Lydia Temoshok, PhD
I have been licensed as a psychologist in Maryland since 1999, and was previously licensed in California and New York. I work with younger and older adults, as well as older adolescents within a general biopsychosocial framework, which emphasizes developing and maintaining more adaptive coping with acute and chronic stressors of all kinds. My approach to helping individuals deal more effectively with work and relationship issues, and to address mood, adjustment, and neurocognitive concerns is multifaceted, integrative, and eclectic.
Drawing from over 30 years of experience and clinical research, I use cognitive-behavioral, cognitive-emotional, psychodynamic, and skill building modalities to help individuals optimize holistically and synergistically their psychological, social, and physical health.
I received my BA from Yale College in the interdisciplinary major of Culture and Behavior, and my Masters and Ph.D. in both Clinical Psychology and Social Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before my most recent academic position as Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, I worked as Senior Scientist in the Division of Mental Health at the World Health Organization in Geneva, expanding an international measure of Quality of Life, and leading an expert consultation on early neuropsychological impairment. As Scientific Director of the Behavioral Prevention Program in the Department of Defense HIV Research Program, I assessed and provided interventions for psychological and neurocognitive sequelae of HIV progression. As Assistant Professor at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, I led a pre-postdoctoral program in Clinical Health Psychology and founded/directed the UCSF Biopsychosocial AIDS Project.
Across these venues, I have had the privilege to work with diverse communities and populations, including predominately African American, medically affected individuals in Baltimore; active duty military members in all three services; international health workers in Geneva; and LGBTQ and medically affected individuals in San Francisco.
I have published over 180 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 12 authored books or edited volumes, including the multi-volume, Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd Edition (Academic Press, 2016), for which I served as an Executive Editor. I am especially interested in and have extensive expertise in mental health and health/ medical interactions. I have researched and written about the importance of emotional awareness and expression, as well as the spiritual dimension in health and mental health, including such complex topics as forgiveness of self and others, and the importance of authenticity.
About the Doc outside the office
Originally from a small town in upstate New York, I have lived and worked in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York City, Michigan, San Francisco, and Geneva Switzerland. In Maryland, I live on a farm with a diverse family-- including two llamas-- outside historic Ellicott City in a 1891 farmhouse, across the road from an even older log house, both of which she renovated. I strive every day to combine the elements of purposeful work, writing to make a difference, mind-body health, and relating meaningfully with family, friends, and nature.