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Eric Prensky

Assistant professor




  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Texas Tech University.
  • M.A., Psychology, Texas Tech University.
  • B.A., Psychology, Skidmore College.


Dr. Prensky is Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training, and serves on the CAPIC Board of Directors. He previously worked on the Health Psychology Service in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago. His clinical interests involve inpatient consultation and outpatient treatment with individuals who have a variety of presenting problems including sleep disorders, migraines, and chronic pain conditions. He also has extensive experience conducting pre-operative psychological evaluations for patients planning to have bariatric surgery. Dr. Prensky also has experience conducting biofeedback-assisted relaxation training with medical patients. Dr. Prensky earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University under the mentorship of Dr. Lee Cohen. He completed his clinical psychology internship (with an emphasis on health psychology) at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Prensky also completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in health psychology at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.


  • Clinical Training.
  • Clinical Health Psychology.
  • Biofeedback-Assisted Relaxation Training.
  • Pre-Bariatric Surgery Assessment and Intervention.
  • Adjustment to Chronic Illness.

Selected Publications

  • Cohen, L. M., McChargue, D. E., Cortez-Garland, M., Prensky, E. H., & Emery, S. (2003). The etiology and treatment of nicotine dependence: A biopsychosocial perspective. In L. M. Cohen, D. E. McChargue & F. Collins (Eds.), The Health Psychology Handbook: Practical Issues for the Behavioral Medicine Specialist (pp. 101-124). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Alexander-Emery, S., Cohen, L. M., & Prensky, E. H. (2005). Linguistic analysis of college aged smokers and never smokers. Journal of Psychopathology & Behavioral Assessment, 27(1), 11-16.
  • Taraban, R., Prensky, E., & Bowen, C. W. (2008). Critical Factors in the Undergraduate Research Experience. In Taraban, R. & Blanton, R. L. (Eds.), To Think and Act Like a Scientist: Undergraduate Research Experiences and Their Effects.
  • Prensky, E. H., Cohen, L. M., McChargue, D. E., and Gao, W. (2010). Effects of Sensory and Behavioral Substitutes Following an Experimentally-Induced Stressor among Abstinent Smokeless Tobacco Users. The American Journal on Addictions, 19, 128-135.
  • Baslet, G., Roiko, A., Prensky, E. (2010) Heterogeneity in Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures: Understanding the Role of Psychiatric and Neurological Factors. Epilepsy and Behavior, 17, 236-241.


  • American Psychological Association, Divisions 13, 14, and 38.
  • California Psychological Association.


  • Baslet, G., Prensky, E., Roiko, A., Uliaszek, A., Prasad, P. (2011). Initial Treatment Retention in Psychogenic Non-epileptic Seizures. Poster to be presented at the 22nd annual American Neuropsychiatric Association, Denver CO.
  • Baslet, G., Uliaszek, A., Prensky, E. (2011). Patterns of Emotion Processing in Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures. Poster to be presented at the 164th annual American Psychiatric.
  • Baslet, G., Roiko, A., Prensky, E., Reilly, J., DeLeon, O., & Schrift, M. (2009). Neurological Variables in the Evaluation of Non-Epileptic Seizures. Poster presented at the 20th annual Conference of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, San Antonio, TX.
  • Quartana, P.J., Dux, M.C., Mintz, R., Prensky, E., Renteria, L, Ahluwalia, A., & Pliskin, N. (2009).
  • Prensky, E., Primeau, M., Stankiewicz, M., & Shayani, V. (2007). Suicide risk in LAGB patients. Paper presented at 24th annual conference of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, San Diego, CA.

Selected Lectures

  • Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds, University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital, Chicago, ILTitle: Elder Abuse in the Clinical Setting: How to assess for and How to Report Suspected Elder Abuse or Neglect ? A Clinical Case Discussion (2/09).
  • Department of Neurology Grand Rounds, University of Illinois Medical Center.
  • Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, University of Illinois Medical Center.