Mentor: Dr. Susan Horky
College of Medicine
"As a freshman, I knew I wanted to explore my interests in the sciences and research seemed like a perfect way to do that. I applied to a lab that aligned with several of my interests, and since joining, I have come to appreciate the work of researchers worldwide, while also developing a better understanding of the research process itself."
- Functional medicine
- Florida Academic Scholar
- University Scholars Program
- Gator Advocates for World Health
- Sidney Lanier
- Balance 180 Adaptive Program
Hobbies and Interests
Coping Methods of Adolescents with Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic progressive disease that ultimately affects the lungs, pancreas and the digestive tract. The genetic mutation causes a buildup of mucus in these organs, most often providing a site for reoccurring bacterial infection in the lungs, as well as loss of function of digestive enzymes in the pancreas. Therefore, people with cystic fibrosis must live each day on a strictly regimented schedule in order to maintain their health. Usually, this involves consuming large quantities of medication each day, performing daily airway-clearance treatments, and making multiple, lengthy visits to the hospital each year. Although medical advancements have drastically enhanced the conditions for patients with cystic fibrosis, living with the disease is a constant battle, both physically and mentally. Oftentimes, patients with CF are diagnosed at a young age and the disease becomes something that they try to accept and integrate into what may be considered a normal life. In this project I will utilize video intervention/prevention assessment (VIA) technology to gain a better understanding of the lives of adolescents, ages 12-18, living with the disease. This qualitative research analysis will focus on the various coping mechanisms utilized by the participants, with the hope that this information will allow future physicians to be better prepared to help CF patients adhere to their rigorous, yet necessary, daily treatment schedules.