In Memoriam: Patricia Hirt Rosenberger, PhD

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that Dr. Patricia Hirt Rosenberger passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Rosenberger was a Clinical Psychologist at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System - West Haven campus and assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rosenberger graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois. Dr. Rosenberger’s early research included psychometric evaluations of borderline personality disorder criteria and psychopathology associated with HIV infection. She came to Yale from Colorado State University where she was highly regarded for her instruction in clinical interviewing techniques in the graduate psychology department.  Starting at the Yale School of Medicine in 1998, Dr. Rosenberger’s research focused on developing methods for evaluating therapist adherence in attachment-based interventions, systematically evaluating psychiatric disorders in patients undergoing bariatric surgery, examining coping behaviors in adults undergoing knee surgery, understanding the role of stress and optimism in perceptions of pain, and examining the roll of Body Mass Index in pain management treatment outcomes.  Most recently, Dr. Rosenberger served as the Project Administrator and Evaluator for the Specialty Care Access Network, a highly innovative telehealth care program designed to support primary care providers across New England and the mid-Atlantic region working in underserved rural and remote settings to treat patients with chronic and complex diseases such as diabetes, chronic pain, Hepatitis C, and Rheumatoid arthritis.

Aside from her research accomplishments, Dr. Rosenberger was a highly respected, cherished, and dedicated clinical teacher and supervisor to numerous predoctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and research assistants. Her warm, compassionate, and enthusiastic approach to training and kind and keen presence among colleagues and friends will be deeply missed.

Dr. Rosenberger is survived by her two daughters, Greta and Lise, her brother Rudy Hirt and his wife Mary Jo, her sister Judy Moore and her husband Reginald.