Mary Alice Anderson
"I applied to the Scholars program to gain mentored research experience in a one-on-one setting from a leading authority in health outcomes research. Under the guidance of my mentor, I will learn how to use structural equation methodology to test a hypothesis. I will also learn how to present my research in both an oral and print format to the scientific community. My goals for this academic year include giving an oral presentation at the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) 18th Annual Conference in Denver, CO and publishing my research in a peer-reviewed journal. All of these skills gained through the Scholars program will be valuable for my future professional career in a health setting."
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Food and nutritional sciences, assessment of patient reported health outcomes in clinical pediatric populations, and Health-related Quality of Life measurement.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Florida Academic Scholars Award
- National Institute of Health Summer Fellowship
I have volunteered at both the VA and Shands as a patient transporter and pharmacy technician, respectively. Through my sorority, I also volunteer for the local soup kitchen and animal shelter. Additionally, I have participated in the University of Florida’s Dance Marathon for Children’s Miracle Network for the past three years.
Hobbies and Interests
- Outdoors, running, swimming, and hiking.
Investigating the Mechanism between Psychosocial Factors and Health Outcomes in Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Survivors
AIMS: As a result of increased cancer survival rates, research has aimed to improve the quality of life (QOL) and well-being of long-term cancer survivors. Many studies have examined the disease and treatment factors associated with patient-reported health outcomes (PROs) such as QOL. However, the mechanism through which psychosocial variables influence QOL remains unclear. Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is an invasive form of treatment for hematologic malignancies that can impair health outcomes for survivors. This study aims to identify the mechanisms through which psychosocial variables influence patient-reported outcomes (PROs) of HCT survivors, with a specific focus on the relationships between optimism, social constraints, social support, coping behavior, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and family functioning. Methods: This cross-sectional study utilizes data of 662 long-term HCT survivors randomly collected from transplant centers reporting to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research. The Life Orientation Test (LOT), Social Constraints Scale (SCS), Duke-UNC Functional Social Support Questionnaire, Brief Coping With Problems Experienced Scale (COPE), Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) 36-Item Short Form Health Survey, and MOS Family Functioning Measure were administered to measure optimism, social constraints before treatment, social constraints after treatment, social support, coping behavior, HRQOL (including the physical component score (PCS) and mental component score (MCS)), and family functioning, respectively. Structural equation modeling will be performed to test direct and indirect effects of these psychosocial variables on PROs controlling for demographic and clinical variables. A final conceptual model will then be selected based on fit indices of Comparative Fit Index (CFI) and Root Mean Square Error of Approximation (RMSEA). Implications: The final model of this study will have important implications for the future design of an intervention to boost survivors’ social constraints, social support, and coping strategies to improve patient reported health outcomes.