironson suggested doctors could start conversations with their patients about coping and see if they show any signs of interest in spirituality. But the topic has to be approached gingerly. "It's a controversial area," she said.

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