Mentor: Dr. David Fedele
College of Public Health and Health Professions
"Growing up with atopic diseases (asthma, allergies and eczema), I wanted to help others with similar conditions and make a beneficial difference in their lives.
Through my research, I have been able to extend my classroom knowledge and apply it to a real world environment. The overall experience has improved my social interactions with patients and my understanding of the research process itself."
- Asthma Self-Management
- Bright Futures Scholarship 2014
- President's List 2015-2016
- Bachelor of Health Science Honors Program 2015
- University Scholars Program 2016
- Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honors Society – Member Vice President
- Organic Chemistry I Teaching Assistant
- Organic Chemistry II Teaching Assistant
- Biology II Learning Assistant
Hobbies and Interests
- Playing the piano
Association of asthma self-management components and asthma related quality of life
It is estimated that 25 million people have asthma in the United States, making asthma a growing public health concern. Total asthma expenditures (missed work, medical costs, hospital bills, etc.) cost the United States $56 billion in 2007. As pediatric treatment regimens shift from hospital to home administration, children with chronic diseases and their families are burdened with managing their illness at home. Families are expected to learn how to administer medication, manage prescriptions, and integrate disease management into their lives. Incorporating these regimens has become increasingly difficult, contributing to nonadherence rates of 50-75% for children with chronic conditions. It is imperative that healthcare providers place a stronger emphasis on asthma self-management in order to alleviate the challenges families with asthma face everyday.
This research will provide evidence for asthma management, showcasing the impact asthma has on adolescents’ quality of life. My research aims to examine the association between quality of life and asthma self-management. This research will promote asthma self-management programs by enforcing health care providers to focus on removing barriers that previously constrained adolescents from enjoying everyday activities.