Dr. Laura Mackner in the Center for Biobehavioral Health is focusing her research on psychosocial issues in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Some of her previous research has shown that youth with IBD have significant difficulty managing the impact of the disease on typical life activities, including social and educational activities. Mackner is planning to develop a peer mentoring program that will improve functioning in these areas, so that youth with IBD can learn to live with this challenging chronic illness while participating fully in typical life activities.
Contact: Laura Macker, PhD
Mackner, L. M., Bickmeier, R. M., and Crandall, W. V. (in press). School achievement, absence and quality of life in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
Mackner, L. M., Vannatta, K., and Crandall, W. V. (in press). Gender differences in the social functioning of adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.
Greenley, R. N., Hommel, K. A., Nebel, J., Raboin, T., Li, S. H., Simpson, P, & Mackner, L. M. (2010) A meta-analytic review of the psychosocial adjustment of youth with inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 35(8), 857-869.