Adaixa Padron, M.S.

Biography

Addie Padron

Adaixa Padron, M.S., is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Medical/Health Track within the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida (UF). Adaixa graduated summa cum laude from Saint Leo University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Following graduation, she worked as a psychometrist for the Madonna Ptak Memory Clinic in Clearwater, Florida. A year later, she was hired by Saint Leo University as an Executive Coach, a position which allowed her to work closely with students enrolled in the office of disabilities. In the years to follow, Adaixa was hired as a Research Coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Center, where she worked under the supervision of Dr. Paul Jacobsen, Associate Director of the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Science’s (DCCPS) Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP). While employed at Moffitt, she coordinated various RO1, KO7, and R21 funded randomized clinical trials encompassing quality of life and preventative health care issues relevant to cancer patients and survivors. Adaixa began her doctoral studies at UF in 2016 under the mentorship of Dr. Deidre B. Pereira in the Psycho-Oncology Lab. During this time, Adaixa received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from UF. She was awarded with a graduate research assistantship in 2016 and 2018, a graduate teaching assistantship in 2017 and, in 2019, received both an NIH F31 Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral Fellowship Diversity award and a Predoctoral Award from the UF Health Cancer Center for her dissertation.

Adaixa is currently working on conducting her dissertation study, entitled: Diurnal Variations in Salivary Concentrations of Pro-Tumorigenic Cytokines and Possible Effects of Psycho-Physiological Stress in Gynecologic Cancer Patients and Matched Healthy Controls. The study will examine the multi-dimensional associations among inflammation, psycho-physiological stress, immune processes, and circadian rhythms and their impact on cancer initiation, progression, and recurrence given the critical impact of these dynamically interlaced processes on cancer outcomes. The study is a unique, leading-edge project that ultimately seeks to better serve the estimated 15 million people currently living with cancer in the United States.

RESEARCH FOCUS

Under the exceptional mentorship of Dr. Deidre B. Pereira, Adaixa has enthusiastically devoted herself to diverse research experiences with a primary emphasis on psycho-oncology, circadian rhythms, and psychoneuroimmunology, specifically as it pertains to patients and caregivers impacted by late stage and metastatic cancers. Her primary interest in working with patients diagnosed with locally advanced and late stage cancers is motivated by the fact that, due to robust cancer health disparities, minority and underserved populations are at a substantially higher risk for developing aggressive malignancies. For instance, as part of her master’s thesis, she examined dyadic effects of stress appraisals on cancer-related distress as well as the effects of stress appraisals and distress on salivary cortisol in advanced abdominal and pelvic oncology populations. As part of her work as a graduate research assistant in the Psycho-Oncology Lab, Adaixa has worked on an R01 funded randomized clinical trial examining the effects of an evidence-based behavioral interventions on sleep, pain, and cytokines. She was concurrently involved in a multidisciplinary research project wherein she conducted longitudinal analyses using mixed methods to explore the feasibility of implementing pharmacogenetic testing (PGx) of mood stabilizers within a child psychiatric clinic. This particular experience emboldened her passion for collaborative, interdisciplinary research incorporating explicit clinical implications and utilizing sound statistical approaches. Most recently, Adaixa has helped coordinate a clinical exercise and mindfulness intervention study for women with confirmed gynecologic, gastrointestinal, and thoracic cancers in a collaborative effort between the Psycho-Oncology Lab and the UF Health Cancer Center.

PUBLICATIONS

Published Manuscripts

Cicali, E. J., Weitzel, K. W., Elsey, A. R., Orlando, F. A., Vinson, M., Mosley, S., Smith, D. M., Davis, R., Drum, L., Estores, D.,  Franciosi, J. P., Hagen, M. G., Jerkins, G. J., Mercado, E. S., Nainaparampil, J., Padron, A.,  Rosenberg,  E. I., Wright, A., Schmidt, S. O., Mathews, C. A., Cavallari, L. H., & Johnson, J. A. (2019; in press). Challenges and Lessons Learned from Clinical Pharmacogenetic Implementation of Multiple Gene-Drug Pairs Across Ambulatory Care Settings. Genetics in Medicine, 21(10), 2264-2274. doi: 10.1038/s41436-019-0500-7

Padron, A., & Pereira, D. B. (2019; in press). Mental Disorders. In D. Gu & M. E. Dupre (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging, New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Manuscripts in Preparation

Jerkins, G., Padron, A., Nainaparampil, J., Nelson, R., Martin, A., Weitzel, K., Smith, D. M., Strekalova, Y., Marsiske, M., Cavallari, L., & Mathews, C. (under review). Feasibility of Integrating Pharmacogenomic Testing Into a Child Psychiatry Clinic.

Pereira, D. B., & Padron, A. (in preparation). Longitudinal Cognitive Behavioral Effects on Subjective Sleep Outcomes in Women with Gynecologic Malignancies and Insomnia.

Pereira, D. B., & Padron, A. (in preparation). Longitudinal Cognitive Behavioral Effects on Subjective Pain Outcomes in Women with Gynecologic Malignancies and Insomnia.

Kacel, E. L., Ulfig, C.M., Padron, A., & Pereira, D. B. (in preparation). Daytime Dysfunction Associated with Poor Preoperative Sleep Quality Predicts Postoperative Length of Hospital Stay among Women Undergoing Surgery for Suspected Gynecologic Cancer.

Published Peer-Reviewed Abstracts

Padron, A., McCrae, C. S., Robinson, M. E., Marsiske, M., Antoni, M., Trinastic, L., Postupack, R., Esparza-Duran, D., Kacel, E., Ulfig, C., Schultz, G., Castagno, J., Pereira, D. B. (2019, June). Longitudinal cognitive behavioral effects on subjective sleep outcomes in women with gynecologic malignancies and insomnia. [Abstract]. Supportive Care in Cancer, 27(Suppl 1), S1-S302.

Cartagena, G., Ulfig, C., Padron, A., Kirsch, J., Kacel, E. L., Schultz, G., Pereira, D. B. (2019). Understanding the relationship among racial/ethnic minority status, socioeconomic status, mood/anxiety, and cytokines in women undergoing surgery for suspected gynecologic cancer. [Abstract]. Psychosomatic Medicine, 81(4), A36.

Padron, A., Wong, S., Armstrong, M. L., George, T., Lopez, E. D. S., Bishop, M., & Pereira. D. B. (2019). Dyadic relationships among sense of mastery, cancer-related distress, and salivary cortisol in patients and caregivers impacted by advanced abdominal and pelvic cancers: Actor-partner interdependence model (APIM) analyses. [Abstract]. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(Suppl 2), S232-S233.

Ulfig, C., Kacel, E., Padron, A., McCrae, C. S., Robinson, M. E., Antoni, M. H., & Pereira. D. B. (2019). The Effects of a cognitive behavioral intervention on worry about cancer progression among women with gynecologic malignancies. [Abstract]. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Kirsch, J.L., Kacel, E.L., Ulfig, C.M., Padron, A., Wong, S., Esparza-Duran, D., Smith, S., McCrae, C.S., Robinson, M.E., & Pereira D.B. (2018). The role of sleep latency and subjective pain on thermal pain sensitivity in gynecologic cancer. [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52, S630.

Padron, A., Cartagena, G., McCrae, C. S., Robinson, M. E., Trinastic, L., Postupack, R., Esparza-Duran, D., Kacel, E., Ulfig, C., Shultz, G., Castagno, J., Pereira, D. B. (2018). Cognitive behavioral effects on total wake time in women with gynecologic malignancies and insomnia. [Abstract]. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(Suppl 2), S233.

Kacel, E. L., Ulfig, C. M., Kirsch, J., Padron, A., Esparza-Duran, D., Wong, S.,… & Pereira, D. B. (2017, March). Presurgical sleep quality, individual resilience, and postsurgical inflammation among women with suspected gynecologic cancer. [Abstract]. Psychosomatic Medicine, 79(4), A17-A17.

POSTERS & PRESENTATIONS

International Conventions

Padron, A., Robinson, M. E., Waxenberg, L. B., McCrae, C. S., Antoni, M. H., Trinastic, L., Postupack, R., Esparza-Duran, D., Kacel, E. L., Ulfig, C., Schultz, G., Castagno, J., Pereira, D. B. (2020, August). Cognitive behavioral effects on subjective pain outcomes in women with gynecologic malignancies and insomnia. Abstract submitted for presentation at the bi-annual meeting of the International Congress of Behavioural Medicine (ICBM), Glasgow, Scotland.

Padron, A., Bacharz, K., McCrae, C. S., Robinson, M. E., Trinastic, L., Antoni, M. H., Postupack, R., Esparza-Duran, D., Kacel, E. L., Ulfig, C., Schultz, G., Castagno, J., Pereira, D. B. (2020, March). Acute effects of a cognitive behavioral intervention on post-surgical sleep outcomes in women with gynecologic malignancies and insomnia. Abstract submitted for presentation at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)/International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer, Seville, Spain.

Cartagena, G., Ulfig, C., Padron, A., Kirsch, J., Kacel, E. L., Schultz, G., Pereira, D. B. (2019, March). Understanding the relationship among racial/ethnic minority status, socioeconomic status, mood/anxiety, and cytokines in women undergoing surgery for suspected gynecologic cancer. Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Vancouver, Canada.

Ulfig, C., Kacel, E., Padron, A., McCrae, C. S., Robinson, M. E., Antoni, M. H., & Pereira. D. B. (2019, March). The Effects of a Cognitive Behavioral Intervention on Worry about Cancer Progression among Women with Gynecologic Malignancies. Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Vancouver, Canada.

Padron, A., Cartagena, G., McCrae, C. S., Robinson, M. E., Trinastic, L., Postupack, R., Esparza-Duran, D., Kacel, E., Ulfig, C., Shultz, G., Castagno, J., Pereira, D. B. (2018, June). Cognitive behavioral effect on total wake time in women with gynecologic malignancies and insomnia. Poster presented at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)/International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer, Vienna, Austria.

Padron, A., Wong, S., Armstrong, M. L., George, T., Lopez, E. D. S., Bishop, M., Pereira. D. B. (2018, June). Dyadic relationships among sense of mastery, cancer-related distress, and cortisol in patients and caregivers impacted by abdominal and pelvic malignancies. Poster presented at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)/International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer, Vienna, Austria.

Farris, S., & Padron, A. (2014, March). Online & on ground SI coaching: A model for peer instruction at small universities. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Center for Supplemental Instruction, Chicago, Illinois.

National Conventions

Hanvey, G. A., Padron, A., Kacel, E. L., Ulfig, C., & Pereira, D. B. (2019, July). Accrual and Retention Trends among Diverse Patients in a Supportive Cancer Care Trial. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, accepted.

Padron, A., McCrae, C. S., Robinson, M. E., Marsiske, M., Antoni, M., Trinastic, L., Postupack, R., Esparza-Duran, D., Kacel, E., Ulfig, C., Schultz, G., Castagno, J., Pereira, D. B. (2019, June). Longitudinal Cognitive Behavioral Effects on Subjective Sleep Outcomes in Women with Gynecologic Malignancies and Insomnia. Poster presentation at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)/International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO) Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer, San Francisco, California.

Ulfig, C., Kacel, E., Padron, A., McCrae, C. S., Robinson, M. E., Antoni, M. H., & Pereira. D. B. (2019, March). The Effects of a Cognitive Behavioral Intervention on Worry about Cancer Progression among Women with Gynecologic Malignancies. Oral Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Vancouver, Canada.

Kirsch, J. L., Kacel, E. L., Ulfig, C. M., Padron, A., Esparza-Duran, D., Wong, S., Smith, S. G., McCrae, C.

S., Robinson, M. E., & Pereira, D. B. (2018). The Role of Sleep Latency and Subjective Pain on Thermal Pain Sensitivity in Gynecologic Cancer. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kacel, E. L., Ulfig, C. M., Kirsch, J. L., Padron, A., Esparza-Duran, D., Wong, S., Smith, S.G., Schultz, G.S., Pereira, D.B. (2017, March). Presurgical sleep quality, individual resilience, and postsurgical inflammation among women with suspected gynecologic cancer. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Seville, Spain.

Leone, A., O, Brian, O., Padron, A., Diorio, G. J., Sexton W. J., Poch M., Henriksen, C., Jacobson P., & Gilbert, S. (2015). Differences in patient reported health and quality of life prior to cystectomy: Initial results from bladder cancer outcomes and impact study (BCOIS). Poster presented at the Southeastern Section of the American Urologic Association.

Padron, A., Kieffer, K., Menger, R., & Baseil, T. (2014, August). Effects of perceived sexual experience on perceptions of psychosocial maturity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Kieffer, K.M., Rivera, B., Padron, A., Canon, M., & Baseil, T. (2011, August). Effects of cognitive priming on taste perceptions of a beer sample. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Kieffer, K.M., Rivera, B., Padron, A., Baseil, T., & Canon, M. (2011, August). The relationship between classroom seating location and select personality variables. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Kieffer, K.M., Baseil, T., Baucknight, K., Piper, C., Padron, A., & Presault, K. (2010, August). Effects of information on taste perceptions of a beer sample. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, California.

Regional Conventions

Padron, A., Bacharz, K., McCrae, C. S., Robinson, M. E., Trinastic, L., Antoni, M. H., Postupack, R., Esparza-Duran, D., Kacel, E. L., Ulfig, C., Schultz, G., Castagno, J., Pereira, D. B. (2020, March). Acute effects of a cognitive behavioral intervention on post-surgical sleep outcomes in women with gynecologic malignancies and insomnia. Abstract submitted for presentation at the 2020 University of Florida Health Cancer Center Research Day, Gainesville, FL.

Padron, A., Robinson, M. E., Waxenberg, L. B., McCrae, C. S., Antoni, M. H., Trinastic, L., Postupack, R., Esparza-Duran, D., Kacel, E. L., Ulfig, C., Schultz, G., Castagno, J., Pereira, D. B. (2020, February). Cognitive behavioral effects on subjective pain outcomes in women with gynecologic malignancies and insomnia. Poster accepted for presentation at the 2020 University of Florida Public Health and Health Professions Research Day, Gainesville, FL.

Ulfig, C.M., Kacel, E.L., Padron, A., McCrae, C., Robinson, M., Antoni, M.H., Pereira, D.B. (2019, April). The effects of a cognitive behavioral intervention on worry about cancer progression among women with gynecologic malignancies. Poster presentation at the 2019 University of Florida Public Health and Health Professions Research Day, Gainesville, FL.

Padron, A., Wong, S., Armstrong, M. L., George, T., Pereira. D. B. (2017, November). Dyadic relationships among sense of mastery, cancer-related distress, and salivary cortisol in patients and caregivers impacted by advanced abdominal and pelvic cancers: Actor-partner interdependence model (APIM) analyses. Poster presented at the 2018 University of Florida Health Cancer Center Research Day, Gainesville, FL

Richard, B.G., & Padron, A. (2012, March). A cross-cultural examination of loss and attachment patterns. Poster presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Padron, A. (2011, March). The relationship between religiosity and death obsession during early and late adulthood. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, Florida.

Invited Presentations

Padron, A. (2019, February). UF Psycho-Oncology Lab: Optimizing health and well-being in cancer patients. Topic presented at the annual Department of Clinical and Health Psychology luncheon during recruitment weekend, University of Florida.

Padron, A., Miles, K., & Baseil, T. (2012, April). Positive Psychology.  Project presented at the annually held Academic Excellence Day, Saint Leo University.

Kieffer, K.M., Padron, A., Menger, R., & Baseil, T. (2012, April). Effects of perceived sexual experience on perceptions of psychosocial maturity. Paper presented at the annually held Academic Excellence Day, Saint Leo University.

Padron, A., & Bryan, R.G. (2011, April). A cross-cultural examination of loss and attachment patterns. Project presented at the annually held Academic Excellence Day, Saint Leo University.

Padron, A. (2011, April). The relationship between religiosity and death obsession during early and late adulthood. Paper presented at the annually held Academic Excellence Day, Saint Leo University.

Kieffer, K.M., Rivera, B., Padron, A., Canon, M., & Baseil, T. (2011, April). Effects of cognitive priming on taste perceptions of a beer sample. Paper presented at the annually held Academic Excellence Day, Saint Leo University.

Kieffer, K.M., Rivera, B., Padron, A., Baseil, T., & Canon, M. (2011, April). The relationship between classroom seating location and select personality variables. Paper presented at the annually held Academic Excellence Day, Saint Leo University.

Kieffer, K.M., Baseil, T., Baucknight, K., Piper, C., Padron, A., & Presault, K. (2010, April). Effects of information on taste perceptions of a beer sample. Paper presented at the annually held Academic Excellence Day, Saint Leo University.

Padron, A. (2010, April). The relationship between religiosity and death obsession during early, middle, and late adulthood. Paper presented at the annually held Academic Excellence Day, Saint Leo University.

Padron, A. (2009, April). Selective Mutism: A review. Paper presented at the annually held Academic Excellence Day, Saint Leo University.

RESEARCH GRANTS

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31CA247421)

Sponsor: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Sponsor Date Awarded: 9/9/2019

Award Dates: 12/1/2019 – 11/30/2021

Total Award Amount: $80,448

 

UF Health Cancer Center 2019 Pre-Doctoral Dissertation Award

Sponsor: UF Health Cancer Center

Sponsor Date Awarded: 11/15/2019

Award Dates: 11/15/2019-12/1/2020

Total Award Amount: $10,000

 

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

Florence Shafer Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychotherapeutic Counseling, November 2019

University of Florida Committee-Selected Nominee for the Distinguished Student Scientist-Practitioner Award in Clinical Psychology co-sponsored by APA Division 12 and CUDCP, November 2019

University of Florida Office of Research Graduate Student Travel Grant, May 2019

University of Florida Office of Research Graduate Student Travel Grant, April 2018

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Research Scholars Semi-Finalist, May 2017

Saint Leo School of Arts and Sciences Student of the Year Award, April 2012

Clara McDonald Olson Scholastic Excellence Award, April 2012

Who’s Who Among College Students honor recipient, April 2012

Saint Leo Psychology Student of the Year Award, April 2011

Who’s Who Among College Students honor recipient, April 2011

Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Member, 2009 – present

The National Society of Leadership and Success, Member, 2009 – present

Dean’s List, Fall 2008 – Spring 2012

TEACHING EXPERIENCES

Introduction to Health Psychology – CLP 4314

January 2018 – April 2018; January 2019 – April 2019; January 2020 – April 2020

Supervisor: Diedre B. Pereira, Ph.D., ABPP

Provided guidance and education in subject-specific content to both graduate and undergraduate students within traditional and blended classroom environments. Further involved in the development and design of curriculum and appropriate course materials (e.g., lectures, exams, assignments), teaching of relevant course domains, and student advising/mentoring pertaining to class-specific issues.

Presented Lectures:
  • Health Psychology
  • Systems of the Body
  • Chronic Diseases
  • APA Style and Academic Writing
  • Patient-Provider Communication
  • Cancer and Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Terminal Illnesses, Palliative Care, and Death
  • Understanding Advanced Directives
  • Future Directions in Health Psychology

Measurement, Research Design, and Statistics II – CLP 6528

January 2018 – April 2018

Supervisor: Michael Marsiske, Ph.D.

Provided teaching and teaching-related support to faculty instructor as well as guidance in subject-specific content to both graduate students within a blended classroom. Further involved in the development and design of course materials (e.g., applied research assignment rubrics and keys).

 

Measurement, Research Design, and Statistics I – CLP 6527

August 2017 – August 2018

Supervisor: Michael Marsiske, Ph.D.

Provided teaching and teaching-related support to faculty instructor as well as guidance in subject-specific content to both graduate students within a blended classroom. Further involved in the development and design of course materials (e.g., applied research assignment rubrics and keys).

MEMBERSHIPS

American Psychological Association (APA), student affiliate since 2009

  • Division 03: Experimental Psychology, Member
  • Division 38: Health Psychology, Member
  • Division 40: Clinical Neuropsychology, Member

American Psychosomatic Society (APS), student affiliate since 2017

Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer since 2018