Graduate Students

 

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Ellen Defenderfer, MS

5th 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., Bauer, K., Igler, E., Uihlein, J., & Davies, W. H. (2017). The experience of pain dismissal in adolescence. Clinical Journal of Pain. 

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. (2017). Evaluation of a model program to prevent alcohol use at teen parties. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse.

Igler, E., Defenderfer, E.K., Lang, A.C., Bauer, K., Uihlein, J., & Davies, W.H. (2017). Gender differences in the experience of pain dismissal in an adolescent sample. Journal of Child Health Care, 21, 381-391.

Lang, A.C, Igler, E.C., Defenderfer, E.K., Uihlein, J.A., Brimeyer, C.T., & Davies, W.H. (in press). Evaluating differential effects of specific pain dismissal interactions with physicians. Clinical Journal of Pain.

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

5th Year Graduate Student

Research Interests:
Parent child loss and meaning-making; Distress and resiliency among those with acute and chronic life-threatening illnesses; Patient experiences and needs at end-of-life; LGBTQ patient experiences: Childhood leukemia; Choking game
Clinical Interests:
Pre-surgical psychosocial assessment; Transplant psychology; Palliative care psychology; Integrated primary care psychology; Psycho-oncology
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

4th 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:

Provider perceptions of pain dismissal; Gender differences in the perception of pain dismissal; Perception of pain dismissal by type of dismissal experience; Healthy friends’ experience with a 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:

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.

Acquazzino, M., Igler, E., Dasgupta, M., Simpson, P., Browning, M., & Brandow, A. M. (2017). Patient-reported neuropathic pain in adolescent and young adult oncology patients. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 64. 1-7

Defenderfer, E. K., Bauer, K., Igler, E., Uihlein, J., & Davies, W. H. (2017). Phenomenology of pain dismissal in adolescence. Clinical Journal of Pain. 

Igler, E., Defenderfer, E.K., Lang, A.C., Bauer, K., Uihlein, J., & Davies, W.H. (2017). Gender differences in the experience of pain dismissal in an adolescent sample. Journal of Child Health Care, 21, 381-391.

Lang, A.C, Igler, E.C., Defenderfer, E.K., Uihlein, J.A., Brimeyer, C.T., & Davies, W.H. (in press). Evaluating differential effects of specific pain dismissal interactions with physicians. Clinical Journal of Pain.

Office: Pearse 374
Email: evaigler@uwm.edu

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amy

Amy Lang, BS

2nd 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

Publications:

Igler, E., Defenderfer, E.K., Lang, A.C., Bauer, K., Uihlein, J., & Davies, W.H. (2017). Gender differences in the experience of pain dismissal in an adolescent sample. Journal of Child Health Care, 21, 381-391

Lang, A.C., Igler, E.C., Defenderfer, E.K., Uihlein, J.A., Brimeyer, C.T., & Davies, W.H. (in press). Evaluating differential effects of specific pain dismissal interactions with physicians. Clinical Journal of Pain.

Office: Pearse 374
Email: amyclang@uwm.edu

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Paulina Lim, BA

1st Year Graduate Student

Research Interests:

Sleep, feeding, and toileting practices in typically developing children and how they differ from children with developmental delays; impact of pain dismissal in young children

Current Projects:

Comorbidity of sleep, feeding, and toileting problems in early childhood

Publications:

Jenkins, B.N., Kain, A.N., Lim, P., Converse, R., & Fortier, M.A. (in  press). The development, formative evaluation, and efficacy testing on an intervention to reduce child postoperative pain: The Nurse and Parent Training in Postoperative Stress (NP-TIPS)

Office Pearse 374
Email: plim@uwm.edu

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