Lori Montross, Ph.D
The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice
4311 Third Avenue
Lori Montross, Ph.D. is a full-time Research Psychologist at The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice. As a Research Psychologist, she initiates and conducts research activities while also providing psychological treatment to patients in the Inpatient Care Center. She serves as a faculty member of the SDHIPM teaching team, and therefore offers mentorship and training regarding the unique psychological aspects of end-of-life care to students, staff, and other community constituents.
Dr. Montross received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Iowa State University in 1994, and her Master’s of Counseling degree from Arizona State University in 1997. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky in 2003, and completed her clinical internship at the Cincinnati Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. Afterward, she was chosen to become a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Psychiatry Department of the University of California – San Diego (UCSD), where she specialized in Geriatric Psychiatry.
During her tenure at UCSD, she conducted both quantitative and qualitative research in areas of successful aging, suicide prevention, and medication efficacy. In 2005, she received a grant from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) to more thoroughly investigate the risk and protective factors for suicide among patients with schizophrenia. Later in 2006, she was selected to attend the Summer Research Institute in Suicide Prevention held at the University of Rochester, a venue reserved for the most promising young researchers in the United States each year. She has authored or co-authored more than 29 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and abstracts, and has served as a reviewer for over six journals and international grant councils. She further brings more than 12 years of experience as an educator, with both teaching and administrative experience in community college, university, and private institutional settings.