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Rachel Neff Greenley, PhD

Rachel Neff Greenley, PhD

Dr. Rachel Neff Greenley is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Greenley obtained her PhD in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in clinical child psychology, from Loyola University Chicago. She completed an internship in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at Lurie Children’s Hospital and a  fellowship in Child Behavioral Health Research and Pediatric Psychology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

She joined the faculty of RFUMS in 2009. Her research interests focus on youth and family adjustment in the context of pediatric chronic illness, with a particular interest in adherence and self-management skill development among adolescents and emerging adults with chronic illnesses. Dr. Greenley teaches courses in Health Psychology and Child and Adolescent Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Dr. Greenley will not be accepting a student for the 2024/2025 academic year.

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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, adolescents, and emerging adults 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 and emerging adult developmental periods, as well as intervention studies to evaluate the efficacy of programs to enhance adherence and promote positive adjustment. An additional emerging area of work for me has centered on the experiences of parents of children hospitalized in the PICU. The goal of this line of research is to identify risk and resilience factors for trauma symptoms among this group and to develop interventions to improve parent outcomes.


  • *Lampert, S. L., *Feldman, E. C., *Durkin, L. K., Davies, W. H., Greenley, R. N. (2022). Medication adherence among emerging adults: The influence of provider communication and patient personality. Children's Health Care, 51(1), 101-117.
  • *Howe, M. M., *Feldman, E., *Lampert, S. L., *Kenney, A. E., Davies, W. H., & Greenley, R. N. (2021). Caregiver perceptions of importance of COVID-19 preventative health guidelines and difficulty following guidelines are associated with child adherence rates. Families, Systems & Health39(4), 632–637.
  • *Feldman, E. C., Balistreri, K. A., Lampert, S., Durkin, L. K., Bugno, L. T., Davies, W. H., & Greenley, R. N. (2021). Emerging Adults’ Adherence to Preventative Health Guidelines in Response to COVID-19. Journal of Pediatric Psychology46(6), 635-644.
  • *Feldman, E.C.H., *Durkin, L.K, *Bugno, L., Davies, W.H, Miller, S. A., & Greenley, R.N. (2021). Communication about Medication by Providers-Adolescent and Young Adult Version: A confirmatory factor analysis. Journal of Pediatric Psychology46(5), 599–608.
  • *Feldman, E. C. H., *Durkin L.K , & Greenley, R. N. (2021). Family support is associated with fewer adherence barriers and greater intent to adhere to oral medications in pediatric IBD. Journal of Pediatric Nursing,60, 58-64.
  • Tran, S. T. *Grotkowski, K., Miller, S. A., *Reed, B. W., *Koven, M. L. , Buscemi, J., & Greenley, R. N. (2020). Hassles predict physical health complaints in undergraduate students: a dynamic structural equation model analysis of daily diary data. Psychology & Health, 36(7), 828-846.
  • *Durkin, L., *Bugno, L., *Feldman, E. C. H., Davies, W. H., & Greenley, R. N. (2020). Investigating direct and indirect influences of parent personality on child medication adherence. Children’s Health Care, 50(2), 125-141.
  • *Plevinsky, J.M., Maddux, M.H., Fishman, L.N., Kahn, S.A., & Greenley, R.N. (2020). Perceived effect of pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases on academics, college planning, and college adjustment. Journal of American College Health, published online 09 Jul 2020.
  • *Lang, A., Greenley, R. N., & Davies, W. H. (2020). Impact of perceived health competence on the quality of life of emerging adults with chronic health conditions. Emerging Adulthood. Published online 14 Jul 2020.
  • *Carreon, S., *Durkin, L., Davies, W. H., & Greenley, R. N. (2020). Influence of provider communication on emerging adults’ medication cognitions and provider satisfaction. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 45(5) 573–582.
  • *Feldman, E. C. H., *Macaulay, T., Tran, S. T., Miller, S. A., Buscemi, J., & Greenley, R. N. (2020). Relationships between disease factors and social support in college students with chronic physical illnesses. Children’s Health Care, 49(3), 1-20.
  • *Igler, E.C., *Sejkora, E., Greenley, R.N., *Plevinsky, J.M., *Bugno, L., Carreon, S., & Davies, W.H. (2019). Development and initial validation of the Communication About Medication by Providers-Parent Scale (CAMP-P). Global Pediatric Health, 6, 1-11.

*Denotes a student author.

Current Projects

Patient-Provider Communication and Medication Adherence. We have two ongoing projects in this area. First, in partnership with NorthShore Health Systems, we are examining how a match between patient preferences and provider behavior may facilitate psychosocial and disease self-management outcomes in emerging adults with Type I Diabetes. Second, in partnership with researchers at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, we are investigating how medical providers discuss medication prescriptions with their patients, and the extent to which modifying the content of provider communication may enhance patient adherence. We are examining this in samples of adolescents and young adults, and also among samples of parents of school-aged children. We hope to better understand strengths and weaknesses in patient-provider communication so that we may develop interventions to enhance communication about medication as a method of enhancing medication adherence.

Parent Trauma Symptoms in Response to Youth PICU Admission. In collaboration with researchers at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, we are developing a project to examine cognitive risk factors for parent trauma symptoms in a sample of parents whose children were admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). A parallel project is investigating broader experiences of parents of adolescents who have been traumatized with the goal of understanding salient cognitive risk and protective factors. The long-term goal of this program of research is to better understand how to prevent parental post traumatic stress symptoms via delivery of brief interventions during the child’s hospital stay.

Health Risk and Health Promotion Behaviors in College Students with and Without Chronic Medical Conditions. In collaboration with researchers at DePaul University, we are examining the role of daily hassles and physical health symptoms in prospectively influencing health risk and health promotion behaviors in undergraduate students with and without chronic health conditions. We plan to use this information to identify individuals who may be at risk for poor adjustment and ultimately develop interventions that may enhance self-management and health promotion in this group.

Current Students

  Lindsay Durkin, MS
Lindsay is a 7th year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. Her research interests include understanding how parent and family factors may impact child outcomes, such as medication adherence. Lindsay is currently completing an internship at Oregon Health Sciences University. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys playing with her dog and aerial yoga.
Kim Grzesek
Kim is a 2nd year student in the Ph.D. program. Her interests include understanding how disruptions to roles and responsibilities (i.e. education, employment, and living situation, etc.) may impact psychosocial outcomes of adolescents and emerging adults. This year, Kim is completing her practicum at Mind/Body Solutions for Empowered and Balanced Living. Kim enjoys running, photography, and traveling abroad.
Meghan Howe, BA
Meghan is a 4th year student in the Ph.D. program. She is interested in identifying processes by which child- and family-level factors confer risk or promote resilience in children diagnosed with chronic medical conditions and psychometrics of existing pediatric psychology assessment tools. Her long-term goals are to conduct collaborative research and clinical work to improve psychosocial outcomes in children and families coping with chronic illness. This year, Meghan is completing a pediatric psychology practicum at the University of Chicago. Meghan enjoys dancing, trying new restaurants, and running in her free time.
Sara Lampert-Okin, MS
Sara is a 3rd year student in the PhD program. Her research interests include adolescents and emerging adults with chronic health conditions, adherence behaviors, and the influence of the patient-provider relationship on self-management. This year, Sara is completing a pediatric psychology practicum at the University of Chicago. In her free time, Sara enjoys baking, participating in book club, doing puzzles, and going for walks.  
Sophia Rintell
Sophia is a 1st year student in the Ph.D. program. Her research interests center around psychosocial considerations for children and families living with chronic illness. Specifically she is interested in the prevention and treatment of internalizing symptoms in children and adolescents with chronic health conditions and its potential effect on disease outcomes, the impact of family and caregiver factors on child health outcomes, and family/caregiver-based interventions targeting adjustment to illness. Sophia is getting to know Chicago one coffee shop, bakery, or pizza parlor at a time. She enjoys biking by the lake, cooking for friends, and listening to live music in her free time.
Angela Yu
Angela is a second-year medical student in the Chicago Medical School MD program. She is interested in entering the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and her research interests include exploring the relationship between parent and family factors and child health outcomes. In her free time, Angela enjoys cooking and trying new foods, reading, traveling, and hanging out with her new kitty.


Pediatric Psychology or Pediatric Neuropsychology:

  • Estée Hoy Feldman
    • Internship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    • Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Lindsey Bugno, PhD
    • Internship: Indiana University School of Medicine/Riley Children’s Hospital
    • Fellowship: Northwest Suburban Psychology Group (pediatric neuropsychology)
  • Samantha Carreon, PhD
    • Internship: Children’s Hospital Boston
    • Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Eve Nguyen, PhD
    • Internship: Kennedy Krieger Institute
    • Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Orange County
  • Jill Plevinsky, PhD
    • Internship: Brown University School of Medicine
    • Fellowship: Cinicinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Natasha Poulopoulos, PhD
    • Internship: Jackson Miami Medical Center
    • Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Boston
  • Molly Thomason, PhD
    • Internship: University of New Mexico
    • Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital (pediatric neuropsychology)
  • Jennifer Walter PhD
    • Internship: University of New Mexico
    • Fellowship: Neuropsychological Services of New Mexico (pediatric neuropsychology)
  • Andrea Wojtowicz, PhD
    • Internship: Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    • Fellowship: Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Health Psychology:

  • Amitha Gumidayala, PhD
    • Internship: VA Palo Alto Health Care System
    • Fellowship: VA Palo Alto Health Care System
  • Cassandra Kandah, PhD
    • Internship: Lovell Federal Health Care Center
    • Fellowship: Loyola University Medical Center
  • Jessica Naftaly, PhD
    • Internship: Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
    • Fellowship: Michigan Medicine