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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 and emerging adults with chronic illnesses. 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 a number of University, College, and Department Committees. She is licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin.

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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, 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 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, including a major focus on pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases.

Publications

*Wojtowicz, A.A., Schurman, J.V., Cushing, C.C., *Plevinsky, J.M., & Greenley, R.N. (in press). Medical student exposure to integrated care in treating pediatric abdominal pain. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology.

*Naftaly, J.P., & Greenley R.N. (2019). Mother-daughter communication about sexual behavior and reproductive health in females with chronic health conditions. Journal of Adolescent Health, 47, 78-84. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2019.04.020

*Igler, E.C., *Defenderfer, E.K., Greenley, R.N., *Plevinsky, J.M., *Bugno, L.T., & Davies, W.H. (in press). Development and initial validation of the Communication About Medication by Providers-Parent Scale (CAMP-P). Global Pediatric Health.

*Plevinsky, J.M., Maddux, M.H., & Greenley, R.N. (2019). Substance use in adolescents and young adults with IBD: An exploratory cluster analysis. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000002365

*Plevinsky, J.M., *Wojtowicz, A.A., Miller, S.A., & Greenley, R.N. (2019). Longitudinal barriers to thiopurine adherence in adolescents with inflammatory bowel diseases. Journal of Pediatric Psychology,44(1), 52-60. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy062

*Plevinsky, J., Greenley, R. N., *Bugno, L., *Carreon, S.,*Igler, E. C., & Davies, W. H. (2018). Development and preliminary validation of a patient-reported measure of patient-provider communication about medication prescriptions for adolescents and young adults. Children’s Health Care. Published online: October 22, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/02739615.2018.1531757

*Carreon, S., *Bugno, L., *Wojtowicz, A., & Greenley, R. N. (2018). School functioning in adolescents with inflammatory bowel diseases: An examination of disease and demographic correlates. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1093/ibd/izy026

*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.

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.

*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.

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: 10.1080/02739615.2017.1383911.

*Plevinsky, J., M., *Gumidyala, A. P., *Poulopoulos, N., Kahn, S., Hommel, K. A., Guilfoyle, S. & Greenley, R. N. (2018). Illness-related parenting stress among parents of adolescents and young adults with inflammatory bowel diseases. Children’s Health Care, 47(2), 136-149.

*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.

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.

*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. 

*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, 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 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, including a major focus on pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases.

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 participating in an NIH funded study 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. 

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. 

Current Students

  Kyle Srnka, M.S.
Jessica Naftaly, M.S.
Jessica is a fifth year clinical psychology doctoral student. Her research interests include the psychosocial aspects of chronic medical conditions. Jessica is currently working on her dissertation on the topic of stigma in patients with autoimmune hepatitis. This year, Jessica is completing a clinical practicum at Oak Park Behavioral Medicine and the Interprofessional Community Clinic. In her free time, she enjoys watching college basketball, spending time with friends, and baking.
  Lindsey Bugno, M.S.
Lindsey is a fourth year student in the PhD program. Her research interests include child and family psychosocial adjustment to chronic medical conditions, specifically factors that promote adherence to treatment regimens. This year, Lindsey is completing a clinical practicum at the Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she collaborates with an interdisciplinary team to provide evidence-based treatment for children and their families affected by mood disorders. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, snuggling with her cats, and cooking.
  Lindsay Durkin, M.S.
Lindsay is a third year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. Her research interests include understanding how parent and family factors (i.e., personality traits, level of involvement, family functioning) may impact child outcomes, such as medication adherence. This year, Lindsay is completing a practicum at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Behavioral Health Services where she is providing general outpatient psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys baking and playing with her dog.
Estée Feldman, M.S.
Estée is a second year student in the PhD program. Her research interests include resilience in context of pediatric chronic illness, the role of disease-related factors on social functioning outcomes and the impact of stigma in chronic illness. This year, she is completing a clinical practicum at the Center for Special Education Services, where she conducts neuropsychological tests on school age students, and at Healthy Families, where she completes behavioral consultations during pediatric health appointments and conducts psychotherapy with children. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, yoga, and baking.
  Taylor Macaulay, M.S.
Taylor is a first year student in the PhD program. Her research interests include health behaviors in pediatric chronic illness, especially eating behaviors, as well as the transition towards autonomy of health behavior responsibilities from adolescence to young adulthood. This year, Taylor is completing a clinical practicum at Arlyn School where she assists in facilitating group therapy for adolescents with social/emotional concerns. In her free time, Taylor enjoys crocheting, watching The Office on repeat, and attending concerts.
Sara Lampert
Sara is a first year student in the master’s program on the research track. Her research interests include community health, health behaviors related to chronic disease, and the impact of chronic disease on psychological functioning. This year, Sara will be completing a clinical practicum at the Lake County Health Department. In her free time, Sara enjoys baking/cooking, reading and participating in book club with her friends, and going for walks.

Alumni

  • Molly Thomanson, PhD
  • Amitha Prasad Gumidyla, PhD
  • Cassandra Kandah, PhD
  • Andrea Wojtowicz, PhD
  • Jill Plevinsky, PhD
  • Natasha Poulopoulos, PhD
  • Samantha Carreron, PhD

Recent Conference Presentations

*Bourque, M.O., Schneider, K.L., *Naftaly, J.P., Kappelman, M.D., Martin, C.F., Greenley, R.N. (2019, August). Contributing factors to sports impairment in youth with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Poster presented at American Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

*Lang, A.C., *Naftaly, J.P., Greenley, R.N., & Davies, W.H. (2019, August). Health competence as a predictor of satisfaction with life and health status in emerging adulthood. Poster presented at American Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

*Feldman, E. C. H., *Koven, M., *Durkin, L., *Grotkowski, K., *Jagpal, A., Buscemi, J., Miller, S., *Bugno, L., Tran, S., & Greenley, R. N. (2019, August). Social support following illness disclosure to peers: Similarities between college students with mental and physical illnesses. Poster presented at American Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

**Miller, V.,*Durkin, L. K., & Greenley, R. (2019, April). An examination of the relationship between personality and adherence/adherence barriers in young adults. Poster presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

*Durkin, L. K., *Feldman, E., *Bugno, L., *Koven, M. L., *Jagpal, A., *Tran, S., & Greenley, R. N. (2019, April) Peer Disclosure and Social Support Among Undergraduate Students with Chronic Illness Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference at New Orleans

*Carreon, S., *Durkin, L., Davies, W. H., & Greenley, R. (2019, April). The role of medication beliefs and perceptions related to past medication experiences in impacting emerging adults’ intent to adhere. Poster presentation at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

*Plevinsky, J.M., Maddux, M.H., & Greenley, R.N. (2019, April). Substance use, healthcare utilization, and quality of life in adolescents and young adults with IBD. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

*Naftaly, J.P., *Carreron, S., *Durkin, L., *Lang, A., Davies, W.H., & Greenley, R.N. (2019, March). Reliability of the beliefs about medication scale (BAMS) short and long form in young adults with and without chronic medical conditions. Poster presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

*Bugno, L., *Feldman, E., *Igler, E., Davies, H. W. & Greenley, R. N., (2019, March). The influence of parental demographic factors on health literacy and adherence in children with and without medical conditions. Poster presented at the Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Conference at Washington D.C.

*Feldman, E.C.H, *Koven, M.L, *Durkin, L, *Grotkowski, K, *Jagpal, A, Buscemi, J, Miller, S.A, *Bugno, L, Tran, S., & Greenley, R.N. (2019, March). Similar levels of social support from friends for undergraduates with mental and physical illnesses.Presented at the All School Research Consortium at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

*Naftaly, J.P., *Bugno, L.T., *Lang A., *Igler, E., Davies, W.H., & Greenley, R.N. (2018, August). Correlates of provider communication about medication prescriptions in a young adult sample. Poster presented at American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, CA. 

*Bugno, L., *Durkin, L.,* Carreon, S., *Lang, A. C., *Lim, P. S., *Naftaly, J., Davies, W. H., & Greenley, R. N. (2018, April). 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.

*Lang, A. C., *Naftaly, J. P., Greenley, R. N., & Davies, W. H. (2018, April). 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.

*Carreon, S. , *Naftaly, J., Davies, W. H., & Greenley, R. N. (2018, April). 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.

*Plevinsky, J., Greenley, R. N., & Lobato, D. (2018, April). 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.

*Poulopoulos, N. , Greenley, R. N., Zebracki, K., & Vogel, L. C. (2018, April). 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.

*Wojtowicz, A., Miller, S. A., Greenley, R. N., Vogel, L., & Zebracki, K. (2018, April). 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.

*denotes a student author