About Charles Swencionis


Dr. Swencionis co-founded the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) at Ferkauf Graduate School and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. With 36 years of experience in Clinical Health Psychology, he has done clinical research on obesity since 1984. He directs the Weight Service at the Parnes Clinic at Ferkauf. Dr. Swencionis was trained in HypnoBirthing by Marie Mongan and learned Hypnosis in Ernest and Josephine Hilgard’s Hypnosis Laboratory at Stanford University.

A graduate of Rutgers University (B.A. Psychology, 1968), and Stanford University (Ph.D. Psychology, 1978), Dr. Swencionis did postdoctoral fellowships in brain function in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco ; and in Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he won the Milton Rosenbaum Award for Basic Research in Psychiatry. The American Medical Writers Association awarded their Medical Book Award to his co-authors and him in 1998 for The Complete Weight Loss Workbook.

An active investigator, Dr. Swencionis has co-edited or co-authored four books, 60 scientific articles and reviews, and 33 scientific abstracts and research presentations. He was awarded the Master Teaching Paper of the Decade by Cardiovascular Reviews & Reports (with William Frishman, Andrew Razin, & Edmund Sonnenblick), in 1992. He is Associate Professor of Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School, and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, and Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.