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The training I received as one of the first fellows in the Adherence Center provided invaluable mentorship across multiple areas of professional development. While nearly every training program offers experiences in research design and implementation, sophisticated statistical techniques, and specific chronic illness populations, I believe my training in the Adherence Center’s fellowship stands apart in three main ways: program development, flexibility, and variety. I was encouraged to gain training in motivational interviewing, develop and implement my own MI-based interventions for various research programs, collaborated with PI’s from multiple chronic illness groups, and developed working relationships with various providers in clinics and at the in-patient level. Every activity I participated in was by my choice and design; I developed my own interest-driven training program in close collaboration with my mentors and with my career development as a focus. The opportunities I had allowed me to obtain a competitive position with varied responsibilities. Part of my time is spent in the development and implementation of a hospital-wide outcome improvement initiative. As part of the endeavor, I collaborate with hospital leadership and partners across the country to ensure the utility, acceptability, and actual uptake of provider-based training in self-management. The other part of my time is spent in clinical care with patients from a wide range of chronic illness populations (because I specialized in adherence, not a specific disease group I have clinical flexibility). As the clinical service is an integrated clinical research program, I continue to use my research skills in the assessment and report of effectiveness data. Finally, I value the time I have as mentor in the fellowship training program and the chance to give back as much as I received.
Years in program: 2007-2008
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Director of Clinical Service, Center for Adherence Promotion and Self-Management, Cincinnati, OH
View Sandra Cortina's CV
I am currently in a research-focused junior faculty position at an academic medical center. My fellowship in the Cincinnati Children's Adherence Center prepared me for this role by strengthening my research skills, providing me access to high-quality studies and datasets, supporting me to spend my time conducting analyses and writing, and exposing me to emerging concepts and analytic approaches in adherence research . The targeted adherence training I received within a specific disease group gave me the foundation to establish a programmatic line of research that I am able to independently continue to build as I move beyond fellowship. In addition, the exposure I received to clinical care and research in other disease groups broadened my understanding of adherence across pediatric chronic conditions, which has allowed me to expand my research to new conditions and populations in my current position. Finally, the supportive and collegial environment gave me not only the confidence but also the network of mentors and collaborators that I needed to move from trainee to my next step as an early career professional.
Years in program: 2010-2012
Current Position: Research Association in John Hopkins Adherence Research Center, John Hopkins Adherence Research Center, John Hopkins University School of Medicine.
View Marisa Hilliard's CV
Lisa Ingerski is currently an Assistant Member in the Department of Psychology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Her current faculty position is distributed across both research and clinical (30%) activities. The two-year fellowship in the adherence center provided the opportunity to collaborate with other early career psychologists and to function, in large part, as a junior faculty member. Participation in rich and varied research and clinical activities as a postdoctoral fellow provided a solid foundation from which to begin an academic career with a focus on adherence in oncology, sickle cell disease, and HIV/AIDS pediatric populations.
Years in program: 2008-2010
Current Position: Assistant Professor, St Jude Children’s Hospital Department of Psychology, Memphis, TN.
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I am currently assistant professor with joint appointments in Developmental and Behavioral Sciences, and Gastroenterology. I work primarily with the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) team, with my time spent evenly between clinical work, research, and program development. I provide clinic-based and outpatient psychological services to youth with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and conduct clinical research that focuses primarily on adherence to medical regimens, disease/treatment knowledge, and transition to adult care. I am also involved in program development, with focus on the development of a multidisciplinary IBD clinic and the development of a standard care transition program that assists youth with IBD in transitioning from pediatric to adult health systems. My fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s offered me specialized training in models of translational research, adherence intervention, measurement, and methodology, and clinical program development; skills which make me uniquely poised to make novel contributions to the field of pediatric adherence research and clinical practice.
Years in program: 2008-2012
Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences and Gastroenterology, Children’s Hospital Mercy and Clinics, Kansas City, MO.
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Shanna M. Guilfoyle, PhD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics within the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She currently serves as the clinical psychologist within a multi-disciplinary team in the Division of Neurology’s New Onset Seizure Clinic. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of psychological comorbidities associated with pediatric epilepsy. Broadly, she has studied child, caregiver, and family functioning and their impact on pediatric chronic disease management and adherence across a variety of pediatric chronic conditions (i.e., obesity, transplant, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes). She has served as a clinical interventionist on multiple NIH-funded randomized clinical trials to promote pediatric self-management and medication adherence. The Adherence Center fellowship provided me with the specialized training in adherence assessment and treatment, along with developing strong research skills in the development and execution of randomized controlled clinical trials. The ability to work with multiple Adherence Center faculty members across a broad spectrum of pediatric chronic conditions allowed me to have a more enhanced understanding of adherence measurement and barriers that impede adherence intervention that are unique to specific populations.
Years in program: 2009-2011
Current position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
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