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Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D. ABPP
Dr. Lori Stevic-Rust is a board certified Clinical Health Psychologist who holds a doctoral degree in psychology and earned a Diplomate from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She completed an internship at Henry Ford Hospital with specialty training in geriatrics, cardiac care and integrative medicine.

She has written four books on topics ranging from depression, heart disease and wellness and most recently completed a personal memoir on the art of aging with gratitude. She is a sought-after national speaker on clinical topics and a frequent speaker on aging with purpose, caregiver stress and living with gratitude. Her infectious enthusiasm, wealth of knowledge, engaging style and warm sense of humor has afforded her the title of “best speaker” by many organizations.

Dr. Stevic-Rust consults nationally to hospitals, post-acute care facilities and assisted living facilities on clinical issues of senior care including anxiety/depression, caregiver stress and the creation of innovative programs for the care of those with dementia

Over the past twenty years, she has been a regular on air media consultant and regular contributor on psychological topics to Fox 8 news, WKYC channel 3, NewsChannel 5, Cleveland Magazine, Women’s World and Fitness Magazine and has hosted a cable talk show entitled "Best of Health TV." She writes a monthly column for Cleveland Business Connects magazine.

She currently serves as the Director for Integrative Medicine and Senior Services for Lake Health Hospital and is the National Director of Clinical and Operational Programming for Artower Advisory Services, LLC. She is the past Director for Assisted Living & Dementia Care Programs for University Hospitals in Cleveland where she developed innovative therapeutic programs for residents in the moderate to late stages of dementia including clinical use for a multi-sensory environment (snoezelen therapy).

Dr. Stevic-Rust has become a leader in her community known for volunteering her services to many organizations. She has been involved in mentoring programs for young women and helping women who have been victims of violence regain their sense of self- esteem. In addition, her strong advocacy for seniors earned her the Outstanding Leadership Award in the field of Adult Abuse, Awareness & Prevention by the Western Reserve Area on Aging.

She is the President of the board for the Lake County Council on Aging and serves on the professional advisory board for the Alzheimer’s Association, the United Way and the alumni board for Kent State University.

Entries by Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D. ABPP

Do You Believe?

(4) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 6:06 PM

A friend recently bought me a shirt that reads Obsessive Christmas Disorder and people have started to post the countdown to Christmas messages on my Facebook Page, while others are simply rolling their eyes and moaning that the holidays are approaching.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I admit that...

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Life Lessons From the Velveteen Rabbit

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:28 PM

In just a few short weeks, I, like many of you, will be joining the elite group known as the "empty nesters." This colorful and descriptive term was originally coined in the 1970s. It actually refers to a syndrome of symptoms including depression, sadness, and loss of identity associated with...

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Raising a Woman

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 1:46 PM

The room was cheery, with bright sunshine coming through the windows. There were colorful pictures on the wall and a circle of carpet squares on the floor. I felt the grip of the little hand in mine tighten as we walked through the door.

Her little face looked up...

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Valentine's Day: Another Look at Romance

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 4:04 PM

Now I get it! I finally understand why Valentine's Day has never felt like a romantic event to me but rather a symbol of compassion, love and family. Without even realizing it, my sentiment has its roots in the history of why we celebrate Valentine's Day in the first place....

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Color Coding Your Life: A Surprising Look at Balance

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 8:46 AM

Similar to most of you, I have consistently found my personal and professional life becoming more and more hectic. I often tease that if it wasn't for managing my calendar and arranging and then re-arranging appointments, my job would be simple. 2014-01-19-colorcoding.png

So, I...

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At the Bedside: Redefining Miracles

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 4:01 PM

Her words were soft and slow in coming, as she struggled to breathe. Her body weak and frail that the effort seemed to take hours. But when the words finally came, they hit me with a force.

She said, "For months I have prayed for a miracle. I prayed that...

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Unwrap Holiday Stress

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 2:43 PM

The holidays are here again. In preparation for writing these holiday stress management tips, I consulted with my soon to be 102-year-old grandmother, who reminded me that Christmas celebrations used to begin only a few weeks before Christmas. The preparations involved baking and cooking with family and neighbors and making...

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Do You React or Respond?

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 5:06 PM

I just finished reading the book I Am Malala. It is the story of a young girl who was shot in the face by the Taliban for speaking out for the education of girls. While her story of survival after the shooting is nothing short of heartbreaking and miraculous, it...

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Nana's Reflections on The Cleveland Indians

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 4:20 PM

I recognize that in some cities a baseball wild card game may create a bit of interest but real buzz doesn't usually occur until a team advances. However, here in Cleveland Ohio, a wild card game is not just a game. It is baseball in October. The town is buzzing,...

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Top Secret to Performance: Mental Imagery

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 12:55 PM

The other day I had a conversation with a gifted athlete who shared his frustration about his recent struggles with hitting the ball. Did he suddenly forget the basic techniques of hitting or had he lost some of his muscle strength or had he simply lost the ability to remain...

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Celebrating Grandparents and the Value of Generational Love

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 1:56 PM

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." -- George Washington Carver

The value of generational love...

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Tragedy in a Community: The Balance of Support and Privacy

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 10:49 AM

I am proud to say that I am from Cleveland. It is a city filled with beautiful museums, incredible restaurants and the most passionate sports fans. It is a city that has stood proud despite many years of being labeled the "mistake on the lake" and worse. We are O-H-I-O...

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Lean In to Your Life: Create Balance

(4) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 7:10 PM

Cheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, just wrote a book entitled, Lean In. The concepts in the book have sparked some controversy and have fueled the ongoing conversation about work-life balance. Essentially, the book focuses on the author's observations and experiences of women holding themselves back from reaching their potential...

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Behavior in Chardon Court Pours Salt into Open Wounds

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 3:01 PM

2013-03-29-lane-tjlane.jpgChardon school shooter, TJ Lane appeared in court on March 19th for sentencing. While in the court room family members of those he killed on February 27th 2012, spoke about their loved ones and their loss.

The words were poignant and the emotions raw. Many...

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Walk in the Shoes of Another and Watch Extreme Views Soften

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Sen. Portman has changed his views on gay marriages. While in Congress, the conservative Republican senator from Ohio voted for a bill prohibiting gay couples in Washington from adopting children. He voted for the Defense of Marriage Act and supported the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Then the...

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The Things I Didn't Expect When I Wrote a Memoir

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 4:12 PM

As a psychologist, I have spent the better part of my last 20 years maintaining my privacy. Early training clearly taught me that while the therapeutic relationship between a psychologist and a client is often critical to the change/healing process, personal information about me was not relevant. I never had...

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Turning 50 with the Lessons From 100-year-old Nana

(11) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 2:39 PM

I just turned 50. I guess the first step to acceptance is admitting it. My turning 50 coincided with my grandmother turning 100 years old. And as with most old people, I began to reminisce about my life and the many lessons that my grandmother has given me. Then, a...

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