Kenneth Gorfinkle, Ph.D served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology from 1992 to 2017 at New York Presbyterian Hospital and The Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. He was also associated with the Behavioral Medicine Program, Columbia University, where he participated in research, consulting and teaching in areas of diabetes care, pain management, cardiovascular health, and rehabilitation after craniofacial surgery. Dr. Gorfinkle served as consulting Psychologist for the Babies and Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Service from 1992 until 2001, for the Craniofacial Surgery and Rehabilitation Service from 1998 through 2008 and from 2007 through 2016 as consulting psychologist for the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at NY Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Gorfinkle received his BA in Psychology at Brandeis in 1976. After completing his graduate coursework at the New School for Social Research, Dr. Gorfinkle joined the Behavioral Medicine research group at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. At Memorial, his research on controlling distress in children undergoing cancer treatment culminated in his doctoral dissertation on the role of parenting style in children coping with painful medical procedures.
He is the author of, Soothing Your Child’s Pain: From Teething to Tummy Aches to Acute Illnesses and Injuries-How to Understand the Causes and Ease the Hurt, Contemporary Books, 1998. He has published in numerous books and peer review journals. He is a member of various scientific societies, including, New York State Psychological Association, American Psychological Association.
Dr. Gorfinkle is married to Doris E. Ullendorff, ACSW, with whom he shares a psychotherapy practice, Common Sense Therapy in New York. They have three children.