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Emily Porensky, PhD

1670 Upham Dr
246 Atwell Hall
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: (614) 293-1927

Email: porensky.2@osu.edu


Current OSU Appointments

Assistant Professor-Clinical, Psychiatry

Assistant Professor, Psychology


Academic Advising

2010 - present Weiskittle, Rachel The Ohio State University. Predicting distress of parents with advanced cancer with children living at home AND End-of-Life Hospital Experiences and Family Member Post-Loss Depressive Symptoms
2011 - present Sycks, Kimberly The Ohio State University.
2011 - present Slaven, Katherine The Ohio State University.
2013 - present Lukasz Lozanski The Ohio State University.
2011 - 2012 Haq, Ayesha The Ohio State University Medical Center.
2012 - 2013 Wilson, Johanna The Ohio State University Medical Center.


2012 - present Psychologist: Ohio State Board of Psychology

Clinical Services

06/01/2011 Brain Tumor Support Group (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center)
10/01/2011 Pathways Grief Support Group (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center)
10/01/2012 Psychosocial Oncology (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The James Cancer Hospital)


2012 None Indicated, Ohio State University Medical Center, The


Editorial Activities

present Clinical Gerontologist
present Psycho-Oncology

Journal Articles

Kissel, E.C., Pukay-Martin, N.D., & Bornstein, R.A.. "The Relationship Between Age Cognitive Function in HIV- Infected Men." Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. Vol. 17, (January 2005.): 180-184.

Adler, J.M. Kissel, E.C., & McAdams, D.P.. "Emerging from the CAVE:Attributional Style and the Narrative Study of Identity in Midlife Adults." Cognitive Therapy and Reserch. Vol. 30, (January 2006.): 39-51.

Kissel, E.C., Carpenter, B.D.. "It's All in the Details: Physician Variability in Disclosing a Dementia Diagnosis." Aging and Mental Health. Vol. 11, (January 2007.): 273-280.

Carpenter, B.D., Kissel, E.C., & Lee, M.M.. "Preferences and Life Evaluations of Older Adults with and without Dementia Reliability, Stability and Proxy Knowledge." Psychology and Aging. Vol. 22, (January 2007.): 650-655.

Porensky, E.K.,& Carpenter, B.D.. "Knowledge and Perceptions in Advance Care Planning." Journal of Aging and Health. Vol. 20, (January 2008.): 89-106.

Porensky, E.K.,. "Older Adults Could Know more About CPR." NORC Newsletter. (January 2008.): -.

Carpenter, B.D., Xiong, C., Porensky, E.K., Lee, M.M., Brown, P.J., Coats, M., Johnson, D., Morris, J.C.. "Reaction to a Demintia Diagnosis in Individuals with Alzhelimer's Disease and Mild Cognitive Inpairment." Journal of American Geriatrics Society. Vol. 56, (January 2008.): 405-412.

Porensky,Emily,K; Carpenter,Brian,D. "Knowledge and perceptions in advance care planning." JOURNAL OF AGING AND HEALTH. Vol. 20, no. 1. (February 2008.): 89-106.

Porensky, E.K., Dew, M.A., Karp, J.F., Skidmore, E., Rollman, B., Shear, M.K. & Lenze, E.J.. "The Burden of Late Life Generalization Anxiety Disorder: Effect on Disability, Health Related Quality of Life , and Health Care Utilization." American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Vol. 17, (January 2009.): 473-482.

Porensky, E.K., & Carpenter, B.D. "It's All in the Details: Physician Variability on Disclosing a Diagnosis of Dementia." Signpost. Vol. na, (February 2009.): na-.

Zaleta,Alexandra,K; Carpenter,Brian,D; Porensky,Emily,K; Xiong,Chengjie; Morris,John,C. "Agreement on Diagnosis Among Patients, Companions, and Professionals After a Dementia Evaluation." ALZHEIMER DISEASE & ASSOCIATED DISORDERS. Vol. 26, no. 3. (July 2012.): 232-237.

Wells-Di Gregorio, S.M., Porensky, E.K., Minotti, M., Brown, S., Snapp, J., Taylor, R.M., Adolph, M.D. et al.. "The James Supportive Care Screening: Integrating science and practice to meet the NCCN guidelines for distress management at a comprehensive cancer center.." Psycho-Oncology. -.



"Fatigue and Neuropsychological Performance in HIV Infection." Presented at Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Baltimore. (February 2004)

"Emerging from the CAVE: Attributional Style and the Narrative Study of Identity in Midlife Adults." Presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX. (February 2004)

"Disclosing a Dementia Diagnosis: Multiple Approaches to One Process." Presented at Annual Meeting of the Gerotological Society of America, Orlando. (November 2005)

"Adult Children's Knowledg of Older Patients Preferemces." Presented at New Methods for Analysis of Family and Dyadic Processes Confrence, Amherst, MA. (October 2006)

"Older Adults' Knowledge of Advance Directives." Presented at Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America, Dallas. (November 2006)

"The Power of Expressive Writing." Presented at Brookdale Foundation NAtional Group Respite Program Confrence, St. Louis, MO. (October 2007)

"Patient and Caregiver Worries in Dementia Diagnostic Disclosure." Presented at Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco. (November 2007)

"IRT Analysis of Binary Response Caregories in the 15-item GDS." Presented at Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Washington D.C.. (November 2008)

"Bereavement service preferences and utilization of family members of patients who died in the hospital." Presented at The Ohio State University Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, . (April 2011)

"Sources of Distress for Cancer Patients with Children." Presented at The Ohio State University Denman Undergraduate Research Forum,, . (April 2011)

"Family Member Distress with Hospital End-of-Life Experiences: Finances Matter.." Presented at The American Psychosocial Oncology Conference, . (February 2012)

"Distress and Quality of life in Patient with Primary Brain Tumors." Presented at Center for Palliative Care Grand Rounds Lecture Series, . (March 2013)


Professional Activities

2009 - present Columbus Gives Back.
2005 - 2006 Hospice Volunteer. Barnes Jewish Hospital.
2005 - 2007 Drive Homebound Elderly Parishioners to Church.