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    Accurate Asthma Assessment 

    Jonathon M. Feldman, Ph.D. has received $3 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study whether training teenagers with asthma to better recognize their symptoms can improve asthma control and reduce emergency healthcare use. Children who fail to correctly perceive the severity of their asthma symptoms have more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and fatal or near-fatal asthma attacks. Puerto Rican and black children have higher rates of asthma complications and deaths than other racial/ethnic groups. Dr. Feldman hypothesizes that helping asthma patients better recognize symptoms may help close this asthma health disparities gap. A randomized control trial will examine whether a behavioral intervention to train adolescents to guess their peak expiratory flow improved accuracy of symptom perception and adherence to controller medications for asthma. Dr. Feldman is clinical assistant professor in the department of pediatrics.

    Five-year clinical trial funded by NIA (R01AG050448)

    Roee Holtzer, Ph.D., professor and program director at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, and Dr. Joe Verghese, professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, were recently awarded funding for a five-year cinical trial from for a cognitive intervention to improve simple and complex walking. Ambulatory disabilities represent the most prevalent disability among US seniors. This ‘proof of concept’ clinical trial will fill an important gap in knowledge of the efficacy of cognitive remediation as a secondary prevention strategy to improve this debilitating condition. Demonstrating mobility gains through cognitive training will provide insight for future mobility treatment options, and if successful will establish an accessible and low-risk method to enhance mobility among frail sedentary seniors.


    Michelle Lent 2

    Dr. Michelle Lent received her PhD in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in 2012. She completed her clinical internship at the Temple University Katz School of Medicine and then received a National Research and Service Award (NRSA) postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study the impact of social support on bariatric surgery outcomes. Dr. Lent is currently an Assistant Professor in Geisinger Medical Center’s Obesity Institute and recently published a study in JAMA Surgery evaluating the relationship between preoperative clinical factors in bariatric surgery patients and long-term postoperative weight loss.  She also serves as the Geisinger clinical lead for two Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI) studies on healthy lifestyles and bariatric surgery.  

    Paige Siper
    Dr. Paige (Weinger) Siper received her PhD in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in 2013. She completed her clinical internship at the Mailman Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine prior to completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Siper was the recipient of an Autism Speaks Translational Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is currently Chief Psychologist of the Seaver Autism Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai. Dr. Siper’s research focuses on biomarker discovery in children with neurodevelopmental disorders using an electrophysiological technique known as a visual evoked potential (VEP). Dr. Siper is currently using VEPs to identify biological markers of idiopathic and single-gene forms of ASD in samples inclusive of severely affected individuals. She is also the co-developer of the Sensory Assessment for Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SAND), which is a novel measure used to quantify the sensory domain as it relates to DSM-5 criteria for ASD. Dr. Siper is particularly interested in the integration of neural and behavioral findings in order to develop effective biomarkers that can be used to identify subtypes, monitor disease trajectory, and objectively measure treatment response. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Siper is also involved in the neuropsychological assessment and treatment of children with a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders.





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