Lab News

Undergraduate students presented their research at VCU’s Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity:

Congratulations to Samantha Miadich on her F31 fellowship from NIH/NHLBI! Her project is titled, “Effects of Cumulative Risk on Asthma Outcomes in Urban Children and Adolescents.” Samantha will use data from ecological momentary assessments delivered via smartphone to examine processes that place low-income, urban children (7-12 years) at increased risk for poor asthma outcomes. Her study will also use a toxic stress framework to test the association between a cumulative risk model of stress and child asthma outcomes, as well as the association between an adolescent-specific cumulative risk model of stress and asthma outcomes in 13 to 17 year olds.

Adrienne Borschuk defended her dissertation! Her project was titled, “Scoring and Validation of the Cystic Fibrosis Disclosure Questionnaire” and was a collaboration with researchers at Johns Hopkins University. She will be completing her internship at Kennedy Krieger. Congrats, Adrienne!


Samantha Miadich and Gillian Leibach both presented abstracts at the Society of Pediatric Psychology’s Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. Sam’s abstract was titled, “Daily Assessments in Urban Families: The Interaction of Caregiver Smoking Status and Quick-Relief Medication Use on Sleep Quality in Children with Asthma.” Gillian’s abstract was titled, “An Innovative Approach to Examining Daily Family Functioning Among Urban Families with a Child with Asthma.”


Undergraduate students, Sarah Astrab and Erin-Gray McClenny, presented their research at VCU’s Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity. Sarah’s abstract was “Asthma-Related Anxiety and Quick-Relief Medication Use in Urban Children with Asthma” and Erin’s abstract was “Caregiver-Identified Areas of Importance in Caring for Children with Asthma.”