Mentor: Dr. Susan Horky
College of Medicine
"Initially, I became involved in research to simply gain research experience. However, since starting my Freshman year I became quite intrigued in the dynamics of research and its versatility. It is my hope to continue to learn about the different processes of research as I continue to engage in research activities. Consequently, I applied to the University Scholars Program in order to have the opportunity to design my own project after spending the last year gaining research experience."
Health Disparities in Society
- Public Health
- Female Reproductivity
- Gator Advocates for World Health
- Jamaican-American Student Organization
- Equal Access Clinic
- Project MASCOT
Hobbies and Interests
Patterns of Parent-Child Interactions in Youth with Cystic Fibrosis
My current research with Susan Horky, LCSW, focuses primarily on the psycho-social implications, whether positive or negative, of having to live with Cystic Fibrosis as a youth. Teens are loaned camcorders and asked to video tape all aspects of their lives. The teens’ videotapes are then collected, transcribed and qualitatively analyzed. Through this in-depth qualitative analysis I started noticing certain trends in the parent–child relationship of youth with Cystic Fibrosis. Consequently, I hypothesized that the parent-child relationship, especially mother and child, is regulated by the seriousness and level of dependency the child with Cystic Fibrosis exhibits. My research will focus on the patterns of parent-child interactions in youth with Cystic Fibrosis with a primary focus on the relationship between mother and child. I would like to know: Is the parent role somehow evolved into just the primary caregiver because of the nature of this disease? Does the dependency of those youth who are seriously ill strain the parent – child dynamic, and finally, what are some of the social and health related implications that may arise from adverse parent- child relations?