Visiting Fellow
Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research


Barbara Ganzel, PhD, LMSW, joined the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute as Director on May 16, 2016. She and Dr. Elizabeth Bergman are the joint founding directors of the new Center for Palliative Care at the Institute.

"I have been associated with the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research and the Department of Human Development at Cornell University since 1996 in a variety of capacities. Most recently, I was PI and Director of the Lifespan Affective Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Human Development. I also advised undergraduate and graduate research students, and taught courses in neuroscience and human development.

At the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, my work focuses on trauma-informed hospice and palliative care. I recently re-specialized in clinical work in order to develop and administer trauma-specific interventions to reduce stress and distress at and near the end of life."

Research and Theoretical Interests
  • *Modulation of stress biology and stress outcomes by lifespan development   
  • *Theoretical and organic linkages between stress, emotion, and lifespan neurodevelopment    
  • *Development of treatment strategies for stress/trauma at or near the end of life 

Ganzel, B. L. (advance access publication December 6, 2016). Trauma-Informed hospice and palliative care. The Gerontologist, 00, 00, 1-11. doi:10.1093/geront/gnw146

Ganzel, B.L. & Kim, P. (in press). Allostatic load across the lifespan. In M. Arterberry, M. H. Bornstein, K. Fingerman, & J. E. Lansford (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development.

Löckenhoff, C. E., Rutt, J., Samanez-Larkin, G., O’Donoghue, T., Reyna, V., & Ganzel, B. L. (2016). Dread sensitivity in decisions about real and imagined electrical shocks does not vary with age. Psychology & Aging, 31, 8, 890-901.

Ganzel, B. L., Rarick, J.R.D. & Morris, P.A. (2016). Stress and emotion: Embodied, in context, and across the lifespan. In M. Lewis, J.M. Haviland-Jones, & L.F. Barrett (Eds.), Handbook of emotions (4th ed.)(pp.707-735). New York: Guilford Press.

Du, X., Kim, P., Ganzel, B.L., Zhang, Q., & Qiu, J. (2016). Subliminal trauma reminders impact neural processing of cognitive control in adults with developmental earthquake trauma: A preliminary report. Experimental Brain Research, 234, 3, 905–916.

Ganzel, B. & Morris, P.A. (2016). Typical and atypical brain development across the lifespan in a neural network model of psychopathology. In D. Cicchetti (Ed.), Handbook of developmental psychopathology (3rd ed.), Volume 2: Developmental neuroscience (pp. 557-631). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons. ISBN: 978-1-118-12179-5

Frank, C.Y., Baron-Cohen, S., & Ganzel, B.L. (2015). Sex differences in the neural basis of false belief and pragmatic language comprehension. NeuroImage, 15, 105, 300-311. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.09.041

Ganzel, B.L. & Morris, P.A. (2011). Allostasis and the developing human brain: Explicit consideration of implicit models. Development & Psychopathology, Special Issue on Allostasis, 23, 953-974. [lead article] doi: 10.1017/S0954579411000447

Ganzel, B.L., Morris, P., & Wethington, E. (2010). Allostasis and the human brain: Integrating models of stress from the social and life sciences. Psychological Review, 117, 134-174. doi: 10.1037/a0017773

Ganzel, B., Kim, P., Glover, G., & Temple, E. (2008). Resilience after 9/11: Multimodal neuroimaging evidence for stress-related change in the healthy adult brain. NeuroImage, 40, 788-795. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.12.010

Ganzel, B., Casey, B.J., Glover, G., Voss, H.U., & Temple, E. (2007). The aftermath of September 11th: Effect of intensity and recency of trauma on outcome [an fMRI study]. Emotion, 7, 227-238. doi: 10.1037/1528-3542.7.2.227

Ganzel, B., Eckenrode, J.E., Kim, P., Wethington, E., Horowitz, E., & Temple, E. (2007). Salivary cortisol levels and mood vary by lifetime trauma exposure in a sample of healthy young women. Journal of Traumatic Stress, Special Issue on the Biology of Trauma, 20, 689-699. doi: 10.1002/jts.20287

For a full listing of publications, please see my CV or my NCBI Cataloged Journal Publications 1/bibliography/41156324/public/?sort=date&direction=descending

LMSW       Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY  2013-2015  (NYS licensure 3/16)

postdoc     Cornell University, Ithaca, NY -- 2007-2009

postdoc     Weill Cornell Medical College, NY, NY -- 2004-2007

Ph.D.        Cornell University, Ithaca, NY -- 2004

Ed.M.        Harvard University, Cambridge, MA -- 1996

B.A.          Rice University, Houston, TX -- 1981

Brain's gray cells appear to be changed by trauma of major events like 9/11 attack, a study suggests | Cornell Chronicle feature

Trauma may alter the stress response, even in healthy people, Cornell study shows | Cornell Chronicle feature

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