John Toner, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC
Dr. John Toner is Associate Professor of Medical Psychology, Director of Geriatric Residency and Fellowship Programs and Co-Director of the New York Statewide Geriatric Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship Program at the Columbia University Stroud Center and the Department of Psychiatry-Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the NY State Psychiatric Institute and holds interdepartmental and interuniversity appointments in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia, where he has been a recipient of the Calderone Prize for Faculty Research, and the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University, where he is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Center for Aging Research, Education and Services (CARES).
He is the Director of the Columbia-New York Geriatric Education Center (CNYGEC) of the Stroud Center at Columbia and the Rural Geriatric Mental Health Initiative (POISE). Trained in gerontology and geriatric neuropsychology, Dr. Toner has devoted over 20 years to educating and recruiting doctors and other health care professionals to work in medically underserved areas of upstate New York.
His primary area of research has been the development of the psychometric properties of assessment tools for the recognition of depression in cognitively impaired older persons.
He is a member of numerous scientific societies and presents his research findings regularly at annual meetings. Dr. Toner is also a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the New York Academy of Medicine. In addition to publishing over 75 scientific articles, chapters and abstracts, Dr. Toner has published three books including his most recent, Geriatric Mental Health Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (Springer Publishing Inc.)
Dr. Toner's primary research interest focuses on the chronically mentally ill elderly patient and the recognition of depression in individuals with cognitive losses associated with dementia.
Dr. Toner's research involves the development of the psychometric properties of a means of uncovering the subjective inner life of persons who are seriously limited in their ability to communicate feelings of distress associated with depression and other affective disorders. His current research builds upon previously published scientific papers and reports of the reliability and validity of measuring affective disorder in communication-impaired elderly demented persons using the Feeling Tone Questionnaire (FTQ), which has been developed by Dr. Toner and his colleagues at the Columbia University Stroud Center.