Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Jeffrey Cohen, MD


Plaque psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition that manifests as raised, scaly, pruritic plaques on the skin. The clinical manifestations of psoriasis can be highly visible and can lead to stigmatization due to a lack of understanding about the disease. Although there is no cure for psoriasis, standard treatment consists of managing symptoms and flares. Despite evidence that psoriasis carries a mental burden, psychological treatment is not part of the standard of care. This study aims to determine whether supplementing standard dermatologic care for psoriasis with weekly cognitive behavioral therapy improves quality of life outcomes. Using a randomized control trial design, we will determine if supplementing usual dermatologic care with weekly in person cognitive behavioral therapy sessions has a positive impact on quality-of-life outcomes. This work will provide insight into the importance of incorporating CBT in the treatment of psoriasis and may inform clinical recommendations for psoriasis patients.