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Rachel Neff Greenley, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair

Dr. Rachel Neff Greenley is an Associate Professor of Psychology and serves as the department chair. Dr. Greenley obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in clinical child psychology, from Loyola University Chicago.  She completed an internship in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at Lurie Children’s Hospital and an NIH-funded T-32 fellowship in Child Behavioral Health Research and Pediatric Psychology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

She joined the faculty of RFUMS in 2009. Her research interests focus on youth and family adjustment in the context of pediatric chronic illness, with a particular interest in adherence and self-management skill development among adolescents with chronic illnesses. Most recently, Dr. Greenley’s work has focused on improving adolescent, young adult, and family functioning among families of youth with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  Her research has been funded by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Dr. Greenley teaches courses in Statistics, Health Psychology, and Child and Adolescent Cognitive Behavioral Therapy within the Department.  Dr. Greenley is involved in a number of professional activities including serving as an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, serving as a member of the RFUMS IRB, and serving on the University Senate. She is licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Curriculum Vitae
Are You a Prospective Graduate Student?
Dr. Greenley will be considering student applications for the 2018/2019 academic year.  

Do you have questions regarding the admission process or what it is like working with Dr. Greenley?

Email a current graduate student to gain a student's perspective.
Lindsey Bugno (Lindsey.Bugno@my.rfums.org)
Samantha Carreon (Samantha.Carreon@my.rfums.org)
Jessica Naftaly (Jessica.Naftaly@my.rfums.org)
Jill Plevinsky (Jill.Plevinsky@my.rfums.org)
Tash Poulopoulos (Natasha.Poulopoulos@my.rfums.org)
Andrea Wojtowicz (Andrea.Wojtowicz@my.rfums.org)
Lindsay Durkin (Lindsay.Durkin@my.rfums.org)

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Research

My research interests center on understanding factors that contribute to optimal psychosocial and physical functioning among youth affected by chronic medical conditions and their families. In particular, I am interested in the role of individual, familial, and health professional systems in promoting adherence to treatment and self management skill development among youth with chronic medical conditions. My research interests include both descriptive studies to better understand factors that promote optimal functioning or serve as barriers to adherence during the adolescent developmental period, as well as intervention studies to evaluate the efficacy of programs to enhance adherence and promote positive adjustment. I have conducted research with a variety of pediatric populations, but my current projects focus primarily on pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.

Publications

1. *Nguyen, E., *Bugno, L., *Kandah, C., *Plevinsky, J., *Poulopoulos, N., *Wojtowicz, A., Schneider, K.L., & Greenley, R.N. (2016). Is There a Good App for That? Evaluating mHealth Apps for Strategies that Promote Pediatric Medication Adherence. Telemedicine and e-Health, epub ahead of print, April 12, 2016.

2. Reed-Knight, B., Lee, J., Greenley, R. N., Lewis, J. D., & Blount, R. L. (2016).  Disease activity does not explain it all:  How internalizing symptoms and caregiver depressive symptoms relate to health-related quality of life among youth with inflammatory bowel disease.  Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 22(4), 963-967. 

3. *Walter, J., Kahn, S. A., Noe, J., Schurman, J. V., Miller, S. A. & Greenley, R. N. (2016).  Feeling fine:  Anxiety and depressive symptoms in youth with established IBD.  Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. 22(2), 402-408.  

4. *Wojtowicz, A. A., *Plevinsky, J., *Poulopoulos, N., Schurman, J. V., & Greenley, R. N. (2016).  Examining predictors of health care utilization in youth with inflammatory bowel disease. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 28(4), 469-474.  

5. Greenley, R. N., *Gumidyala, A. P., *Nguyen, E., *Plevinsky, J. M., *Poulopoulos, N., *Thomason, M. M…. Kahn, S. A. (2015). Can you teach a teen new tricks? Problem solving skills training improves oral medication adherence in pediatric IBD patients participating in a randomized trial.  Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 21(11), 2649-2657.

6. Vitale, D. S., Greenley, R. N., Lerner, D. G., Mavis, A. M., & Werlin, S. L. (2015). Adherence to infliximab treatment in a pediatric inflammatory bowel disease cohort.  Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 61(4), 408-410.

7. *Thomason, M. M., *Wojtowicz, A. A., & Greenley, R. N. (2015). Maternal self-efficacy and perceived barriers in pediatric overweight and obesity.  Jacobs Journal of Obesity, 1(1):005. 

8. Greenley, R. N., Karazsia, B., Schurman, J., *Gumidyala, A., *Nguyen, E., *Thomason, M. …Kahn, S. (2015). Trajectories of oral medication adherence in youth with inflammatory bowel disease. Health Psychology, 34(5), 514-521. 

9. *Plevinsky, J. M., & Greenley, R. N. (2014).  Exploring health-related quality of life and social functioning in adolescents with inflammatory bowel diseases after attending Camp Oasis and participating in a Facebook group. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 20(9), 1611-1617.

10. *Wojtowicz, A., Greenley, R. N., *Gumidyala, A., *Rosen, A., & Williams, S. E. (2014). Pain severity and pain catastrophizing predict functional disability in youth with inflammatory bowel disease.  Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis, 8(9), 1118-1124.

11. *Gumidyala, A. P., & Greenley, R. N. (2014). Correlates of health related quality of life in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease: A cumulative risk model approach.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39(1), 55-64. 

12. Greenley, R. N., *Stephens, K. A., *Nguyen, E. U., Kunz, J. H., Janas, L., Goday, P., & Schurman, J. V. (2013). Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Adherence in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(8), 883-892.

13. Greenley, R. N., *Reed-Knight, B., Blount, R., & Wilson, H. W. (2013). Dyadic confirmatory factor analysis of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Family Responsibility Questionnaire.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(8), 871-882.  

14. Wu, Y. P., Rohan, J. M., Martin, S., Hommel, K., Greenley, R. N., Loiselle, K., Ambrosino, J., & Fredericks, E. M. (2013). Pediatric psychologist use of adherence assessments and interventions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(6), 595-604.  

15. Greenley, R. N., Kunz, J. H., Schurman, J. V., & *Swanson, E. (2012).  Abdominal pain and health related quality of life in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(1), 63-71.   

16. Greenley, R. N., Kunz, J. H., Biank, V., Martinez, A., Miranda, A., Noe, J., Telega, G., Tipnis, N. A., Werlin, S., & Stephens, M. (2011).   Identifying youth nonadherence in clinical settings: Data-based recommendations for children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease.  Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 18(7), 124-1259. 

17. Kunz, J. H., Greenley, R. N., & *Howard, M. (2011). Maternal, paternal, and family health related quality of life in the context of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease: The role of disease activity and youth adjustment.  Quality of Life Research 20(8), 1197-1204.

*Denotes a student author.  

Research Lab

My research interests center on understanding factors that contribute to optimal psychosocial and physical functioning among youth affected by chronic medical conditions and their families. In particular, I am interested in the role of individual, familial, and health professional systems in promoting adherence to treatment and self management skill development among youth with chronic medical conditions. My research interests include both descriptive studies to better understand factors that promote optimal functioning or serve as barriers to adherence during the adolescent developmental period, as well as intervention studies to evaluate the efficacy of programs to enhance adherence and promote positive adjustment. I have conducted research with a variety of pediatric populations, but my current projects focus primarily on pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.  

Promoting Health in Adolescents and Families Affected by Chronic Illness

Pediatric Psychology Research Team
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Faculty Advisor: Rachel Greenley, Ph.D.

 Students working within this research team focus on several projects related to promoting adherence to treatment and positive adjustment among teens with chronic medical conditions and their families.



Lab News

  • Welcome to Lindsey Durkin, our new first year student, who came to us from Seattle, WA!
  • Congratulations to Jill Plevinsky and Andrea Wojtowicz who defended their dissertations this summer and recently began internships at Brown and Nationwide Childrens, respectively.
  • Best wishes to Jenny Walter who started her internship this summer at University of New Mexico.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Cassandra Kandah and Eve Nguyen who recently graduated. Cassie is headed to Loyola University Medical Center for post-doc training, and Eve is heading to Children's Hospital of Orange County for her post-doctoral fellowship.
  • We're excited to announce we received an RFUMS-DePaul collaborative grant last spring and are beginning data collection this fall to examine health risk and health promotion behaviors in college students with and without chronic medical conditions.
Current Projects

Self-Management and College Adjustment in Adolescents and Young Adults with IBD.   We are collecting data on an ongoing basis to understand the unique challenges that adolescents and young adults (AYA) with IBD face as they transition into young adulthood and the college years.  Through this program of research, we are interested in understanding how adherence to treatment changes during this time, the unique barriers to adherence that AYA with IBD experience, and the extent to which AYA with IBD engage in health risk behaviors that may adversely impact their medical condition and health.

Physical Activity in Youth with IBD.  In collaboration with Dr. Kristin Schneider and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, we are examining levels of physical activity among children and adolescents with IBD and how involvement in physical activity influences youth mental health and physical health. We are interested in obtaining information about the extent to which enhancing physical activity may be a viable strategy for improving disease outcomes in youth with IBD.  

Patient-Provider Communication about Medications.   In partnership with researchers at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, our lab has recently developed a measure of patient-provider communication about medication prescriptions.  We have piloted this measure on a group of adolescents and young adults (with and without chronic medical conditions) and will collect additional data on the utility of this measure with parents and school-aged children this fall.  We hope to utilize this measure to better understand strengths and weaknesses in patient-provider communication so that we may develop interventions to enhance communication about medication as a method of improving youth medication adherence.  

Health Risk Behaviors of Adolescents with Chronic Medical Conditions.  Several students within the lab are involved in analyzing data from a group of female adolescents with various chronic medical conditions (IBD, Cardiac Conditions, Cystic Fibrosis, Rheumatologic Conditions) to better understand rates of health risk behaviors such as substance use and sexual behavior.  This program of research also focuses on understanding how family and peer influences may serve as risk or protective factors for girls with chronic medical conditions.  

Recent Conference Presentations
  1. *Carreon, S., *Zaluda, L., Adrian, R., *Azimuddin, A., Perlmuter, L., Greenley, R. N. (2016, April). An evaluation of sleep in adolescents with type 1 diabetes.  Poster Presentation at the 2016 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 14-16, 2016, Atlanta, GA.
  2. *Plevinsky, J. M., *Bugno, L., *Naftaly, J., *Gumidyala, A., *Poulopoulos, N., & Greenley, R. N.  (2016, April). Youth self-efficacy and parenting stress in female caregivers of adolescents and young adults with inflammatory bowel diseases: The moderating role of youth involvement in condition management. Poster Presentation at the 2016 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 14-16, 2016, Atlanta, GA.
  3. *Nguyen, E., *Bugno, L., *Kandah, C., *Plevinsky, J., *Poulopoulos, N., *Wojtowicz, A., & Greenley, R. N. (2016, April). Evaluating mHealth medication-reminder app content for pediatric patients.  Poster Presentation at the 2016 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 14-16, 2016, Atlanta, GA.
  4. *Bugno, L., *Nguyen, E., *Kandah, C., *Plevinsky, J., *Poulopoulos, N., *Wojtowicz, A., & Greenley, R. N. (2016, April). An analysis of usability of six multicomponent medication-reminder apps. Poster Presentation at the 2016 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 14-16, 2016, Atlanta, GA.
  5. *Wojtowicz, A., *Naftaly, J., *Nguyen, E., Cushing, C., Schurman, J. V., & Greenley, R. N. (2016, April). Medical trainees’ familiarity with the biopsychosocial model of pediatric FAP: An opportunity for pediatric psychologists. Poster Presentation at the 2016 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 14-16, 2016, Atlanta, GA.
  6. *Walter, J. *Kandah, C., *Nguyen, E., *Poulopoulos, N., *Thomason, M. M., *Wojtowicz, A., & Greenley, R. N. (2016, April). Sleep quality in youth with IBD. Poster Presentation at the 2016 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 14-16, 2016, Atlanta, GA.
  7. *Plevinsky, J. M., *Wojtwociz, A., *Poulopoulos, N., Schneider, K., & Greenley, R. N. (2016, March). Physical activity in youth with inflammatory bowel disease: An examination of participation in sports. Poster Presentation at the 2016 Society for Behavioral Medicine Annual Convention, March 31-April 2, 2016, Washington, D. C.
  8. *Plevinsky, J. M., *Gumidyala, A., Kahn, S. A., *Poulopoulos, N., & Greenley, R. N. (2015, October). Measuring adherence in adolescents and young adults with inflammatory bowel diseases.  Poster Presentation at the 2015 North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Annual Meeting, October 7-11, 2015, Washington, D. C.  
  9. *Moss, A., Kaugars, A., & Greenley, R. N. (2015, August). Communication quality and adherence among parents and adolescents with T1DM. Poster presented as a part of the Cutting-Edge Research from Emerging Psychological Scientists Poster session at the American Psychological Association 2015 Convention, Toronto, Canada. August, 2015. 
  10. **Borchardt, L., **Guidinger, C., *Moss, A., Kaugars, A., & Greenley, R. N. (2015, April). Applying the theory of planned behavior to predict intention to consume alcohol among female adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Poster presented at Wisconsin Psychological Association 2015 Annual Convention, April 2015, Madison, WI. 
  11. *Wojtowicz, A., **Hemmer, A., *Gumidyala, A. P., *Nguyen, E., *Poulopoulos, N., *Thomason, M. …Greenley, R. N. (2015, April).  Barriers to adherence and family involvement in a telephone-delivered IBD adherence promotion intervention. Oral Presentation at the 2015 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 16-18, 2015, San Diego, CA.  
  12. *Moss, A., Greenley, R. N., & Kaugars, A. S. (2015, April) Smoking, drinking, and diabetes: Examining mother-daughter communication, risk behaviors, and adherence among adolescents with T1DM. Poster presented at Society of Pediatric Psychology 2015 Annual National Conference, April 16-18, 2015, San Diego, CA.  
  13. Kahn. S. A., *Gumidyala, A. P., &  Greenley, R. N. (2015, April). Transitional clinics for Inflammatory Bowel Disease:  A comprehensive approach to improving patient care. Talk presented at the 2015 University of Chicago Bucksbaum Institute Annual Donor Symposium. April, 2015.   
  14. *Nguyen, E., *Gumidyala, A., *Omahen, C., *Plevinsky, J., *Poulopoulos, N., & Greenley, R. N. (2015, April). Perceived Adherence Barriers of Parents and Transition-Aged Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Poster Presentation at the 2015 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 16-18, 2015, San Diego, CA.  
  15. *Plevinsky, J. M., *Poulopoulos, N., *Gumidyala, A. P., & Greenley, R. N. (2015, April). Parenting Stress in Older Adolescents with IBD: Parent and Youth Psychopathology, and Disease Severity as Predictors. Poster Presentation at the 2015 Society for Pediatric Psychology Annual Convention, April 16-18, 2015, San Diego, CA.  

    *Denotes student author
Graduate Student Involvement in Research

Graduate students participate in a variety of research activities, including conducting in person and phone adherence interviews and assessments, delivering manualized phone intervention sessions, authoring conference abstracts and posters, and collaborating in manuscript development.

  • Current Graduate Students:

Jennifer Walter, M.S. Jennifer is a seventh year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg and her Master's Degree from Rosalind Franklin. Her research interests include internalizing symptoms, medication adherence, health care utilization, sleep, and quality of life in inflammatory bowel disease. Jennifer is currently completing a pediatric neuropsychology internship at University of New Mexico.(Jennifer.Walter@my.rfums.org)

Andrea Wojtowicz, M.S. Andrea is a sixth year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University. Andrea's research interests include examining the effects of pain on functioning and health care utilization in youth with IBD and interprofessional collaboration in treating pediatric functional abdominal pain. She received the Society of Pediatric Psychology Graduate Student Spotlight (Fall 2015), RFUMS Department of Psychology’s Christine Louro Award, and the College of Health Professions’ Presidential Scholarship for her commitment to interprofessionalism. She was also awarded “Straight to the Heart” Research Award from the Shriners Hospitals for Children to support her dissertation research. Andrea served as a member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s Student Advisory Board and served as the Student Clinical Representative for the Gastroenterology Special Interest Group from 2013-2015. Andrea is currently completing her internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. (Andrea.Wojtowicz@my.rfums.org)

Thesis: Examining the Role of Abdominal Pain and Parent Functioning in Contributing to Disease Burden in Youth with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Dissertation: Participation and life satisfaction in individuals with pediatric onset spinal cord injury

Natasha Poulopoulos, M.S.  Tash is a fourth year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Lake Forest College and her Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling from Rosalind Franklin University. Tash’s research interests include adherence, self-management, and family conflict in youth with inflammatory bowel diseases and youth who have sustained spinal cord injuries. Her current practicum is with MarianJoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, IL. Tash’s accomplishments include the Excellence in Research Award and the College of Health Professions Clinical Education Award. (Natasha.Poulopoulos@my.rfums.org)  

Thesis: Correlates of General and Disease-specific Conflict among Families of Adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. 

Jill Plevinsky, M.A. Jill is a fifth year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a secondary field in Health Sciences from The George Washington University and her Master's Degree in Child Development from Tufts University. Jill's research interests include improving transition to adult care and self-management in adolescents and young adults with inflammatory bowel disease. Jill is currently on internship at Brown, completing a pediatric psychology focused internship. Jill received the Department of Psychology's Excellence in Research Award. She also received the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s Routh Student Research Grant to support her dissertation exploring risk-behaviors in college students with inflammatory bowel disease and currently serves as the Student Clinical Representative for the Gastroenterology Special Interest Group. (Jill.Plevinsky@my.rfums.org)

Thesis: Continuing Camp Oasis: Adolescent Utilization of Facebook for Social Support.

Dissertation:Self-Management in College Students with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: Individual and Additive Contributions of Intrapersonal, Community, and Health Systems Factors

 Samantha Carreon, M.S. Samantha is a fifth year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Duke University and her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University. Samantha’s research interests include: adolescents and children with type 1 diabetes, sleep, and academic performance. Her dissertation is focusing on the role of provider communication in enhancing intent to adherence among adolescents and young adults.  In 2016, Samantha received the Department of Psychology’s Excellence in Research Award. Clinically, Samantha has completed practicum placements at the following sites: Shriners Hospitals for Children, Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital; Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, Lake County Health Department; and Lake County Head Start. She has also previously volunteered as a student psychologist at Rosalind Franklin University’s Interprofessional Community Clinic. Currently, Samantha works as a neuropsychological testing technician for O’Koon Psychology Group and is completing a practicum in pediatric Psychology at University of Chicago. (Samantha.Carreon@my.rfums.org)

Thesis: An Evaluation of Sleep and Its Impact on Academic and Cognitive Performance in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes 

Jessica Naftaly, M.S. Jessica is a third year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health Sciences from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. She recently completed a practicum at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center and this year is completing a practicum at Loyola University Medical Center. Her research and clinical interests include health psychology and the psychosocial aspects of chronic illnesses, especially in young adult populations. Specifically, Jessica is interested in stress, coping, social support, medication adherence, and transition to adult care in inflammatory bowel disease. Jessica currently serves as a student representative to the APA Division 38 Society for Health Psychology Student Advisory Council Membership Committee and the Social Media Committee.  (Jessica.Naftaly@my.rfums.org)

Lindsey Bugno, M.S. Lindsey is a second year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling from Rosalind Franklin University. Her research and clinical interests include health psychology, coping skills, adherence barriers, family adjustment with chronic illness, and working with children and adolescents. Lindsey’s accomplishments include the Excellence in Research Award and the College of Health Professions Clinical Education Award. Lindsey’s masters thesis is focusing on an examination of health literacy as a mediator between demographic factors and adherence and patient satisfaction outcomes. (Lindsey.Bugno@my.rfums.org)

Lindsay Durkin. Lindsay is a first year student in the doctoral program. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Prior to joining the RFUMS Pediatric Psychology Lab, she worked as a clinical research associate at Seattle Children’s Hospital in a lab dedicated to studying pediatric pain and sleep problems. Lindsay’s research interests include understanding the psychosocial aspects of chronic illness and pain conditions as well as the evaluation of psychological treatments for these children and their families. Her current practicum is at Arlyn School where she will be assisting with middle school and high school age youth. (Lindsay.Durkin@my.rfums.org)

Recent Lab Photos
Jessica Naftaly and Lindsey Bugno at the 2016 RFUMS All School Research Consortium 
Jessica Naftaly presenting her research on health risk behaviors in girls with chronic medical conditions at the 2016 RFUMS All School Research Consortium. 
Lindsey Bugno presenting her capstone project at the 2016 RFUMS All School Research Consortium
Take Steps Group 2016:  The RFUMS Psychology Team raised nearly $1500 to support CCFA and participated in the 2016 Take Steps Walk in Glenview, IL.
RFUMS Awards 2016:  Congratulations to Lindsey Bugno, Andrea Wojtowicz, and Samantha Carreon who all received Department of Psychology Awards at the 2016 RFUMS Awards Ceremony held in June 2016 at Navy Pier.
Group SPPAC 2016:  Dr. Greenley and Lab Members Samantha Carreon, Jill Plevinsky, and Andrea Wojtowicz attended the SPPAC 2016 conference in Atlanta and presented ongoing research there.