Steven Cole, MD

Steven Cole, MD is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook Health Sciences Center and Head of the Division of Medical and Geriatric Psychiatry. Prior to joining Stony Brook, he was Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center where he also served as Assistant Dean for Quality and Outcomes Improvement and Co-Director of the Center for Health Policy and Primary Care Research. Before joining the faculty at University of Connecticut, he held academic appointments at Emory University in Atlanta and the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJ) (Albert Einstein College of Medicine) in New York. During his tenure at the NSLIJ, he served as Senior Medical Director for Behavioral Health, Disease Management and Quality at Care Management Group of Greater New York, Inc, (CMGNY) (the management services organization of NSLIJ).

He has focused the greater part of his career on improving care for psychiatric disorders in the general medical setting, in particular depression in the medically ill. He has been awarded grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for clinical, disease management and educational work on depression in general medical settings. He served as Chair for Depression in Primary Care and Lead of the Self-Management Support Component of the Health Disparities Collaboratives of the Bureau of Primary Healthcare (Health Resources Services Administration). He also served as Chair of the Depression Champion Development Program for the Chronic Illness Care Collaboratives of the Health and Hospitals Corporation of New York City. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 30 book chapters, mostly related to psychiatric disorders in medical patients. His book, The Medical Interview: The Three Function Approach, under contract for its third edition, is the required interviewing textbook for approximately 22 US medical schools and has been translated into Japanese.