Rachel Sweenie, B.A.

SweenieBiography

Rachel is a second year graduate student primarily mentored by Dr. Fedele in the Pediatric Behavioral Health Lab. She earned her BA in human biology and psychology from the University of Kansas where she was also an undergraduate research assistant in the Clinical Child Psychology Program. After graduating she worked as a clinical research assistant at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC on a variety of studies examining psychosocial issues in children, families, and young adults with type 1 diabetes. Rachel also spent two years in the Peace Corps as a community health volunteer in the Kingdom of Swaziland, where she worked with children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Research Focus

Rachel is broadly interested in psychosocial issues in pediatric chronic illness, and in particular on researching and addressing the effects of health disparities on children’s health and illness management.

Publications

Monaghan, M., Hilliard, M., Sweenie, R., & Riekert, K. (2013). Transition readiness in adolescents and emerging adults with diabetes: The role of patient-provider communication. Current Diabetes Reports, 13(6), 900-908. doi: 10.1007/s11892-013-0420-x

Herbert, L.J., Sweenie, R., Kelly, K., Holmes, C., & Streisand, R. (2014). Using qualitative methods to evaluate a family behavioral intervention for type 1 diabetes. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 28(5):376-85. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2013.09.002

Sweenie, R. Mackey, E.R., & Streisand, R. (2014). Parent-child relationships in type 1 diabetes: Associations among child behavior, parenting behavior, and pediatric parenting stress. Families, Systems, & Health, 32(1), pp. 31-42. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000001

Swartwout, E., El-Zein, A., Deyo, P., Sweenie, R., & Streisand, R. (2016). Use of gaming in self-management of diabetes in teens. Current Diabetes Reports, 16(7), 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s11892-016-0754-2

Poster Presentations

Sweenie, R. & Jackson Y. (2011, May). The relation between parent stress and family environment in low-income youth. Poster presented at the University of Kansas Honors Program Undergraduate Research Symposium, Lawrence, KS.

Sweenie, R., Mackey, E.R., Cogen, F.R., & Streisand, R. (2012, April). Problematic child behavior and critical parenting in preadolescents with T1D: The mediating role of parenting stress. Poster presented at the Midwest Regional Conference in Pediatric Psychology, Milwaukee, WI. Also presented at Children’s National Research and Education Week, Washington, DC.

Herbert, L.J., Clary, L., Sweenie, R., Cogen, F.R., Holmes, C., & Streisand, R. (2012, June). Social support, parenting stress, and diabetes self-efficacy among parents of young children with type 1 diabetes. Poster presented at the 72nd Conference of the American Diabetes Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Sweenie R., Mackey, E.R., Herbert, L.J., Holmes, C., & Streisand, R. (2012, October). Family conflict and child behaviors as predictors of pediatric parenting stress in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Poster presented at the Kansas Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

Sweenie, R., Herbert, L.J., Mackey, E.R, Holmes, C., & Streisand, R. (2012, December). Use of booster calls in a behavioral intervention for adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Poster presented at the 4th Annual mHealth Summit, National Harbor, MD.

Herbert, L.J, Sweenie, R., Kelly, K., Holmes, C., & Streisand, R. (2013, April). Qualitative assessment of a randomized clinical trial for families of adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Poster presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA. Also presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, Washington, DC. and Children’s National Research and Education Week.

McCormick King, M., Sweenie, R., Mackey, E., Streisand, R., & Holmes, C. (2013, April). Mood, nutrition, and glycemic control in youth with type 1 diabetes. Poster presented at The National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Simms, M., Sweenie, R., Streisand, R., & Monaghan, M. (2016, April). The role of family conflict in late adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. Also presented at Children’s National Research and Education Week, Washington, DC.

Sweenie, R., Streisand, R., & Monaghan, M. (2016, April). Depressive symptoms in late adolescents with type 1 diabetes: Preliminary findings. Poster presented at Children’s National Research and Education Week, Washington, DC. Also presented at the 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Washington, DC.

Sweenie, R., Cushing, C.C., Prabhakaram, S., Baker, D., & Fedele, D.A. (2017, January). Examination of family environment, stress, and health disparities in youth with asthma. Poster presented at University of Florida Diversity Day, Gainesville, FL.

Shneider, C., Tully, C., Sweenie, R., Hilliard, M., Monaghan, M., & Streisand, R. (2017, March). Acceptability and Feasibility of Using Parent Coaches to Support Parents of Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Sweenie, R., Lawless, C., Chardon, M.L., Carmody, J.K., Janicke, D.M., & Fedele, D.A. (2017, March). Sleep Disturbance, Quality of Life, and Asthma Status in Youth. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Turner, E.M., McConville, A., Netz, M.N., Fidler, A., Sweenie, R., McQuaid, E. L., & Fedele, D.A. (2017, March). Health-related decision making in early adolescents with asthma. Poster to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Sweenie, R., Netz, M., Lawless, C., Fritz, A.M., Turner, E.M., Janicke, D., McQuaid, E., Baker, D., Abu-Hasan, M., & Fedele, D.A. (2017, March). Morbidity and health behaviors in overweight/obese children with asthma. Poster to be presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association, Student Affiliate

Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, APA Division 53

Society of Pediatric Psychology, APA Division 54