Rachel Postupack, M.S.

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Rachel Postupack, M.A./ M.S., is a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. She graduated with a Master of Arts in psychology from Teachers College Columbia University in 2008, after completing her Bachelor of Arts at Nyack College in 2007. After graduation, Rachel worked as Clinic Manager/ Project Coordinator at Columbia University for M. Katherine Shear, M.D., administrating R01 clinical trials for Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT). Rachel is in the Clinical Health Psychology track, where she is under the mentorship of Deidre B. Pereira, Ph.D.

Research Focus

Rachel’s research interests include stress management, resilience, pain, and the interaction between psychological distress and inflammation, particularly in the context of chronic or life limiting illnesses. She has worked with Dr. Pereira on the implementation of her R01 treatment trial evaluating the effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT i.p.) on sleep, pain, affect, and cytokines in gynecologic cancers. Her dissertation focused on a model of intra-individual variability in pain experience related to inflammation and distress in post-surgical women with gynecologic malignancies.

Clinical Focus

Rachel primarily enjoys working with comorbid health and mental health conditions including the management of distress during acute treatment and enhancement of quality of life in the context of chronic illness. She has also enjoyed working in a team-based primary care setting for medical super-utilizers.

Teaching

Teaching Assistant, University of Florida: Undergraduate Introduction to Health Psychology (Spring 2015)

Guest Lecture on Psycho-Oncology, University of Florida: Undergraduate Introduction to Clinical Psychology (Fall 2015)

Adjunct Professor, Nyack College: Undergraduate Experimental Psychology (Spring 2009 – Fall 2010)

Publications

Book Chapters

DiGrande, L., Fox, R., & Neria, Y. (2009). Posttraumatic Stress after the 9/11 Attacks: An

Examination of National, Local, and Special Population Studies. In M. Morgan (Ed.), The impact of 9/11 on psychology and education the day that changed everything? (pp. 49-62). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillian.

Postupack, R. & Rozensky, R.H. (in press). History of clinical health psychology. In S. Richards & L.Cohen (Eds.), The Wiley Encyclopedia of Health Psychology, Volume III: Clinical and Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, Oxford, UK: Wiley.

Presentations (Posters and Talks)

National:

Esparza-Duran, D., Telepak, L., Fox, R., Wong, S., & Pereira, D. B. (2014, February). The Relationship Between Neighborhood Crime Rates and Emotional Well-Being in Women with Gynecological

Cancer. Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Tampa, FL.

Fox, R.A., Pereira, D.B., & Antoni, M.H. (2013, March). Relationships between perceived stress management skills (PSMS) and sleep quality and functional well-being outcomes mediated by depressive symptoms in HIV+ women with HPV. Poster session presented at meeting of American Psychosomatic Society, Miami, FL.

Fox, R. A., Kacel, E., Telepak, L., Esparza-Duran, D., Wong, S., Morgan, L.S., & Pereira, D. B. (2014, February). Pre-operative inflammation (IL-6) and sensory pain experience in women with suspected gynecologic cancers. Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, Tampa, FL.

Kacel, E.L., Ulfig, C.M., Esparza-Duran, E., Fox, R.A., Smith, S.G., Telepak, L., Wong, S., and Pereira, D.B. (2016, March). Daytime dysfunction associated with preoperative sleep disturbance predicts postoperative length of hospital stay among women undergoing surgery for suspected gynecologic cancer. Poster session presented at a meeting of American Psychosomatic Society, Denver, CO.

Kacel, E.L., Esparza-Duran, D., Fox, R.A., Patidar, S., Sannes, T., Smith, S. G., Telepak, L., Wong, S., Schultz, G., Morgan, L.S., and Pereira, D.B. (2015, March). Behavioral predictors of pro-inflammatory serum IL-6 concentrations in women undergoing surgery for suspected gynecologic cancer. Poster session presented at meeting of American Psychosomatic Society, Savannah, GA.

Postupack, R.A., Robinson, M.E., Schultz, G., McCrae, C.S., Telepak, L.C., Esparza-Duran, D., Kacel, E., Wong, S., Morgan, L.S., & Pereira, D.B. (2015, March). Variability in pain experience related to inflammation (IL-6) and distress in post-surgical women with gynecologic malignancies. Poster session presented at meeting of American Psychosomatic Society, Savannah, GA.

Telepak, L., McCrae, C.S., Robinson, M.E., Berry, R.B., Postupack, R., Esparza-Duran, D., Wong, S., Kacel, E., Patidar, S., Roth, A., Sannes, T., Smith, S.G., Armstrong, M.L., Morgan, L., Pereira, D.B. (2015, March). Sleep disturbance as a predictor for fatigue, pain, cancer: a focus on intraindividual variability. Poster session presented at meeting of American Psychosomatic Society, Savannah, GA.

Local:

Postupack, R., Kacel, E., & Pereira, D.B. (October, 2015). Pre-op inflammation (IL-6) and sensory pain experience in suspected gynecologic cancers. Talk presented to the College of Public Health and Health Professions Development Advisory Board, Gainesville, FL.

Postupack, R., & Pereira, D. B., (February, 2015) Inflammation and pain experience among women with gynecologic malignancies. Talk presented at CHP Colloquium, Gainesville, FL.

Postupack, R. & Minski, S., (January, 2016). Primary Care Psychology: Experiences in the Care One Clinic. Talk presented at CHP Colloquium, Gainesville, FL.

Awards

PHHP Department of Clinical and Health Psychology Florence Shafer Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychotherapeutic Counseling (2014)

UF & Shands Cancer Center Research Poster Day – Pre-doctoral Award for Pre-operative Inflammation (IL-6) and Sensory Pain Experience in Women with Suspected Gynecologic Cancers (2014)

PHHP Poster Day – Top 8 Abstracts for Pre-op Inflammation(IL-6) and Sensory Pain Experience in Suspected Gynecologic Cancers (2014)

Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals (2009)

Professional Memberships

American Psychosocial Association (APA) Student Affiliate

American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Student Member

Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Student Member