Psychology Colloquium - Psychology and Health: A Patient-Centered Approach to Care

Posted on 11/13/2015 2:23:14 PM

Dr. Julia Roncoroni will present "Psychology and Health: A Patient-Centered Approach to Care" on November 16, 2015 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., in Uhler Hall, Room 111.

Treatment adherence refers to the willingness and ability of patients to actively follow the  recommendations of their health care providers. Given that low treatment adherence (more characteristic of racial/ethnic minorities than of their non-Hispanic White counterparts) leads to higher rates of morbidity and mortality, understanding its precursors is an ethical and financial mandate. The empirical work presented in this presentation will cover a series of investigations showing that culturally sensitive patient-centered care is a best-practice approach to address poor treatment adherence, and consequently health disparities. First, the development of inventories to rate patient-centered cultural sensitivity will be discussed. Next, several studies that empirically demonstrate the association between patient-centered cultural sensitivity at three different levels (i.e. physical health care environment, provider/staff behaviors, and patient behaviors) and treatment adherence will be presented. Finally, ongoing collaborations and future research directions will be addressed.

Dr. Roncoroni will earn her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida in 2016.  She is currently working as a predoctoral intern at the Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance. She is a candidate for an Assistant Professor position in the Psychology Department.