About Dr. Dixon
With over fifteen years experience as a licensed clinical psychologist, and as a graduate of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, she is currently serving as a private practitioner; inpatient psychologist (at a community hospital in Port Jefferson, NY); and a research consultant.
Among her areas of expertise are trauma; behavioral pain management; coping with chronic illness or life-altering injury; sleep problems; parenting; stress management; depression (including post-partum depression); anxiety; and substance use disorders.
In addition to being a prominent behavioral health specialist, Dr. Dixon has presented at National and International conferences, on the topics of post-traumatic stress disorder; maternal depression; child obesity; neuroimmunology; and stress and coping. She also provides expert research consulting services as an independent contractor.
Denise Dixon, Ph.D.
Dr Dixon is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in New York State. She sees children, adolescents, & adults, & specializes in evidenced-based treatments of various mental health problems. She is dedicated to helping people to find hope; discover their inner strength; and maximize their personal growth.
Education & Training
- AB (Biological Sciences), Smith College, 1986
- MA (Psychology), Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, 1995
- PhD (Clinical Health Psychology), Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, 1997
- Clinical internship in Medical Psychology, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami School of Medicine, 1997
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship (NIH-funded Post-Doctoral National Research Service Award in Psychoneuroimmunology), University of Miami Behavioral Medicine Research Center, 1998
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology, Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami, 1998
Saul, J, Norris, FN, Bartholow, K, Dixon, D, Peters, M, & Moore, J. (2000). Heterosexual risk for HIV among Puerto Rican women: Does power influence self-protective behavior? AIDS and Behavior, 4(4), 361-371.
Dixon, D, Cruess, S, Kilbourn, K, Klimas, N, Fletcher, MA, Ironson, G, Baum, A, Schneiderman, N, & Antoni, MH. (2001). Social support mediates the relationship between loneliness and Human Herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) antibody titers in HIV+ gay men following Hurricane Andrew. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31(6), 1111-1132.
Dixon, D, Antoni, MH, Peters, M, & Saul, J. (2001). Employment, social support and HIV sexual risk behavior in Puerto Rican women. AIDS and Behavior, 5(4), 331-334.
The ENRICHD Investigators. (2001). Enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease (ENRICHD) Study Intervention: Rationale and Design. Psychosomatic Medicine 63:747-755.
Freedland, KE, Skala, JA, Carney, RN, Raczynski, JM, Taylor, CB, Mendes De Leon, CF, Ironson, G, Phd, Youngblood, ME, Krishnan, KRR, & Veith, RC, for the ENRICHD Investigators. (2002). The Depression Interview and Structured Hamilton (DISH): Rationale, development, characteristics, and clinical validity. Psychosomatic Medicine, 64, 897-905.
Dixon, D, Peters, M, & Saul, J. (2003). HIV heterosexual risk behavior among Puerto Rican women. Health Care for Women International, 24(6), 529-543.
Carney, RM, Blumenthal, JA. Freedland, KE, Youngblood, M, Veith, RC, Burg, MM, Cornell, C, Saab, PG, Kaufmann, PG, Czajkowski, SM, & Jaffe, AS, for the ENRICHD Investigators. (2004). Depression and late mortality after myocardial infarction in the Enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease (ENRICHD) Study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 66, 466-474.
Schneiderman, N, Saab, PG, Catellier, DJ, Powell, LH, Debusk, RF, Williams, RB, Carney, RM, Raczynski, JM, Cowan, MJ, Berkman, LF, & Kaufmann, PG, for the ENRICHD Investigators. (2004). Psychosocial treatment within sex by ethnicity subgroups in the Enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease Clinical trial. Psychosomatic Medicine, 66, 475-4834
Dixon, D, Goldberg, R, Schneiderman, N, & Delamater, A. (2004). Gender differences in TNF-alpha levels among obese versus non-obese Latino children. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 58, 696-699.
Burg, MM, Barefoot, J, Berkman, L, Catellier, DJ, Czajkowski, S, Saab, P, Huber, M, DeLillo, V, Mitchell, P, Skala, J, Taylor, CB for the ENRICHD Investigators. (2005). Low perceived social support and post–myocardial infarction prognosis in the Enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease clinical trial: The effects of treatment, Psychosomatic Medicine 67:879-888.
Campagnolo, DI, Dixon, D, Schwartz, J, Bartlett, JA, & Keller, SE. (2008). Altered innate immunity following spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 46, 477-481.
Meng, H, Wamsley, BR, Eggert, GM, Liebel, D, Dixon, D, & Van Nostrand, J. (2009). Urban-rural differences in the effect of a Medicare Health Promotion and Disease Self-Management program on physical function and health care expenditures. The Gerontologist, 49(3), 407-417.
Dixon, D, Goldberg, R, Meng, H, Schneiderman, N, & Delamater, A. (2009). BMI, stress, and TNF-alpha levels in children. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 24(5), 378-388.
Meng, H, Wamsley, BR, Friedman, B, Liebel, D, Dixon, D, Gao, S, Oakes, D. & Eggert, GM. (2010). Impact of Body Mass Index on the effectiveness of a disease management-health promotion intervention on disability status. American Journal of Health Promotion, 24(3), 214-22.
Dixon, D, Peters, M, & Saul, J. (2010). Psychosocial correlates of HIV sexual protective behavior among Puerto Rican women residing in the Bronx, New York. Health Care for Women International, 31(3), 1-20.
Meng, H, He, XZ, Dixon, D, & Bonder, B. (2010). Self-Reported versus measured height and weight in the Health and Retirement Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(2), 412-413.
Osipoff, JN, Dixon, D, Lane, A, Wilson, TA & Preston, T. (2012). Prospective memory and glycemic control in children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology, (1): 29.
Tafuri, K., Dixon, D., Markarian, K., Lane, A., & Wilson, T. (2015). Relationship between growth hormone and cytokines in short children undergoing growth hormone stimulation testing. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 6(12): 912-918.
Lorber, M. F., White-Ajmani, M. L., Dixon, D., Slep, A. M. S., & Heyman, R. E. (in press). The relations of child adiposity with parent-to-child and parent-to-parent hostility. Psychology and Health.
Dixon, D. (1998). Predictors of HIV sexual risk behavior in Hispanic women. Scientific and Engineering Dissertation Abstracts International, 59(5B), 2409.
Dixon, D, Antoni, M, Wagner, S, Kilbourn, K, Schneiderman, N, Klimas, N, & Fletcher, MA (1999). Acute and sustained effects of anxiety on immune status and social support in HIV+ gay men following Hurricane Andrew. Neuroimmunomodulation, 6, 214.
Dixon, D, Cruess, S, Kilbourn, K, Klimas, N, Fletcher, MA, Ironson, G, Baum, A, Schneiderman, N, & Antoni, MH. (2000). Social support mediates the relationship between loneliness and Human Herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) antibody titers. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 14(2), 91.
Dixon, D, Antoni, M, Theodore, P, Fletcher, MA, & Schneiderman, N. (2000). Extra-relationship resources, source of social support and HIV sexual risk behavior in Hispanic women. Journal of International Health Psychology, 7(Supp 1) 51.
Dixon, D, Antoni, M, Theodore, P, Fletcher, M, & Schneiderman, N. (2000). Providing nurturance, unprotected anal receptive sex and viral load in HIV+ gay men on HAART: A boomerang for re-infection? Journal of International Health Psychology, 7 (Supp 1) 50.
Dixon, D, Goldberg, R, Delamater, A, Fletcher, MA, & Schneiderman, N. (2001). TNF-alpha, obesity, and insulin resistance in children: Where do we go from here? Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 15(2), 145.
Dixon, D, Goldberg, R, Schneiderman, N, & Delamater, A. (2003). Obesity and stress are associated with fasting TNF-alpha levels in children at risk for type 2 diabetes. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 17(3), 170-171.
Kier, C, Dragos, M, Ahmad, KS, Dixon, D & Mallea, JM. (2009). Polysomnogram findings of obstructive sleep apnea for children with HIV. Chest, 136:38S-a.
Dixon, D. (2010). Exercise psychotherapy for the treatment of obesity among child and adult populations. In: Integrative clinical psychology, psychiatry and behavioral medicine: Perspectives, practices and research (Roland A. Carlstedt, Editor). Springer Publishing.