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

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 Natasha Poulopoulos, a new first year PhD student in our lab!  Tash graduated from the MS in Clinical Counseling Program at RFUMS and is now joining the Doctoral Program. 
  • Congratulations to Amitha Gumidyala who is headed to internship at the Palo Alto VA!
  • Congratulations to Andrea Wojtowicz and Amitha Gumidyala, who recently had a paper published based on our data from the PHONE study in the Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis: http://www.ecco-jccjournal.org/article/S1873-9946(14)00060-9/abstract
  • Andrea Wojtowicz received the 2014 Excellence in Psychological Research Award from the RFUMS Department of Psychology and was also recently selected to serve on the APA Division 54 Student Advisory Board.
  • Natasha Poulopoulos received the 2014 Excellence in Psychological Research in the Clinical Counseling Program. 
  • Eve Nguyen received a travel award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America to attend the summer 2014 Summit Conference and present some of her ongoing research being conducted with psychologists at Shriners Hospital.
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 6th year student in the doctoral program who is a graduate of Northwestern University. Amitha's research interests include health related quality of life, social support, and transition to adult care in IBD.

 

Eve Nguyen, M.S. Eve is a second year student in the doctoral program with a masters 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.
   
Molly Mishler Thomason, M.S. Molly is a third year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD 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. She is currently completing a dissertation project that will examine the validity of the food addiction construct in a pediatric population by examining eating behaviors, rates of substance use, and executive functioning..
   
Jennifer Walter. Jennifer is a fourth year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD 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. Jennifer's 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 HALP and Craniofacial Clinics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
   

Andrea Wojtowicz, M.S.. Andrea is a third year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD 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.

   

Natasha Poulopoulos. Natasha is a second year student in the Clinical Counseling Program. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. Natasha's current practicum is with Arden Shore Child and Family Services in the counseling program.


   

Jill Plevinsky, M.A. Jill is a second year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD 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 Center for Psychological Services in Northfield, IL.




     

Chris Omahen Chris is a first year student in the Clinical Counseling M.S. Program.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience/Biopsychology from Miami University (Ohio) in 2011.  Chris has spent the past two years working with children diagnosed with ADHD and related issues and researching the efficacy of behavioral treatment programs for this population.   Research interests include transition to adult care, parent catastrophizing, and family conflict in children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease.

  •  Undergraduate Students:

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

 
Recent Lab Photos
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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