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Rachel Neff Greenley, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair

Dr. Rachel Neff Greenley is an Associate Professor of Psychology and serves as the department chair. Dr. Greenley obtained her Ph.D. 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 an NIH-funded T-32 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 with chronic illnesses. Most recently, Dr. Greenley’s work has focused on improving adolescent, young adult, and family functioning among families of youth with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Her research has been funded by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Dr. Greenley teaches courses in Statistics, Health Psychology, and Child and Adolescent Cognitive Behavioral Therapy within the Department.  Dr. Greenley is involved in a number of professional activities including serving as an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, serving as a member of the RFUMS IRB, and serving on the University Senate. She is licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Curriculum Vitae
Are You a Prospective Graduate Student?
Dr. Greenley will be considering student applications for the 2018/2019 academic year.  

Do you have questions regarding the admission process or what it is like working with Dr. Greenley?

Email a current graduate student to gain a student's perspective.
Lindsey Bugno (Lindsey.Bugno@my.rfums.org)
Samantha Carreon (Samantha.Carreon@my.rfums.org)
Jessica Naftaly (Jessica.Naftaly@my.rfums.org)
Tash Poulopoulos (Natasha.Poulopoulos@my.rfums.org)
Lindsay Durkin (Lindsay.Durkin@my.rfums.org)

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Research

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.

Publications

  1. *Carreon, S., *Bugno, L., *Wojtowicz, A., & Greenley, R. N. (2018). School functioning in adolescents with inflammatory bowel diseases: An examination of disease and demographic correlate Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1093/ibd/izy026
  2. *Gumidyala, A. P., Greenley, R.N., *Plevinsky, J. M., *Poulopoulos, N., Cabrera, J., Lerner, D., Noe, J. D., Walkiewicz, D., Werlin, S., & Kahn, S. A. (2018). Moving on: Transition readiness in adolescents and young adults with IBD. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 24(3), 482-489.
  3. Greenley, R. N.,* Naftaly, J. P., *Walker, R. J., Kappelman, M. D., Martin, C. F., & Schneider, K. L. (2018). Sports participation in youth with inflammatory bowel diseases: The role of disease activity and physical health symptoms. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 24(2), 247-253.
  4. Greenley, R. N., Reed-Knight, B., *Wojtowicz, A., *Plevinsky, J., Lewis, J. D., & Kahn, S. A. (2017). A bitter pill to swallow: Barriers to adherence among adolescents and young adults with IBD. Children’s Health Care, DOI: 1080/02739615.2017.1383911.
  5. *Plevinsky, J. M., *Wojtowicz, A., *Poulopoulos, N., Schneider, K., & Greenley, R. N. (2018). Perceived impairment in sports participation in adolescents with inflammatory bowel diseases: A preliminary examination. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 66(1), 79-83.
  6. *Thomason, M., M., *Nguyen, E. U., *Poulopoulos, N., Kahn, S., & Guilfoyle, S. M., Hommel, K. A., & Greenley, R. N. (2017). Reliability and validity of The Beliefs About Medication Scale in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Child Health Care, 21(3), 253-262.
  7. *Plevinsky, J., M., *Gumidyala, A. P., *Poulopoulos, N., Kahn, S., Hommel, K. A., Guilfoyle, S. & Greenley, R. N. (2017). Illness-related parenting stress among parents of adolescents and young adults with inflammatory bowel diseases. Children’s Health Care, 47(2), 136-149.
  8. Polfuss, M., Simpson, P., Greenley, R. N., Zhang, L., & Sawin, K. J. (2017). Parental feeding behaviors and weight-related concerns in children with special needs. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 39(8), 1070-1093.
  9. *Gumidyala, A. P., *Plevinsky, J. M., *Poulopoulos, N., Kahn, S. A., & Greenley, R. N. (2017). What teens don’t know can hurt them: An assessment of disease knowledge in adolescents and young adults with IBD.  Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 23(1), 89-96. 
  10. *Nguyen, E., *Bugno, L., *Kandah, C., *Plevinsky, J., *Poulopoulos, N., *Wojtowicz, A., Schneider, K.L., & Greenley, R.N. (2016). Is There a Good App for That? Evaluating mHealth Apps for Strategies that Promote Pediatric Medication Adherence. Telemedicine and e-Health,22(11), 929-937.
  11. Reed-Knight, B., Lee, J., Greenley, R. N., Lewis, J. D., & Blount, R. L. (2016). Disease activity does not explain it all: How internalizing symptoms and caregiver depressive symptoms relate to health-related quality of life among youth with inflammatory bowel disease. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 22(4), 963-967.
  12. *Walter, J., Kahn, S. A., Noe, J., Schurman, J. V., Miller, S. A. & Greenley, R. N. (2016). Feeling fine: Anxiety and depressive symptoms in youth with established IBD. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. 22(2), 402-408.
  13. 13. *Wojtowicz, A. A., *Plevinsky, J., *Poulopoulos, N., Schurman, J. V., & Greenley, R. N. (2016). Examining predictors of health care utilization in youth with inflammatory bowel disease. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 28(4), 469-474.

*Denotes a student author.  

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

  • Congratulations to recent graduates Jill Plevinsky, Andrea Wotowicz, and Jennifer Walter, all of whom are transitioning to postdoc experiences.
  • Congratulations to Samantha Carreon who just began her internship at Children’s Hospital Boston and Natasha Poulopoulos who just began her internship at Jackson Health in Miami.
  • We're excited to announce we are participating in an NIH R01 5-year grant to evaluate the efficacy of a peer mentoring program in enhancing quality of life of youth with inflammatory bowel disease.  
  • This fall we are completing data collection for our grant in partnership with DePaul University in which we are examining the role of daily stressors and physical health complaints in predicting health risk and health promotion behaviors in undergraduates with and without chronic medical conditions.

Current Projects

Peer Mentoring to Enhance Quality of Life of Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.  In partnership with researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, we are beginning a 5 year R01 to examine the impact of peer mentoring to improve the quality of life of adolescents with IBD.   

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 influencing health risk and health promotion behaviors in undergraduate students. We hope to use this information to identify college students who may be at risk for poor adjustment and ultimately develop interventions that may enhance self-management and health promotion in this group.    

Physical Activity in Youth with IBD.  In collaboration with Dr. Kristin Schneider and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, we are examining levels of physical activity among children and adolescents with IBD and how involvement in physical activity influences youth mental health and physical health. We are interested in obtaining information about the extent to which enhancing physical activity may be a viable strategy for improving disease outcomes in youth with IBD.  

Patient-Provider Communication about Medications.  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 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. 

Recent Conference Presentations

  1. *Bugno, L., *Durkin, L.,* Carreon, S., *Lang, A. C., *Lim, P. S., *Naftaly, J., Davies, W. H., & Greenley, R. N. (2018). Examining differences in health literacy and self-efficacy among late adolescents and young adults with and without chronic health conditions.Poster Presentation at the 2018 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 5-April 7, 2018, Orlando, FL.
  2. *Lang, A. C., *Naftaly, J. P., Greenley, R. N., & Davies, W. H. (2018). Impact of perceived health competence and current living situation on the quality of life of emerging adults with chronic health conditions. Poster Presentation at the 2018 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 5-April 7, 2018, Orlando, FL.
  3. *Carreon, S. , *Naftaly, J., Davies, W. H., & Greenley, R. N. (2018). The creation and utilization of clinical vignettes to induce outcome expectancies in emerging adults. Poster Presentation at the 2018 Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Convention, April 12-April 15, 2018, New Orleans, LA.
  4. *Plevinsky, J., Greenley, R. N., & Lobato, D. (2018). Examining the application of the pediatric self-management model in college students with inflammatory bowel diseases. Poster Presentation at the 2018 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 5-April 7, 2018, Orlando, FL.
  5. *Poulopoulos, N. , Greenley, R. N., Zebracki, K., & Vogel, L. C. (2018). Family and primary caregiver functioning in families of youth with spinal cord injury: Longitudinal associations with youth adjustment. Poster Presentation at the 2018 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 5-April 7, 2018, Orlando, FL.
  6. *Wojtowicz, A., Miller, S. A., Greenley, R. N., Vogel, L., & Zebracki, K. (2018). The impact of mobility on life satisfaction in pediatric-onset spinal cord injury. Poster Presentation at the 2018 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 5-April 7, 2018, Orlando, FL.
  7. *Plevinsky, J. M., Miller, S. A., Maddux, M. H., Fishman, L., Noe, J., Kahn, S. A., & Greenley, R. N. (2017). Substance use and self-management in college students with IBD. Poster Presentation at the 2017 North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Annual Conference, November 1-4, 2017, Las Vegas, NV.
  8. *Naftaly, J., Greenley, R.N., *Lang, A.C., & Davies, W.H. (2017, August). Emerging adults with chronic medical conditions: Ongoing research and dissemination barriers. Poster presented at American Psychological Association Convention, August 2017, Washington, DC.
  9. *Naftaly, J., & Greenley, R.N. (2017, April). Mother-daughter communication about sexual behavior and prevalence of sexual behavior in female adolescents with chronic illnesses. Poster presented at Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, April, 2017 Chicago, IL.
  10. *Poulopoulos, N., & Greenley, R. N. (2017). Psychosocial functioning as a predictor of family conflict among families of adolescents with inflammatory bowel diseases. Poster Presentation at the 2017 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, March 30-April 1, 2017, Portland, OR.
  11. *Plevinsky, J. M., *Wojtowicz, A., A., Miller, S. A., & Greenley, R. N. (2017). Longitudinal barriers to oral medication adherence in adolescents with inflammatory bowel diseases. Poster Presentation at the 2017 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, March 30-April 1, 2017, Portland, OR.
  12. *Igler, E. C., *Defenderfer, E. K., *Plevinsky, J. M., Greenley, R. N., *Bugno, L. T., & Davies, W. H. (2017). Development and psychometric properties of the Communication about Medication by Providers—Parent (CAMP-P) Version. Poster Presentation at the 2017 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, March 30-April 1, 2017, Portland, OR.
  13. *Wojtowicz, A. A., Miller, S., Vogel, L., Greenley, R. N. & Zebracki, K. (2017). Participation in individuals with pediatric-onset spinal cord injury: The examination of social integration. Poster Presentation at the 2017 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, March 30-April 1, 2017, Portland, OR.
  14. *Naftaly, J. P., & Greenley, R. N. (2017, March). Communication about sexual behavior in mothers of adolescents with chronic illnesses: The role of positive outcome expectancy. Poster Presentation at the 2017 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, March 30-April 1, 2017, Portland, OR.
  15. *Bugno, L., *Plevinsky, J., *Carreon, S., *Igler, E., Davies, W. H. & Greenley, R. N. (2017). An analysis of provider-patient communication about medication prescriptions using the CAMP-AYA. Poster Presentation at the 2017 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, March 30-April 1, 2017, Portland, OR.
  16. *Carreon, S., & Greenley, R. N. (2017). School functioning in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Demographic and disease correlates. Poster Presentation at the 2017 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, March 30-April 1, 2017, Portland, OR.