Janae Kirsch, B.A.

Kirsch

Biography

Janae is a second year graduate student at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 2013 with a major in psychology and exercise science and a minor in biomedical studies. After graduation, Janae worked as a Research Assistant at Mayo Clinic, Rochester specializing in self-management, quality of life, and disease uncertainty in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and transplant populations. She trained extensively in Motivational Interviewing implementation as a research intervention to reduced 30-day re-hospitalization rates in patients with severe COPD. During this time, she also volunteered as a weekly group counselor for women of domestic violence. Janae is in the Clinical Health Psychology track and she works as a Graduate Assistant in the Psycho-Oncology Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Deidre Pereira. She is currently completing her Master’s thesis examining the role of sleep latency and vascular endothelial growth factor in long-term endometrial cancer survival.

Research Focus

Janae’s research interests include quality of life, coping, and psychoneuroimmunology in cancer populations. She is interested in the role psychologists can play in exploring and facilitating positive emotional, behavioral, and social change in patients at various stages of a cancer diagnosis and other chronic diseases.

Publications

Benzo, R. P., Kirsch, J. L., Hathaway, J. C., McEvoy, C. E., & Vickers, K. S. (2017). Health coaching in severe COPD after a hospitalization: a qualitative analysis of a large randomized study. Respiratory Care62(11), 1403-1411.

Benzo, R. P., Kirsch, J. L., & Nelson, C. (2017). Compassion, Mindfulness, and the Happiness of Healthcare Workers. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing.

Benzo, R. P., Kirsch, J. L., Dulohery, M. M., & Abascal-Bolado, B. (2016). Emotional Intelligence: A Novel Outcome Associated with Wellbeing and Self-Management in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 

Presentations

Kirsch, J. L., Trinastic, L., Sannes, T., Smith, S., Jensen, S., Dodd, S., Schultz, G., & Pereira, D. B. (2017, April 12). Emotional Support and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor in Long-Term Endometrial Cancer Survival Poster presented at University of Florida Public Health and Health Professions Research Day, Gainesville, FL.

Kacel, E. L., Ulfig, C. M., Kirsch, J. L., Padron, A., Esparza-Duran, D., Wong, S., Smith, S., Schultz, G., & Pereira, D. B. (2017, April 12). Presurgical sleep quality, individual resilience, and postsurgical inflammation among women with suspected gynecologic cancer Poster presented at University of Florida Public Health and Health Professions Research Day, Gainesville, FL.

Benzo, R. P., & Kirsch, J. L. (2015, May 15-20). Emotional Intelligence in COPD: The Impact on self-management abilities and quality of life Poster presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference, Denver, CO.

Benzo, R. P., Kirsch, J. L., Abascal-Bolado, B., & Dulohery, M. M. (2015, May 15-20). Impact of self-compassion on quality of life, emotions and self-management abilities in COPD Poster presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference, Denver, CO