The Psychology Department presents a colloquium entitled “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds: Helping Adolescents with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.” Dana Rofey, Ph.D. of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (UPMC) will present on this area of important clinical challenge on Friday, March 8, 2013, from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in Uhler Hall, Room 114.
Complex and interrelated processes in adolescents with physical illness, namely PCOS, make efficacious interventions challenging. This enhanced cognitive behavioral and motivational interviewing therapy creates a synergistic effect across domains (weight, mood, and sleep) in ways that become increasingly salient during adolescence. This research will lay the groundwork for future interventions targeting important physical, emotional, and behavioral facets.
Rofey has been involved with NIH-funded grants and has completed research trials investigating synergistic behavioral interventions that affect physiological outcomes (e.g., PCOS), health promotion in high-risk adolescents, psychosocial outcomes in teens having bariatric surgery, collaborative care models in pediatric primary care, pediatric variants of bipolar disorder, and psychosocial implications of bariatric surgery. She is the author and co-author of numerous articles that have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.