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Yosef Sokol, Ph.D.

Dr. Sokol received his PhD in clinical psychology from Hofstra University and his Post-Doctoral training at the VISN-2 MIRECC. He is currently a MIRECC Health Specialist Research Scientist at the Bronx VA Medical Center, where he oversees a variety of funded research projects. His work seeks to understand how personal identity deficits, and in particular, deficits in ‘future self-continuity,’ a sense of the persistence of the self into the future, relate to the development and recovery from suicide-related symptoms. His research findings have led him to articulate a recovery-oriented treatment for individuals with a recent episode of acute suicidal symptoms: ‘Continuous Identity Cognitive Therapy (CI-CT)’. His current research focuses on developing and evaluating the efficacy of a recovery-oriented treatment for post-suicidal patients. He is also working to develop a recovery-oriented treatment for post Covid-19 psychiatric conditions that integrates direct medical and psychiatric sequala with psychosocial downstream effects of loss of functioning. In addition to his VA position, he serves as a member of the core clinical faculty at Touro University’s Doctoral Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology.

Research Interests

Suicide prevention, Personal Identity, Treatment development, Personal Recovery, Future Self-Continuity, Temporal Self-appraisal, and Long-Covid


Development of a Recovery Oriented Treatment for Post Acute Suicidal Episode (PASE) Veterans (2021-2026)
Principal investigator. Funding source: VA

Developing an Integrative, Recovery-Based, Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome (PACS) Psychotherapeutic Intervention (recommended for funding; 2023-2025)
Co-Investigator. Funding source: VA

Publications (Selected)

A full list of Dr. Sokol’s publications can be found here.

Dixon, L. B., Lewis-Fernández, R., Isom, J., Bellamy, C., Gaba, A., Rossom, R. C., Adams, L., Legha, R. K., Carlo, A. D., Sokol, Y., Norquist, G. S., Roy, M., & Jackson, D. Reporting on and Reviewing for Race/Racialization, Ethnicity, and Culture. Psychiatric services, 2022.

Sokol, Y., Rosensweig, C., Levin, C., & Linzer, M. Anxiety and temporal self-appraisal: How people with anxiety evaluate themselves over time. Journal of affective disorders, 2022.

Sokol, Y., Gromatsky, M., Edwards, E. R., Greene, A. L., Geraci, J. C., Harris, R. E., & Goodman, M. The deadly gap: Understanding suicide among veterans transitioning out of the military. Psychiatry research, 2021.

Sokol, Y., Ridley, J., Goodman, M., Landa, Y., Hernandez, S., & Dixon, L. Continuous Identity Cognitive Therapy: Feasibility and Acceptability of a Novel Intervention for Suicidal Symptoms. Journal of cognitive psychotherapy, 2021.

Geraci, J. C., Mobbs, M., Edwards, E. R., Doerries, B., Armstrong, N., Porcarelli, R., Duffy, E., Loos, C. M., Kilby, D., Juanamarga, J., Cantor, G., Sutton, L., Sokol, Y., & Goodman, M. Expanded Roles and Recommendations for Stakeholders to Successfully Reintegrate Modern Warriors and Mitigate Suicide Risk. Frontiers in psychology, 2020.



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