Kimberly Klages, PhD, is a first-year NIH T32 postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Adherence and Self-Management under the mentorship of Dr. Ahna Pai. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis and completed her residency in behavioral medicine through the O’Grady Residency Program in Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s. Kim’s research interests broadly include examining risk factors associated with poor quality of life and psychosocial adjustment difficulties among youth with cancer. She is particularly interested in the development and implementation of integrative and alternative therapies to reduce pain and fatigue in survivors of pediatric cancer. After completing fellowship, Kim plans on pursuing a faculty position in a pediatric academic medical center where she can continue her line of research and provide evidenced based clinical care to youth with chronic health conditions and their families.
Amy Noser is a first-year NIH T32 postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Adherence and Self-Management under the primary mentorship of Dr. Hommel. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Kansas and completed her residency at Cincinnati Children's. Her primary research interests include the novel uses of technology to assess, facilitate, and promote self-management and adherence to medical regimens in pediatric chronic conditions. In particular, she is interested in use of technology to develop and deliver interventions that adapt over time to the patient’s changing status and circumstances with the goal to address their need for support with their medical regimen, whenever it may arise. After completing fellowship, Amy plans to pursue a faculty position in an academic medical center that will allow her to continue her research and clinical work with youth and families managing chronic illnesses.
Rachel Sweenie, PhD (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a first-year NIH T32 postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Adherence and Self-Management under the primary mentorship of Dr. Rachelle Ramsey. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human biology and psychology from the University of Kansas. She spent three years as clinical research assistant with the Behavioral Diabetes Research Team at Children’s National Hospital and served two years in the Peace Corps as a community health volunteer in eSwatini prior to pursuing graduate study. Dr. Sweenie earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Florida and completed her clinical internship in pediatric psychology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She is broadly interested in psychosocial issues in pediatric chronic illness, with a current focus on adherence and health equity in pediatric asthma. She plans to pursue a career in academic medicine after completing her fellowship, with a focus on the development as well as the equitable dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions that address adherence and self-management among diverse pediatric populations.
Dr. Desireé Williford (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a first-year NIH T32 postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Adherence and Self-Management under the primary mentorship of Dr. Avani Modi and secondary mentorship of Dr. Lori Crosby. Desireé earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2014 as well as her doctoral degree in psychology and master of public health from West Virginia University in 2021. Her research interests broadly intersect pediatric psychology, implementation science, and public health with a specific focus on the design, implementation, and cultural adaptation of evidence-based interventions and preventative programming for adherence and self-management among youth with chronic illnesses and their families. Desireé is particularly interested in the overlap between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), addressing social determinants of health in clinical research, and diabetes. Moreover, she is also interested in expanding models of adherence and self-management to include a deeper understanding of DEI principles and social determinants of health. After completing her fellowship, Dr. Williford plans to pursue a faculty position in an academic medical center that will allow her to continue her passions in research and provide evidence-based clinical care to youth and families with diabetes.
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