Sarah Westen, M.S.

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Sarah Westen is a pre-doctoral intern in the Underserved Pediatric Psychology track within the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, where she also completed her graduate training under the mentorship of Dr. David Janicke. Sarah graduated from Union College in 2009, where she majored in neuroscience and minored in psychology and philosophy. Sarah then completed two years of training at the National Institute of Mental Health as an Intramural Research Training Award recipient. Sarah is interested in the biopsychosocial aspects of chronic illness in children, young adults, and families (e.g., adherence, coping, family management, transition from pediatric to adult care, treatment of comorbid mental health conditions). Sarah is particularly interested in type 1 diabetes intervention and research. She is currently a Board Member within the Diabetes Special Interest Group of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54; 3-year term as a Trainee Member-at-Large).

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Clinical and Research Focus

Sarah’s clinical interests include psychotherapy for adolescents and young adults with mood and anxiety disorders, psychological comorbidities of chronic health conditions, and working with individuals and families with diabetes (e.g., adherence to treatment, psychological factors impacting disease management). Sarah’s research interests include factors affecting adherence in youth with type 1 diabetes, interventions for pediatric behavioral sleep disorders, and patient outcome research.

Leadership

  • Diabetes Special Interest Group; Elected Student Member-at-Large, Society of Pediatric Psychology, APA Division 54
  • Clinic Operations Group; Elected Student Representative
  • Electronic Records Committee; Elected Student Representative

Awards

2015                                       Mary Jo Kupst Trainee Grant for Research in Resilience

Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP; American Psychological Association Division 54) annual grant awarded to outstanding research study proposal within the area of pediatric resilience and family functioning ($1000)

Project Entitled: Disease-Specific Psychological Factors and Adherence in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes on Multiple Daily Injections and Insulin Pump Therapy: The Mediating Role of Family Responsibility Sharing

2015                                       Geoffrey Clark-Ryan Memorial Award for Pediatric Research

Awarded to the top research proposal in pediatric research via the Center for Child and Family Studies at the University of Florida

Project Entitled: Adherence in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes on Multiple Daily Injections and Insulin Pump Therapy and Associated Psychological Factors

2015                                       Center for Pediatric Psychology & Family Studies Mini-Grant

Research grant awarded to outstanding research study proposals within pediatric, clinical child, or family psychology ($500)

Project Entitled: Adherence in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes on Multiple Daily Injections and Insulin Pump Therapy and Associated Psychological Factors

2015                                       Center for Pediatric Psychology & Family Studies Mini-Grant

Research grant awarded to outstanding research study proposals within pediatric, clinical child, or family psychology ($500)

Project Entitled: Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) Study

2015                                       Student Spotlight, Diabetes Special Interest Group of the Society of Pediatric Psychology

Recognized as the “Student Spotlight” recipient in the Fall 2015 Newsletter of the Diabetes Special Interest Group, Society of Pediatric Psychology, American Psychological Association Division 54

2013                                       Center for Pediatric Psychology & Family Studies Mini-Grant

Research grant awarded to outstanding research study proposals within pediatric, clinical child, or family psychology ($500)

Project Entitled: The Role of Diabetes Knowledge and Attitudes on Health Promotion Behaviors among Mother’s with Diabetes Parenting a Young Child

2012                                       Center for Pediatric Psychology & Family Studies Mini-Grant

Research grant awarded to outstanding research study proposals within pediatric, clinical ($500)

Project Entitled: Family Mealtime Interactions and Parent and Child Overweight Status

2013                                       Poster Award Winner, Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54), National Conference in Pediatric Psychology; New Orleans, LA

2013                                       Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2012 Year in Research: Top 5 Most Influential Research Articles Award

2012                                       Outstanding Poster Award, NIH Spring Research Festival, National Institutes of Health

2011                                       Outstanding Poster Award, NIH Spring Research Festival, National Institutes of Health

2009                                       Magna Cum Laude, Union College

2008                                       Summer Research Fellowship Recipient, Union College

2007                                       Summer Research Fellowship Recipient, Union College

2005 – 2009                         Honors College Undergraduate, Department of Neuroscience, Union College

2005 – 2009                         Dean’s Scholarship, Union College

2005 – 2009                         Dean’s List, Union College

Publications

Westen, S. C., Balkhi, A., Geffken, G. (in preparation). Benefits and barriers to psychology consult services in a pediatric type 1 diabetes multidisciplinary clinic: A case example. TBD.

Westen, S. C., Hilliard, M., Nicholl, M., Resmini, A., Driscoll, K., & Patton, S. (in preparation). The Diabetes Special Interest Group of the Society of Pediatric Psychology: A Training Pipeline for Behavioral Diabetes Researchers and Clinicians. TBD.

Westen, S. C., Mayer-Brown, S., Clifford, L., Mitchell, T., & Janicke, D. (in preparation). Family mealtime functioning and parental feeding concerns and practices. TBD.

Balkhi, A., Reid, A., Westen, S. C., Olsen, B., Janicke, D., & Geffken, G. (2015). Teleheath interventions to reduce management complications in type 1 diabetes: A review. World Journal of Diabetes, 15:6(3), 371-379.

Janicke, D. M., Steele, R. G., Gayes, L. A., Lim, C. S., Clifford, L. M., Schneider, E. M., Carmody, J. K., & Westen, S. C. (2014). Systematic review and meta-analysis of comprehensive behavioral family lifestyle interventions addressing pediatric obesity. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39(8), 809-825.

Armstrong, B., Westen, S. C., Janicke, D. (2014). The role of overweight perception and depressive symptoms in child and adolescent unhealthy weight control behaviors: A mediation model. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39(3), 340-348.

Stanley, I. H., Snyder, D., Westen, S., Ballard, E. D., Kapetanovic, S., Wharff, E. A., Ginnis, K., Teach, S. J., Bridge, J. A., Pao, M., & Horowitz, L. M. (2013).  Self-reported recent life stressors and risk of suicide in pediatric emergency department patients. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 14(1), 35-40.

Westen, S. C. (2012). Counseling with special populations: Teenagers and adolescents. In Jim Rogers and David Lester (Eds.), Crisis Intervention and Counseling by Telephone (and the Internet) (3rd ed.). Springfield: Charles C Thomas Publisher, Ltd.

Anderson-Hanley, C., Arciero, P. J., Westen, S. C.,  Nimon, J., & Zimmerman, E. (2012). Neuropsychological benefits of stationary bike exercise and a cybercycle exergame for older adults with diabetes: An exploratory analysis. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 6(4), 849-857.

Anderson-Hanley, C., Arciero, P., Brickman, A., Nimon, J., Okuma, N., Westen, S., Merz, M., Pence, B.D., Woods, J.A., Kramer, A.F., & Zimmerman, E. (2012). Exergaming improves older adult cognition: A cluster randomized clinical trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42(2), 109-119.

Anderson-Hanley, C., Nimon, J.P., & Westen, S.C. (2010). Cognitive health benefits of strengthening exercise for community dwelling older adults. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32(9), 996-1001.

Select Presentations

Westen, S. C., Balkhi, A., Olsen, B., Janicke, D. M., & Geffken, G. R. (2016, April). Behavioral health screening and intervention in pediatric diabetes clinics: Provider perspectives and attitudes regarding the role of psychology and psychology trainees. In D. Duke & S. Patton (Chairs), Diabetes clinical roundtable discussion: Behavioral health screening protocols for clinics. Talk to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, American Psychological Association Division 54, Atlanta, Georgia.

Westen, S. C. (2015, November). The psychology of adherence: Psychological factors behind adherence in the type 1 diabetes population. In C. A. Kemp (Chair), Living Your Best Life: A World Diabetes Day Symposium. Symposium conducted at the World Diabetes Day Symposium meeting, sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and Manatee Technical College, Bradenton, FL.

Westen, S. C., Stromberg, S. E., Janicke, D. M. (2015, April). The relationship between child body dissatisfaction and parent-assisted weight loss. Poster presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology (Division 54), San Diego, CA.

Bailey, B., Westen, S. C., Clifford, L., & Janicke, D. M. (2015, April). Family functioning as a moderator of motivation to engage in a rural intervention program for overweight and obese youth. Poster presented at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology (Division 54), San Diego, CA.

Clifford, L.M., Andrew, G. G., Westen, S. C., & Janicke, D. M. (2014, March). Parent cardiometabolic conditions as a risk factor for adverse medical and psychosocial outcomes in overweight and obesity treatment children. Poster presented at the National Conference on Pediatric Psychology (Division 54), Philadelphia, PA.

Mayer-Brown, S., Westen, S.C., Mitchell, T., & Janicke, D. M. (2014, March). The potential influence of parents’ BMI on family mealtime interactions. Poster presented at the National Conference on Pediatric Psychology (Division 54), Philadelphia, PA.

Westen, S. C., Mayer-Brown, S., Mitchell, T., & Janicke, D. M. (2014, March). Parental Feeding Concerns and Practices as Predictors of Family Mealtime Functioning. Poster presented at the National Conference on Pediatric Psychology (Division 54), Philadelphia, PA.

Westen, S. (2013, November). Family mealtime functioning and parental concerns and feeding practices. Talk presented at the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology’s Fall Research Symposium, Gainesville, FL.

Westen, S. C., Armstrong, B., Janicke, D. (2013, April). The role of overweight perception and depressive symptoms in child and adolescent unhealthy weight control behaviors: A serial mediation model. Presented at The National Conference in Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54), New Orleans, LA.

Snow, J., Wiggs, E.A., Westen, S., Bryant, J., Pao, M., Gahl, W.A., & Gunay-Aygun, G. (2012, February). Neurocognitive characteristics of Joubert syndrome. Presented at the 40th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Westen, S.C., Snyder, D., Ginnis, K., Cannon, E., Ballard, E., Pao, M., Bridge, J., & Horowitz, L. (2011, October). Self-reported recent stressors in pediatric emergency department patients screened for suicide risk. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Toronto, Canada.

Kakar, R., Westen, S., Pao, M., Akil, M. Integrating neuroscience in the training of psychiatrists: An NIMH initiative. (2011, September) Presented at the NIMH 15th Annual DIRP Scientific Retreat, Lancaster, PA; (2011, May) Presented at the NIH Spring Research Festival, Bethesda, MD; (2011, May) Presented at the 66th annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, San Francisco, CA.

Wiener, L., Zadeh, S., Battles, H., Billings, N., Pao, M., Ludi, E., Westen, S., Martinez, P., & Margolis, R. (2011, May). The Pediatric Oncology Branch: Psychosocial Support & Research Program. Presented at the Pediatric Oncology Branch Poster Day, NIH, Bethesda, MD.

Anderson-Hanley, C., Arciero, P., Nimon, J., Westen, S., & Zimmerman, E. (2011, February). Neuropsychological effects of exercise: Greater impact among older persons with diabetes. Presented at the 39th annual meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society, Boston, MA.

Westen, S.C., Anderson-Hanley, C., Nimon, J.P., & Arciero, P. (2009, April). Mediating effects of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) on cognitive outcomes from videogame-enhanced exercise for older adults: Results from the Cybercycle Study. Presented at the 30th annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Montreal, Canada.

Nimon, J.P., Westen, S.C., De Matteo, L., Anderson-Hanley, C., Arciero, P.J., & Okuma, N. (2009, April). The theory of planned behavior and videogame-enhanced exercise for older adults: Results from the Cybercycle Study. Presented at the 30th annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Montreal, Canada.

Anderson-Hanley, C., Nimon, J.P., Westen, S.C., De Matteo, L., Arciero, P., & Okuma, N. (2009, April). Neuropsychological effects of videogame-enhanced exercise for older adults: Results from the Cybercycle Study. Presented at the 30th annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Montreal, Canada.

Arciero, P.J., Anderson-Hanley, C., Nimon, J.P., Westen, S.C., De Matteo, L., Okuma, N., & Klein, R. (2009, April). Physiological effects of videogame-enhanced exercise for older adults: Results from the Cybercycle Study. Presented at the 30th annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Montreal, Canada.

Westen, S.C., Anderson-Hanley, C., Nimon, J.P., & Cohen, B. Neuropsychological effects of exercise for aging women: Role of steroid hormone biomarkers. (2008, May) Presented at the 18th Annual Steinmetz Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY; (2008, March) Presented at the 29th annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.

Nimon, J.P., Anderson-Hanley, C., & Westen, S.C. (2008, March). Neuropsychological effects of low-impact exercise for community-dwelling older adults. Presented at the 29th annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.