Dr. Schwartz's research focuses on behavioral and psychosocial aspects of cancer and its treatment in adolescents and young adults (AYAs), a group of patients with unique medical and psychosocial challenges. Most of her current studies aim to understand and improve self-management among AYAs.
Dr. Barakat's research is focused on examining risk-and-resilience models to characterize disease management and health-related quality of life of children with chronic health conditions and their families. Another focus of investigation is translation of these models into evidence-based assessment (family psychosocial risk screening) as well as family-based, mHealth interventions to improve disease management and to support medical decision-making for youth with cancer and their families.
Dr. Dowshen focuses on improving the health outcomes for adolescent and young adults (AYA) living with or at high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and improving access and quality of care for gender expansive and transgender children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in developing and testing digital health interventions to reach, engage, and retain AYA in care.
The digital world moves fast. When the digital realm in question is the use of mobile devices, social media, and related technologies in medical research (mHealth), it isn't always easy for researchers who use these tools to keep pace.