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Rachel Neff Greenley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Health Professions
Room 2.674
Building: HSB
Phone: 847.578.8751
Fax: 847.578.8765
Rachel.Greenley@rosalindfranklin.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Greenley will be considering student applications for the 2015/2016 academic year.  

Research Lab

My research interests center on understanding factors that contribute to optimal psychosocial and physical functioning among youth affected by chronic medical conditions and their families. In particular, I am interested in the role of individual, familial, and health professional systems in promoting adherence to treatment and self management skill development among youth with chronic medical conditions. My research interests include both descriptive studies to better understand factors that promote optimal functioning or serve as barriers to adherence during the adolescent developmental period, as well as intervention studies to evaluate the efficacy of programs to enhance adherence and promote positive adjustment. I have conducted research with a variety of pediatric populations, but my current projects focus primarily on pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.  

Promoting Health in Adolescents and Families Affected by Chronic Illness

Pediatric Psychology Research Team
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Faculty Advisor: Rachel Greenley, Ph.D.
 

Students working within this research team focus on several projects related to promoting adherence to treatment and positive adjustment among teens with chronic medical conditions and their families.

Lab News
  • Welcome to Jessica Naftaly, a new first year PhD student in our lab!

  • Congratulations to both Cassie and Eve who recently defended their dissertation proposals!

  • Congratulations to Andrea who was chosen as the Division 54 SPP Graduate Student Spotlight Award Recipient!

  • Both Andrea and Molly (along with several other members of our research team) submitted manuscripts that are currently under review.

  • Jenny is working on her thesis manuscript currently under review for publication in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

  • Jill's abstract on adherence in adolescents and young adults with IBD was submitted and accepted for poster presentation at NASPGHAN this fall.
Current Projects
  SUCCESS Study: This longitudinal study is being conducted with researchers at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Children’s Mercy Hospital. We have finished recruiting for this study and nearly finished with data collection. The study is examining disease-related, individual, and family factors associated with oral medication adherence in youth ages 11-18 years with inflammatory bowel disease.



PHONE Study:This randomized clinical trial is being conducted with researchers at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and University of Chicago. We are nearly finished with recruitment of participants and have begun to analyze the data. We are evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of a phone-delivered problem solving intervention in improving medication adherence in inflammatory bowel disease. To date, results suggest the intervention is helping to reduce nonadherence in teens.

 

 Adherence Promotion Smart Phone App Study:We are  in the process of developing an innovative smart phone app intervention to deliver problem-solving skills training (PSST) to improve medication adherence and health behaviors in youth with inflammatory bowel disease. This app will utilize a gaming format to increase youth engagement with the adherence intervention. To date, we have seen positive acceptability of this type of intervention in youth evaluations and will begin to study acceptability and feasibility outcomes from the development intervention. We currently have a grant under review that would fund this project.

 

Promoting Adherence Among Older Adolescents & Young Adults: We are currently in the process of developing a grant that would focus on promoting adherence to various types of medication (oral, injection, and infusion medications) in older adolescents/young adults.  This group has not been systematically studied in the IBD literature, and they experience some unique barriers to adherence.  We are submitting a grant to NIH this fall to fund this project.  

Current Research Funding
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Senior Research Award # 2838 to Rachel Neff Greenley (PI) Funding Period: 7/2011 – 12/31/2013
Recent Conference Presentations
1. *Nguyen, E., Greenley, R. N., *Thomason, M., *Walter, J., *Wojtowicz, A., & Schneider, K. (2014, March).  A Systematic Review of Existing Smartphone Medication Adherence Apps. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, March 27-29, 2014, Philadelphia, PA. 

2. *Walter, J.,* Thomason, M., & Greenley, R. N. (2014, March). Problem solving skills in youth with IBD: Normative comparisons and relationship to medication adherence.  Poster accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, March 27-29, 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

3. *Wojtowicz, A., Greenley, R. N., Schurman, J. V., & Cushing, C. (2014, March). Interprofessional collaboration in treating youth with functional abdominal pain: Examining referral patterns of students in medical training. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, March 27-29, 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

4. *Nguyen, E., *Thomason, M., & *Poulopoulos, N., & Greenley, R. N. (2014, March).  Examining Associations between Illness Management Survey of Youth Perceptions of Barriers to Medication Regimen and Regimen Characteristics.  Poster accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, March 27-29, 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

5. *Poulopoulos, N., & Greenley, R. N. (2014, March). Disease Management Self-Efficacy and its Relation to Adherence in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, March 27-29, 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

6. *Nguyen, E., & Greenley, R. N. (2013, May). Smart phone application use in youth with inflammatory bowel disease: A focus group study. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, March 27-29, 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

7. *Thomason, M., *Nguyen, E., *Poulopoulos, N., & Greenley, R. N. (2014, March). A Replication Study of the Beliefs About Medication Scale in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, March 27-29, 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

8. *Wojtowicz, A., & Greenley, R. N. (2014, March). Parental catastrophizing about pain in youth with inflammatory bowel disease: A comparative analysis. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, March 27-29, 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

9. *Plevinsky, J., & Greenley, R. N. (2014, March).  Exploring health-related quality of life, social connectedness, and social support in adolescents with IBD after attending Camp Oasis and participating in a Facebook group Poster accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, March 27-29, 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

10. **Dries, H., Greenley, R. N., & Kaugars, A. (2013, May). Time of day and does amount: Barriers to adherence among adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease.  Poster presented at the Eighty-fifth Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, May 2-4, 2013, Chicago, IL.

11. **Kaczinski, M., & Greenley, R. N. (2013, May). Participant reactivity in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.  Poster presented at the Eighty-fifth Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, May 2-4, 2013, Chicago, IL.

12. *Wojtowicz, A. A., Greenley, R. N., *Gumidyala, A. P., &  *Rosen, A. (2013, April). Pain catastrophizing and functional disability in youth with inflammatory bowel disease.  Poster presented at the 2013 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, April 11-13, 2013, New Orleans, LA. 

13. *Walter, J. G., Greenley, R. N., & Kunz, J. H. (2013, April). Internalizing symptoms among adolescents with IBD: A picture of adjustment.  Poster presented at the 2013 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, April 11-13, 2013, New Orleans, LA.

14. *Poulopoulos, N. & Greenley, R. N. (2013, April). A comparison of pill count and electronic monitoring adherence estimates in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.  Poster presented at the 2013 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, April 11-13, 2013, New Orleans, LA.

15. *Walter, J., G., Greenley, R. N., Kunz, J. H., & *Riederer, S. (2013, April). Problem solving skills in mothers of youth with IBD: Normative comparisons and relationship to medication adherence.  Poster presented at the 2013 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology, April 11-13, 2013, New Orleans, LA.

16. *Wojtowicz, A. A., Greenley, R. N., *Gumidyala, A. P., &  *Rosen, A. (2013, March). Pain catastrophizing and functional disability in youth with inflammatory bowel disease.  Poster presented at the 2013 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science All School Research Consortium, March 20, 2013, North Chicago, IL. 

17. *Gumidyala, A. P., *Rosen, A. *Wojtowicz, A. A. & Greenley, R. N. (2013, March). Associations among pain catastrophizing, depression, and anxiety in youth with inflammatory bowel disease. Poster presented at the 2013 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science All School Research Consortium, March 20, 2013, North Chicago, IL. 

18. *Poulopoulos, N. & *Greenley, R. N. (2013, March). A comparison of pill count and electronic monitoring adherence estimates in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Poster presented at the 2013 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science All School Research Consortium, March 20, 2013, North Chicago, IL. 

19. *Walter, J., G., Greenley, R. N., Kunz, J. H., & *Riederer, S. (2013, March). Problem solving skills in mothers of youth with IBD: Normative comparisons and relationship to medication adherence.  Poster presented at the 2013 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science All School Research Consortium, March 20, 2013, North Chicago, IL. 

20. *Walter, J. G., Greenley, R. N., & Kunz, J. H. (2013, April). Internalizing symptoms among adolescents with IBD: A picture of adjustment. Poster presented at the 2013 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science All School Research Consortium, March 20, 2013, North Chicago, IL. 

*Graduate student author
**Undergraduate student author
Graduate Student Involvement in Research

Graduate students participate in a variety of research activities, including conducting in person and phone adherence interviews and assessments, delivering manualized phone intervention sessions, authoring conference abstracts and posters, and collaborating in manuscript development.

  • Current Graduate Students:
   

Amitha Prasad Gumidyala, M.A.  Amitha is a recent graduate of the doctoral program and a graduate of Northwestern University. Her research interests include health-related quality of life, social support, and the transition to adult care in IBD. Amitha will be completing her internship at the Palo Alto VA this August and will be continuing there to complete her post-doctoral training. (Amitha.Prasad@my.rfums.org)
Dissertation: Correlates of Transition Readiness in Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

 

Eve Nguyen, M.S. Eve is a fourth year student in the doctoral program with a Master’s Degree in clinical counseling. Her research interests focus on the role of family communication in youth adjustment in pediatric chronic diseases and examining the integration of health informatics with behavioral health interventions to improve medication adherence. (Eve.Nguyen@my.rfums.org)
   
Molly Mishler Thomason, M.A., M.S. Molly is a fifth year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following graduation, she began working on her Master's in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Schaumburg. Molly has completed practicum placements at the following sites: Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, Integrative Psychological Health Care Center, Alexian Brothers Neurosciences Institute, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, and Neurobehavioral Associates. She will be completing her pre-doctoral internship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center during the 2015-2016 school year. (Molly.Thomason@my.rfums.org)

Thesis: Maternal Self-Efficacy and Childhood Obesity: An Examination of Correlates and Moderators.
Dissertation: Food Addiction in Youth: An Analysis of Existing Measure Psychometrics & Relationship to Binge Eating, Substance Use, and Executive Functioning

   
Jennifer Walter, M.S. Jennifer is a fifth year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg in 2009 and her Master's Degree from Rosalind Franklin in 2013.She previously served as an officer for both Outreach for Healthreach and IPAGS/APAGS and was a teaching assistant for Psychological Statistics. Her research interests include internalizing symptoms, medication adherence, health care utilization, sleep, and quality of life in inflammatory bowel disease. Jennifer's current practicum is with the Family Institute at Northwestern University and she works as a neuropsychological testing technician at the Pediatric Consultation Center in Glenview, IL. (Jennifer.Walter@my.rfums.org)

 


   

Andrea Wojtowicz, M.S. Andrea is a fourth year student in the doctoral program.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University. Andrea's research interests include examining the effects of pain on functioning and health care utilization in youth with IBD and interprofessional collaboration in treating pediatric functional abdominal pain. She received the Department of Psychology’s Excellence in Research Award and the College of Health Professions’ Presidential Scholarship for her commitment to interprofessionalism. Andrea’s current practicum is with the University of Chicago. She currently serves as a member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s Student Advisory Board and served as the Student Clinical Representative for the Gastroenterology Special Interest Group from 2013-2015. (Andrea.Wojtowicz@my.rfums.org)

Thesis: Examining the Role of Abdominal Pain and Parent Functioning in Contributing to Disease Burden in Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Wojtowicz, A.A., Greenley, R.N., Gumidyala, A.P., Rosen, A., & Williams, S.E. (2014). Functional Disability in Youth with Pediatric IBD:  The Role of Pain Severity and Pain Catastrophizing.  Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis. doi: 10.1016/j.crohns.2014.02.011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24630487
Wojtowicz, A.A., Banez, G.A. (2014).  Adolescents with chronic pain and associated functional disability: A descriptive analysis.  Journal of Child Health Care. doi: 10.1177/1367493514523157. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24642656
Banez, G.A., Frazier, T.W., Wojtowicz, A.A., Buchannan, K., Henry, D., & Benore, E.(2014).  Chronic Pain in Adolescents: 24-42 Month Outcomes of an Inpatient/Day Hospital Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program.  Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. doi: 10.3233/PRM-140289. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25260503

 

   

Natasha Poulopoulos, M.S.  Tash is a second year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Lake Forest College in 2012 and her Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling from Rosalind Franklin University in 2014. Tash’s research interests include, adherence, self-management, and family conflict in youth with inflammatory bowel diseases. She is currently completing a thesis examining the correlates of general and disease specific conflict among families of youth with inflammatory bowel diseases. Currently, her practicum is with Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tash’s accomplishments include the Excellence in Research Award and the College of Health Professions Clinical Education Award. (Natasha.Poulopoulos@my.rfums.org)  


   
Jill Plevinsky, M.A. Jill is a third year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a secondary field in Health Sciences from The George Washington University in 2010 and her Master's Degree in Child Development from Tufts University in 2012. Jill's research interests include transition to adult care, use of social media and new technologies, self-management, and risk-taking behaviors in older adolescents and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease. Jill's current practicum is with the University of Chicago and she works as a neuropsychological testing technician at the Pediatric Consultation Center in Glenview, IL. She received the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s Routh Student Research Grant to support her dissertation exploring risk-behaviors in college students with inflammatory bowel disease and currently serves as the Student Clinical Representative for the Gastroenterology Special Interest Group. (Jill.Plevinsky@my.rfums.org)

Thesis: Continuing Camp Oasis: Adolescent Utilization of Facebook for Social Support.
Plevinsky, J.M., Gumidyala, A., & Fishman, L. (2014). Transition experiences of young adults with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD): A mixed methods study. Child: Care Health and Development. doi: 10.1111/cch.12213. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25376979
Plevinsky, J.M. & Greenley, R.N. (2014). Exploring health-related quality of life and social functioning in adolescents with inflammatory bowel diseases after attending Camp Oasis and participating in a Facebook group. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 20(9), 1611-17. doi: 10.1097/MIB.0000000000000120. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25025714

    Cassandra Kandah. Cassandra is a fifth year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and was accepted to the McNair Scholar Program. Her current research interests are in health psychology and neuropsychology. Cassandra has held practica at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, IL, Alexian Brothers, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current practicum is at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit. Cassandra has also participated in RFUMS’s Global Health Initiative and helped to establish a mental health clinic in Uganda. She received the Department of Psychology’s Kriszta Szabo Award for her commitment to issues related to cultural diversity. (Cassandra.Kandah@my.rfums.org)
   

Lindsey Bugno. Lindsey is a second year student in the master’s program earning her degree in clinical counseling on the research track. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from St. Xavier University in Chicago, IL with a degree in psychology and a concentration in mental health counseling. During her time at St. Xavier, Lindsey worked as a research assistant studying emotional intelligence and coping skills. Her research interests include research in health psychology and coping skills as well as working with children and adolescents. Lindsey’s current practicum is with Arden Shore Child and Family Services in Lake Bluff, IL. She is currently a clinic manager, serves on the student training committee, and is a student therapist at the Interprofessional Community Clinic at Rosalind Franklin University. She received the College of Health Professions Clinical Education Award for this work. (Lindsey.Bugno@my.rfums.org)

  •  Undergraduate Students:

A number of undergraduate students from area universities including Marquette University and Lake Forest College are also members of the research team.

Graduate Student Posters
C. Omahen ASRC Poster 2015.pdf
Plevinsky_SPP Poster 2015.pdf
Poulopoulos Issues Checklist poster SPPAC 2015.pdf
A.Wojtowicz_Predictors of HCU and clinic calls in youth with IBD_SPPAC (2015).pdf

 
Recent Lab Photos
 
 Celebrating Amitha's dissertation defense!
 
 Lab members Jill, Andrea, and Tash with Dr. Greenley presenting at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference in San Diego.
Jenny Walter, Andrea Wojtowicz, and Natasha Poulopoulos at the 2013 National Conference in Pediatric Psychology

Tash and Kaila at the 2013 CCFA Take Steps Walk in Glenview IL

 

 Members of the research team at the 2013 Taking Steps CCFA Walk

 

Grad Students Exploring Philly at the 2014 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology

 

 

 
 
 
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