Natalie Koskela, M.S.

Natalie KoskelaBiography

Natalie is a doctoral student in the Pediatric Behavior Health Lab under the mentorship of Dr. David Fedele. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in English. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant at Oregon Health and Science University. There she assisted with the evaluation of a clinical program for youth with medical and social complexities and their families, coordinated a project assessing social vulnerabilities and perceptions of hospital discharge processes in families of pediatric patients, and helped launch a study examining behavioral health delivery in a primary care setting.

Research Focus

Natalie’s research interests include psychosocial functioning in children with chronic medical conditions, health disparities, and the evaluation of systemic interventions for youth with medical and social complexities and their families.

Publications

Wagner, D.V., Camarillo, C.R., Ogden, J.D., Leadem, K., Janzen, D., Koskela, N., Spiro, K., & Harris, M.A. (in preparation). Novel Interventions in Children’s Healthcare (NICH) for children with non-organic failure to thrive.

Wagner, D.V., Koskela, N., Harris, M.A., & Barry, S. (under review). All systems go: An ecological perspective on behavior health for youth with type 1 diabetes.

Barry, S., Koskela, N., Wagner, D.V., Burch, R., & Harris, M.A. (in press). System overload: Interventions that target multiple systems in which youth with type 1 diabetes live. In D. Marreri & A. Delamater (Eds.), Behavioral diabetes: An ecological framework. New York, NY: Springer.

McLaughlin, P.T., McMinn, M.R., Morse, M.K., Gathercoal, K., Neff, M.A., Johnson, B., Summerer, D., & Koskela, N. (2017). The Effects of a Wisdom Intervention in a Christian Congregation. Journal of Positive Psychology.

Presentations

Sachdej, R., Koskela, N., Wagner, D.V., Barry, S., Jenisch, C., & Harris, M.A. (June, 2018). Youth with avoidable DKA: Going from bad to worse without NICH. Poster presented at the American Diabetes Association Annual Conference. Orlando, FL.

Wagner, D. V., Chuong, R., Koskela, N., Luzod, H., Beeson, E., & Harris, M. A. (June, 2018).Ketones to success: Does NICH involvement influence DKA discharge Presentation? Poster presented at the American Diabetes Association Annual Conference. Orlando, FL.

Wagner, D.V., Sachdej, R., Koskela, N., Barry, S., Luzod, H., James, E., & Harris, M.A. (June, 2018). HbA1c (you later): What happens to glycemic control while waiting for NICH? Poster presented at the American Diabetes Association Annual Conference. Orlando, FL.

Koskela, N.C., Vaz, L.E., Vega, R., Zuckerman, K.E., Gomez, M., Eikermann, E., … & Austin, J.P. (July, 2018). Analysis of caregiver-reported process issues in a children’s hospital. Poster presented at the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Vaz, L.E., Koskela, N., Austin, J.P., Wagner, D., Vega Juarez, R., Gomez, M., … & Zuckerman, K. (May, 2018). Assessment of social vulnerability among pediatric inpatients. Poster presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. Toronto, Ontario. 

Koskela, N.C., Wagner, D., Zuckerman, K., Harris, M., Gomez, M., & Vaz, L. (April, 2018). Most Vulnerable Population (MVP): Psychosocial risk factors and pediatric hospital readmission. Poster and oral presentation at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference. Orlando, FL.

Harris, M.A., Koskela, N., Luzod, H., & Wagner, D.V. (April, 2018). Improving care for the most vulnerable youth: If you build it, will they no-show? Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference. Orlando, FL.

Wagner, D.V., Koskela, N., James, E., Eikermann, E., & Harris, M.A. (April, 2018). Cleaning up regimens to reduce clean-outs: Novel Interventions in Children’s Healthcare (NICH) for adolescents with cystic fibrosis. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference. Orlando, FL.

Erickson, A., Wagner, D.V., Koskela, N., Heywood, M., Jenisch, C., & Harris, M.A. (April, 2018). If transplanted, will they reject?: A follow up of Novel Interventions in Children’s Healthcare (NICH) for children with end-stage renal disease. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference. Orlando, FL.

Vega, R.A., Jenisch, C., Koskela, N.C., Felder, K., Gomez, M., Zuckerman, K.E., Wagner, D.V., Austin, J.P., Harris, M.A., & Vaz, L.E. (April, 2018). The Most Vulnerable Project (MVP): Improving the health of our socially fragile children. Poster session accepted at the Oregon Health & Science University Research Week. Portland, OR.

Jenisch, C., Vega, R., Koskela, N., Felder, K., Zuckerman, K., Wagner, D., Austin, J., Harris, M., & Vaz, L. (April, 2018). The Most Vulnerable Project (MVP): Addressing family needs for improved pediatric care. Poster session accepted at the Oregon Health & Science University Research Week. Portland, OR.

Gomez, M., Vega, R., Koskela, N., Zuckerman, K., Wagner, D., Austin, J., … & Vaz, L. (January, 2018). Survey of social vulnerability in pediatric patients. Round table presentation at the Academic Pediatrics Association Region 9 and 10 Meeting. Monterey, CA.

Ponce, C., Gomez, M., Koskela, N., Zuckerman, K.E., Wagner, D., Harris, M., & Vaz, L. (August, 2017). The Most Vulnerable Project (MVP): Improving the Health of our Socially Fragile Children. Poster presented at the OHSU Equity Research Conference.

Wagner, D.V., Beeson, E., Guttmann-Bauman, I., Koskela, N., Luzod, H., & Harris, M.A. (June, 2017). Reduced stay due to milder DKA: The NICH way? Poster presented at the American Diabetes Association. San Diego, CA.

Wagner, D.V., Barry, S.A., Koch, M.K., Dukhovny, D., Koskela, N., Hood, K.K., & Harris, M.A. (June, 2017). Show them the money!: Neglecting the economic value of behavioral health for youth with T1D. Poster presented at the American Diabetes Association Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Jirikovic, M., Wagner, D.V., Barry, S., Rogers, B.T., Teplitsky, L., Koskela, N., & Harris, M.A. (March, 2017). When being in the top 5% is reason for concern: Youth with medical and social complexity. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference. Portland, OR.

Wagner, D.V., Haywood, M., Rozansky, D., Bachman, N., Koskela, N., & Harris, M.A. (March, 2017). Kidneys, kids, and collaborative quality care: Novel Interventions in Children’s Healthcare (NICH) for children with End-Stage Renal Disease. Poster presented at the Society of Pediatric Society Annual Conference. Portland, OR.

Marsh, B.U., Snijder, J.P., Fajardo, R., Horiuchi, A., Koskela, N., & Lee, H.S. (May, 2015). Priming bicultural bilingual Latino-Americans as Latino or American modulates access to the Spanish and English meaning of interlingual homographs. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science 27th Annual Convention. New York, NY.

Honors and Awards

Grinter Fellowship, College of Public Health and Health Professions, UF