Graduate Students

Current Graduate Students

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Jillian Austin, MS, BCBA

5th Year Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Infant death related to unsafe sleep environments, perceptions about and social support for those with chronic illness, using behavioral interventions to target pediatric health concerns, autism spectrum disorders, and feeding and toileting issues.

Current Projects:

Using a technology-aided approach to teach parents how to create a safe infant sleep environment, parent compliance with and reactions to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ safe sleep guidelines, reducing negative perceptions of children with autism spectrum disorder and their family using various disclosure methods, the impact of and reactions to young adults’ diabetes disclosure on social relationships, the relationship between youth engagement in the choking game and alcohol use.

Publications:

Austin, J. E., Zinke, V. L., & Davies, W. H. (2016). Influencing Perceptions about Children with Autism and their Parents Using Disclosure Cards. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(8), 2764-2769. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2821-6

Defenderfer, E. K., Austin, J. E., & Davies, W. H. (2015). Current characteristics of the choking game on YouTube. Global Pediatric Health, 1-6. doi: 10.1177/2333794X15622333

Austin, J. E., & Tiger, J. H. (2015). Using alternative reinforcers to facilitate tolerance to delayed reinforcement following functional communication training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48(3), 1-6. doi: 10.1002/jaba.215

Office: Pearse 374
Email: jmccance@uwm.edu

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Ellen Defenderfer, MS

4th Year Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Family systems influences in early parenting decisions (i.e. toilet training and feeding); the impact of pain dismissal in adolescence; patient-provider interactions and their influence on health behaviors; family experiences with a child’s chronic illness and parental functioning and quality of life

Current Projects:

Using a mixed-methods approach to conceptualize current normative toilet training practices in the community and how these differ from the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines; understanding ways in which the family systems of children who develop toileting difficulties vary from those who follow a more normative trajectory; examining the prevalence and experience of pain dismissal in adolescence and identifying opportunities for positive behavior changes on the part of healthcare providers; characterizing parent-child prevention conversations regarding the Choking Game and alcohol use.

Publications:

Defenderfer, E.K., Austin, J.E., & Davies, W.H. (2015). The Choking Game on YouTube: An Update. Global Pediatric Health, 1-6. DOI: 2333794X15622333

Defenderfer, E.K., Davies, W.H., Brie, N., Raicu, A.M., & Klein-Tasman, B. (In press). Toilet fear in childhood as early behavioral indicator of later childhood anxiety disorders. Children’s Health Care.

Davies, W.H., Wright, N.E., Guendel, B.J., & Defenderfer, E.K. (In press). Evaluation of a model program to prevent alcohol use at teen parties. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse.

Office: Pearse 374
Email: defende2@uwm.edu
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Rachael Wandrey, M.S.

4th Year Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Experiences of LGBTQ cancer patients; Coping among young and middle-aged hematologic cancer patients with chronic graft-versus-host disease; Psychological distress and resiliency among friends of deceased young adult cancer patients; Post-traumatic growth among young and middle-aged patients with relapsed hematologic cancer; Qualitative research methods

Publications:

Wandrey, R.L., Qualls, W.D., & Mosack, K.E. (2016). Are mainstream support services meeting the needs of sexual minority women with breast cancer? An exploration of the perspectives and experiences of users of an online support forum. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 28(4), 336-348.

Wandrey, R.L., Qualls, W.D., & Mosack, K.E. (2016). Rejection of breast reconstruction among lesbian breast cancer patients. LGBT Health, 3(1), 74-78.

Anderson, R.E., Wandrey, R.L., Klossner, S.C., Cahill, S.P., & Delahanty, D.L. (2016). Sexual minority status and interpersonal victimization in college men. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/sgd0000204

Mosack, K.E., & Wandrey, R.L. (2015). Discordance in HIV-positive patient and health care provider perspectives on death, dying, and end-of-life care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 32(2), 161-167.

Wandrey, R.L., Mosack, K.E., & Moore, E.M. (2015). Coming out to family and friends as bisexually identified young adult women: A discussion of homophobia, biphobia, and heteronormativity. Journal of Bisexuality, 15(2), 204-229.

Office: Pearse 374
Email: wandrey@uwm.edu

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Eva Igler, MA

3rd year Graduate Student

Research Interests:

The impact of a childhood chronic illness diagnosis on socialization and friendships, the pain dismissal phenomenon in adolescents, especially gender differences in the pain dismissal experience

Current projects:

Gender differences in the perception of pain dismissal, perception of pain dismissal by type of dismissal experience, healthy friends’ experience with a good friend recently diagnosed with a chronic illness, development and acceptability of a standardized message to promote social support for children and adolescents recently diagnosed with a chronic illness, development of a a new measure designed to evaluate communication about medication between patients/parents of patients and medical providers.

Publications:

Acquazzino, M., Igler, E., Dasgupta, M., Simpson, P., Browning, M., & Brandow, A. M. (under review). Patient-reported neuropathic pain in adolescent and young adult oncology patients.

Defenderfer, E. K., Bauer, K., Igler, E., Uihlein, J., & Davies, W. H. (under review). Phenomenology of pain dismissal in adolescence.

Myrvik, M. P., Beverung, L. M., Panepinto, J. A., Igler, E. C., Englebert, N., & Bingen, K. M. (2014). Integration of electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePROs) into pediatric clinic settings across hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 2, 39-49.

Office: Pearse 374
Email: evaigler@uwm.edu

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Amy Lang, BS

1st Year Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Psychological effects of childhood chronic illness, particularly childhood chronic pain; impact of experiences of pain dismissal on young adults

Current Projects:

Investigating how the four most common types of physician pain dismissal (denial, minimizing, faking for secondary gain, and psychogenic) differentially affect an individual’s reaction to the experience of pain dismissal

Office: Pearse 374
Email: amyclang@uwm.edu

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