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Our research coordinators take the lead role in recruiting and retaining study participants, which involves a high degree of interaction with patients and their families. They also perform clinical research duties according to study protocols, maintain correspondence with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and conduct data collection, entry, and management. Advanced research coordinators in our lab have the opportunity to conduct preliminary data analyses, prepare professional presentations and/or manuscript writing, and supervise lab volunteers and staff.
Postdoctoral fellows working in our lab have numerous training opportunities in design and conduct of randomized controlled trials involving behavioral interventions, data analyses, manuscript writing, grant writing, development of manualized interventions and clinical work in adherence and self-management, as well as other clinical opportunities in pediatric psychology. Fellows experience a variety of didactic training experiences in the Center for the Promotion of Treatment Adherence and Self-Management and the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. They interact with a variety of clinicians and researchers in psychology, medicine, biostatistics and epidemiology.
Learn more about Dr. Kevin Hommel.
Dr. Hommel is a Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology and the Center for Adherence and Self-Management. Dr. Hommel's research broadly focuses on adherence and self-management assessment methodology, behavioral treatment of nonadherence and promotion of self-management behavior, the impact of adherence and self-management interventions on health outcomes in pediatric chronic conditions, and the use of technology to promote optimal self-management across conditions.
Liz has been a part of the Hommel Lab since January 2008. She received a Master’s of Public Health from Ohio State University in June 2012. During her time in the lab, she has coordinated eight studies focusing on treatment adherence, quality of life, and self-management in pediatric chronic conditions. Her role in the Hommel lab includes project management, data management, grant writing, and manuscript development.
Katie received her B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Deaf Studies from the University of Cincinnati in June 2010. In March 2012, she also obtained a Certificate in Health Information Technology. Katie has been working in the Hommel Lab since April 2010. During her time at CCHMC, she has managed seven studies, including the TEAM, LEAD and STEP studies. In the future, Katie plans to work with children as a speech-language pathologist.
Dr. McGrady is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Promotion of Treatment Adherence and Self-Management. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati and her residency at CCHMC. She is involved in grant writing, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and the delivery of manualized treatment interventions to promote adherence in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease. After fellowship, Meghan hopes to continue to pursue her research interests as a clinical researcher in an academic medical center.
Dr. Ryan is a first-year postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Adherence and Self-Management. She completed her Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University and her residency at CCHMC. Her research background is in cognitive variables that influence the transactional relationship between parent and child adjustment outcomes in the context of pediatric chronic illness. Her primary role in the Hommel lab includes serving as an interventionist on the TEAM study, grant writing, manuscript development, and data analysis. After fellowship, Jamie plans to obtain a position at an academic children’s hospital where she can continue to work with a pediatric population and focus her research on self-management and improved quality of life for patients and their families.
Rachelle is resident in the O’Grady Behavioral Medicine Residency Program here at CCHMC. Most of Rachelle’s time is devoted to the delivery of evidence-based intervention and assessment in clinical settings to improve pediatric health across a variety of populations. Following the completion of her residency year, Rachelle will earn her PhD from Oklahoma State University. Rachelle previously served as an interventionist for the TEAM study and is involved in data analysis and manuscript development in the Hommel lab.
Demi Bruck recently completed her Master’s in Clinical Psychology and is entering her third year of doctoral training at the University of Cincinnati. She has been involved in community-based initiatives aimed at promoting child health and well-being among underserved, diverse populations. Demi has also been involved in research projects focused on promoting self-management behavior and improving the overall quality of life of children and adolescents with chronic medical conditions, such as sickle-cell disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Her role in the Hommel lab includes serving as an interventionist on the TEAM study, where she will deliver manualized treatment interventions to promote adherence in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease.
Assistant Professor (Auburn University); Cincinnati Children's Affiliate
Dr. Gray is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Auburn University and a former post-doctoral fellow in the Center for Adherence and Self-Management. Dr. Gray completed her Ph.D. at the University of Florida and residency and post-doctoral fellowship at CCHMC. Dr. Gray continues to be an active collaborator with Dr. Hommel and, under his mentorship, she is the new recipient of a Career Development Award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. This innovative research project seeks to develop a transition to adult care program for adolescents and young adults with IBD. Drawing on her excellent training at CCHMC, Dr. Gray is well-positioned to continue her research focused on health promotion and transition to adult care in adolescents with chronic illness.
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