John Toner, PhD

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Academic Appointments

  • 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.)

Research

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.

Research Interests

  • Geriatric Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Geriatric Bereavement and Grief Counseling

Grants

NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM IN GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY (NY State Gov)

Jul 1 2018 - Jun 30 2023

NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM IN GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY (NY State Gov)

Jul 1 2013 - Jun 30 2015

GERIATRIC EDUCATION CENTERS (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2010 - Jun 30 2015

GERIATRIC EDUCATION CENTERS (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2010 - Jun 30 2013

NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM IN GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY (NY State Gov)

Jul 1 2008 - Jun 30 2013

NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM IN GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY (NY State Gov)

Jul 1 2008 - Jun 30 2013

CONSORTIUM OF GERIATRIC EDUCATION CENTERS (Federal Gov)

Sep 1 2007 - Jun 30 2010

Selected Publications

  • Toner, J. Continuing interprofessional education and geriatric care in medically-underserved areas. The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions 2009;29: 1-14
  • Toner, J. (Editor): Geriatric Mental Health Disaster and Emergency Preparedness, Springer Publishing Company, New York, NY, USA, 2011
  • Toner, J.: Addressing health sector manpower shortages and service gaps in medically underserved areas: University facilitated geriatric continuing education collaborations. In M.L. Wykle and S.H. Gueldner (Eds.), Healthy Aging: Gerontological Education for Nurses and Other Health Care , Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Boston, MA, USA, 2011
  • Gurland, B., Gurland, R., Mitty, E., & Toner, J. : The Choices, Choosing Model of quality of life: Clinical evaluation and intervention. Journal of Interprofessional Care 2009;23: 1-11
  • Toner, J., Gurland, B., Teresi, J., & Tirumalasetti, F.: The Feeling-Tone Questionnaire: Reliability and validity of a direct patient assessment screening instrument for the detection of depressive symptoms in cases of dementia. Journal of Clinical Geropsychology 1999;5: 63-77