• Cortina Research Lab

    Welcome to the Clinical Service Lab headed by Sandra Cortina, PhD.  Our research focuses on the development of innovative clinical services for children and adolescents and their families who present with salient problems in adherence to medical treatment. 

    Our lab measures the outcomes of clinical consultations, assessments and interventions of children, adolescents and their families.  In the Cortina lab, we collect data on adherence rates and family stressors in children and families dealing with a chronic illness.

    We hope that this information will lead to better interventions for families having difficulty maintaining their treatment regimens. 

  • Lab Publications

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    Cortina S, Drotar D, Ericksen M, Lindsey M, Patterson TL, Biagini Myers JM,  Butsch Kovacic M, Hershey GKK. Genetic Biomarkers of Health-Related Quality of Life in Pediatric Asthma. Journal of Pediatrics. 2011.

    This article represents the first research study to examine and report a significant association between asthma-linked SNPs and health-related quality of life in children. S. Cortina contributed data analysis, literature review, interpretation of results and write-up at all stages of preparation.

    Cortina S, McGraw K, deAlarcon A, Ahrens A, Rothenberg ME, Drotar D. Psychological functioning of children and adolescents with eosinophil-associated gastrointestinal disorders. Children’s Health Care. 39 (4), 266-278. 2010.

    Herzer M, Gobel J, Cortina S. Transitioning cognitively impaired young patients with special health needs to adult-oriented care: collaboration between medical providers and pediatric psychologists. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 22 (5), 668-672. 2010.

    This article provides much needed comprehensive guidelines for a multidisciplinary approach to transitioning cognitively impaired young adults with ESRD. S. Cortina contributed to the literature review, mentorship in case study presentation, mentorship in developing guidelines for a multidisciplinary approach to transition needs and write-up at all stages of preparation.

    Cortina S, Laffel LMB, Hood KK. Demographic and psychosocial factors associated with insulin pump use. Pediatric Diabetes. 2009.

    Cortina S. Advancing women’s health care: Assessment and treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Women & therapy: A Feminist Quarterly. 28 (2), 91-104. 2005.

    Clay DL, Cortina S, Harper D, Cocco KM, Drotar D. School teachers’ experiences with childhood chronic illness. Children’s Health Care. 33 (3), 217-226. 2004.