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Schonfeld, Lawrence, PhD




  Title:  Emeritus Professor
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Lawrence (Larry) Schonfeld is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI). Previously he served as FMHI Interim Executive Director (2011-2014), and in the Department of Aging and Mental Health Disparities as Chair (1989-1992 and 2006-2011), Assistant Chair (1987-1989), and director of treatment programs for older adults with substance abuse problems or mental illness (1984-1989). His research focuses on development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based practices for older adults, veterans, and college students. He served as Principal Investigator on several grants and contracts including the Strategic Prevention Framework State Prevention Enhancement Grant (SPE) funded by a SAMHSA grant to the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF); the Florida Collegiate Success Initiative, a four-county project for prevention of underage college drinking under a U.S. Dept. of Education grant also to DCF; Behavioral Health Screening of Student Veterans funded by a USF grant; the Florida BRITE Project (BRief Intervention and Treatment for Elders) under contract with the DCF Substance Abuse Program Office funded through a $14 million grant from SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. He has served as co-Principal Investigator on federal grants related to such themes as treatment of depression, elder abuse, and wandering behavior. Dr. Schonfeld formerly served as member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Senior Connection Center Inc., the five-county, Area Agency on Aging for the west central Florida planning and service area.

Ph.D. Experimental Psychology -  University of South Florida
M.A. Psychology – Florida Atlantic University
B.A. Psychology – Florida Atlantic University
Research Interests
Substance abuse assessment and treatment
Veterans’ behavioral health
Behavioral health of older adults

Research Projects
Florida Collegiate Success Initiative
Recent Publications
Gum, A. M., Schonfeld, L., Tyler, S., Fishleder, S., & Guerra, L. (2016). One-visit behavioral intervention for older primary care patients with mild-moderate depressive symptoms: A pilot study. Southern Medical Journal, 109, 442-447. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000497

Fishleder, S., Gum, A. M., King-Kallimanis, B., & Schonfeld, L. (2016). Trajectories of depressive symptoms in community-dwelling older adults: A six-month longitudinal study with monthly assessment. Journal of Affective Disorders, 198, 171–177. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.02.058

Schonfeld, L., King-Kallimanis, B.L., Duchene, D.M., Etheridge, R.L., Herrera, J.R., Barry, K.L., & Lynn, N. (2010) Screening and Brief Intervention for Substance Misuse Among Older Adults: The Florida BRITE Project. American Journal of Public Health, 100 (1), 108-114. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2008.149534

Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D.A., Herrera, J., and Schonfeld, L. (2010) Correlates of depressive symptoms among Hispanic elders living in public housing.  Journal of Applied Gerontology. 29(2), 180-195.

Gum, A.M., Iser, L., King-Kallimanis, B.L., Petkus, A., DeMuth, A., and Schonfeld, L. (2011). Six-month longitudinal patterns of mental health treatment utilization by older adults with depressive symptoms. Psychiatric Services, 62(11), 1353-1360.

Molinari, V.M., Chiriboga, D.A., Branch, L.G., Schinka, J., Schonfeld, L., Kos, L., Mills, W.L., Krok, J., and Hyer, K. (2011) Reasons for psychiatric medication prescription for new nursing home residents. Aging and Mental Health, 15(7), 904-12.

Molinari, V.A., Hyer, K., Branch, L.G., Chiriboga, D.A., Schinka, J., & Schonfeld, L. (2011) Mental health treatment in nursing homes.  Marquette Elder's Advisors Law Review, 13(1), 1-30.

King-Kallimanis, B.L., Oort, F.J., Lynn, N., and Schonfeld, L., (2012) Testing the assumption of measurement invariance in the mental health and alcohol abuse stigma assessment in older adult.  Ageing International. 37, 441–458.  DOI 10.1007/s12126-011-9125-0

Park, N. S., Jang, Y., Lee, B. S., Schonfeld, L., & Molinari, V. (2012). Willingness to use mental health services among older residents in assisted living. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 31(4), 562-579.

Molinari, V.A., Chiriboga, D.A., Branch, L.G., Greene, J., Schonfeld, L., Vongxaiburana, E., & Hyer, K. (2013) Influence of mental health assessment on prescription of psychoactive medication among new nursing home residents, Clinical Gerontologist, 36,(1), 33-45. DOI: 10.1080/07317115.2012.731475.

Gum, A.M., DeMuth, A., Dautovich, N., Ferrante, S. & Schonfeld, L. (2014) Six-month utilization of psychotherapy by older adults with depressive symptoms.  Community Mental Health Journal. 50(7):759-64. doi: 10.1007/s10597-014-9704-0.

Hagman, B., Cohn, A., Schonfeld, L., Moore, K., and Barrett, B.T. (2014). College students who endorse a sub-threshold number of DSM-5 alcohol use disorder criteria: alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use in DSM-5 diagnostic orphans. American Journal on Addictions, 23(4), 378-385.  doi:10.1111/j.1521-0391.2014.12120.x

Kearns, W.D., Fozard, J.L., Schonfeld, L., Scott, S., & Marshall, K., (2014) Elevated movement path tortuosity in voluntary outdoor ambulation in community-dwelling veterans with a history of traumatic brain injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 30(1). E8–E14. DOI 10.1097/htr.0000000000000021.

McBride, N., Barrett, B., Moore, K., and Schonfeld, L. (2014) The role of positive alcohol expectancies in underage binge drinking among college students. Journal of American College Health, 62(6) 370-379.  DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2014.907297

Schonfeld, L. & MacFarland, N.S. (2014) Treatment of substance abuse disorders in older adults.  In P. Arean (Ed.) Treatment of late life depression, anxiety and substance abuse.  American Psychological Association Press, pp 211-234.

Schonfeld, L. Hazlett, R.W., Hedgecock, D.K., Duchene, D.M., Burns, L.V., & Gum, A.M. (2015). Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for older adults with substance misuse. American Journal of Public Health, 105(1), 205-211.  DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301859

Brown, L.M., Barnett, S.D., Frahm, K.A., Schinka, J.A., Schonfeld, L, & Casey R.J. (2015) Health risk factors and differences in outcomes between younger and older veterans using VA transitional housing. Psychiatric Services, 66, 33–40. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.201400022.

Gum, A.M., Dautovich, N. D., Greene, J., Hirsch, A., & Schonfeld, L. (2015). Improving home-based providers' communication to primary care providers to enhance care coordination. Aging and Mental Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2014.977772

Schonfeld, L., Braue, L.A., Stire, S., Gum, A.M., Cross, B.L., & Brown, L.M. (2015) Behavioral health and adjustment to college life for student service members/veterans. Journal of American College Health.

Fishleder, S., Schonfeld, L., Corvin, J., Tyler, S., & VandeWeerd, C. (in press) Drinking behavior among older adults in a planned retirement community: Results from The Villages Survey, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.