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Elissa Kozlov, Ph.D.

Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Instructor, School of Public Health

Elissa.Kozlov@rutgers.edu, (848) 932-6898
Dr. Kozlov received her PhD in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis with dual focuses in Clinical Psychology and Aging and Developmental Psychology. Following graduate school, she completed an internship in geropsychology at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto, Caliornia. She then pursued at T32 fellowship at Weill Cornell Medicine in Behavioral Geriatrics. Throughout graduate school and internship, Dr. Kozlov completed clinical rotations in settings that serve older adults and adults with serious illness including hospice, palliative care, cancer hospitals and nursing homes.

Dr. Kozlov has two complimentary research areas. One area focuses on improving psychological outcomes for older adults and adults with serious illness. As part of this line of research, Dr. Kozlov has documented the gaps in mental health care within palliative care as well as the trajectory and prevalence of depressive symptoms at the end of life. Dr. Kozlov is currently working on a KL2 grant to pilot mHealth mindfulness therapy with caregivers of older adults with cognitive impairment to determine its feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy at improvign quality of life and reducing caregiver stress anxiety and depression. Dr. Kozlov”s other area of research focuses on how to increase overall access to, awareness of, and knowledge about palliative care. As part of this research program, she developed the Palliative Care Knowledge Scale (PaCKS), a brief scale designed to assess layperson knowledge of palliative care and piloted a brief web-based intervention to improve knowledge of palliative care. She also documented knowledge deficits surrounding palliative care and analyzed web-based palliative care information pages to better understand what information about palliative care is available to laypersons.Dr. Kozlov has also developed scales and methodology to assess unmet palliative care needs in community-dwelling older adults who attend congregate meal sites (e.g., senior centers).

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