You may never have even heard of the biopsychosocial model, but its contents does affect you whether you have heard of it or not. Samara Lipsky is a medical researcher that found deep curiosity for understanding the age old question of which influences an individual more: Nature or Nurture? This question is neither new nor has it been solved. But the question itself led her to discover a model called the biopsychosocial model. The biopsychosocial model is the idea that illnesses and diseases, as well as human behavior, can be adjusted, interpreted and dictated by nature and nurture.
In addition to the research she has done on this topic and others, Samara Lipsky also used this topic as the theme of a chapter in a book that she co-wrote around the biopsychosocial model. The idea is to use the model for disease prevention and health promotion. Medical research is only as good as it can be applied to tangibly help people. If there is data collected and then researched but the result does not improve any medical elements or the treatment of people, that data is a waste of scientific funding. Seeing how science affected the public at large was a huge influencer for Samara Lipsky, and she continues to investigate this topic with passion. The goal of this research is to help affect the public for the better by better understanding these topics.
When a discovery or development is made in the medical field, it is important for it to spread to many different institutions ensuring that as many patients as possible can benefit. This is why there are countless medical journals and boards on specific aspects of the human body and specific diseases and ailments that affect the human body. Samara Lipsky has co-authored three book chapters and been published in multiple medical and science journals. A topic that is near and dear to her and that affects all people seeking medical assistance is that of the biopsychosocial model.
Because the biopsychosocial model is used as a way to better determine the treatment of patients, it applies to many different areas of medicine. A couple of examples are diseases like diabetes and cancer. Both of these ailments require lifelong treatment. And with each, it is important to look at the genetic and biochemical makeup of the patients in order to determine the best treatment for them. The biopsychosocial model is a design that does exactly that. It focuses on the outside and predisposed to elements of a patient in order to increase their likelihood for success. Samara Lipsky has seen how impactful this can be and that is why she continues to do research to grow this very effective and beneficial method. She has done multiple years of research as well as co-founded a non-profit that helps find funding and raise awareness to develop these discoveries further.
Current PhD student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology -- and graduate of Emory University with her bachelor’s and master’s degree -- Samara Lipsky is a well-published academic in the field of psychology already. In 2010, alongside two fellow authors and researchers, Lipsky helped investigate toward the paper “The Impact of Sociodemographic Factors on Knowledge of Cardiac Procedures.” The research examined a sample study of participated who were treated for coronary heart disease and their level of information quantified versus various demographics including race, age, gender and more. Samara Lipsky and her two co-authors concluded that health professionals needed to provide increased details to patients, particularly patients among specific minorities and to women as well.
As an active member of the Diversity Committee for Psychologists in Public Service, Division 18, Samara Lipsky plays a critical role with the organization, the main purpose of which is increase the level of diversity in the profession, based on the definition of that term as set out in the APA Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice and Organizational Change for Psychology. Samara actively attempts to see to it that members from diverse backgrounds are actively involved in their communities.
To Samara Lipsky, community involvement is likely the key to her profession moving forward. Her choice to pursue a career as a psychologist has been very fulfilling for her. Others appreciate her work, as evidenced by the number of awards and other accolades she has received, such as her induction into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at Yale University. She also received the President's Scholarship to attend The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, which is not just an enormous honor, it has also boosted her current pursuits tremendously.
Over the course of her life and even her career, Samara Lipsky has demonstrated a strong appreciation for her Jewish heritage. After she graduated from the Modern Orthodox Raman School on the Upper East Side of New York City, which is where she grew up, she did a lot more. For example, she once served as a staff member with the Union for Reform Judaism and she was once a Hebrew teacher at the Reform Temple Israel, also located in her old neighborhood. She has also tutored a large number of Jewish young people who happen to be bar and bat mitzvah students. She considers her heritage to be one of her greatest strengths.