Dr. Laura Mackner in the Center for Biobehavioral Health is focusing her research on psychosocial issuesin 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. She recently received a grant 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.
Mackner LM, Bickmeier RM, Crandall WV. School achievement, absence and quality of life in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Feb 2012, 33(2):106-111.
Mackner LM, Vannatta K, Crandall WV. Gender differences in the social functioning of adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. Sep 2012, 19(3):270-276.
Mackner LM, Greenley RN, Szigethy E, Herzer M, Deer K, Hommel KA. Psychosocial issues in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease: A clinical report of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Apr 2013, 56(4):449-458.