Professor of Health Psychology, & Board Certified Psychiatrist
Gail Ironson, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Miami and a Board Certified Psychiatrist. She received her Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin, her M.D. from the University of Miami, and her residency training at Stanford. She has 250 publications in the field of behavioral medicine applied to HIV/AIDS, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, is current President of the Health Division of the International Positive Psychology Association, is past President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Society and is a current or past member of the editorial board of five journals. She has directed or co-directed federally funded research studies investigating psychological factors predicting longevity, stress management in HIV and cancer, massage therapy and immunity, and treatments for recovery from traumatic events. Finally, she set up and runs the trauma treatment program at the University of Miami Psychological Services Center, which makes available to the community (on a sliding scale basis) both traditional and newer approaches to treatment. Her current areas of focus include examining positive psychological factors (such as spirituality, compassion, meaning, positive affect, optimism, and emotional expression) and health, and recovery from trauma.