Gail H Ironson


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With over 250 publications Dr. Ironson has directed federally funded research studies investigating psychological factors in long survival with HIV, stress management, positive psychological factors and coping, spirituality, and treatments for traumatized individuals.

She is currently President of the American Psychosomatic Society and is Past President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and the Health Division of IPPA. She has been on the editorial board of 5 journals and has have received 4 awards for her work – most recently from the International Positive Psychology Association for her research on Positive Psychology and Health.

Other awards include from Society of Behavioral Medicine for her work on Spirituality and Health, from the Academy of College of Consult-Liaison Psychiatrists, and the Alumni Professor Award from the University of South Florida.

Finally, she set up and directs the Trauma Treatment Program (with Dr. Blanche Freund), which trains students and treats community people on a sliding scale. Her current areas of focus include examining positive psychological factors and health (especially spirituality) and trauma. She is currently the PI on a Templeton funded grant which is the 6 year follow-up examining the predictive power of positive psychological factors and spirituality for health and survival from a nationwide sample.



1986M.D. , University of Miami School of Medicine
1990Residency , Stanford University