Denise McIntyre

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

Research Interests

  • Public Health
  • Female Reproductivity

Academic Awards

  • Orange Scholars Scholarship


  • CLAS Ambassador
  • Gator Advocates for World Health
  • Jamaican-American Student Organization


  • GatorPals
  • Equal Access Clinic
  • Project MASCOT

Hobbies and Interests

  • Paintball
  • Reading
  • Cooking

Research Description

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?