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Management of chronic illness in children and adolescents often is a multifaceted challenge that requires the attention and expertise of individuals from a variety of disciplines that include psychology, psychiatry, social work, and medicine. The aim of this book is to provide readers with a practical overview of the definitions, characteristics, theories and models, diagnostic and treatment indications, and relevant aspects and methods of evidence-based psychosocial treatments for chronic illness in children and adolescents. Although treatments and research for chronic conditions are reviewed in general, particular attention is directed at asthma, cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes mellitus, and sickle cell disease due to the high incidence of these chronic diseases among children and adolescents. Case vignettes and suggestions for further reading are provided for the interested reader.
Ronald T. Brown, PhD, ABPP is Professor of Public Health, Psychology and Pediatrics and is Dean of the College of Health Professions at Temple University. Dr. Brown is a diplomate in Clinical Health Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Brown has been the recipient of numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. Dr. Brown currently is the Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and serves of the Behavioral Medicine and Intervention Outcomes of the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health. He has published over 200 articles, chapters, and books related to childhood psychopathology and health psychology. He also has served on the editorial boards of 11 journals related to child and adolescent psychopathology. Dr. Brown also serves as a liaison to the American Academy of Pediatric subcommittee on the assessment and practice guidelines for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Brown also serves as Chair of the Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association.
Brian P. Daly, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at Temple University. Dr. Daly is an Instructor in Health Psychology, Director of the Temple Children’s Hospital pediatric psychology clinic, and practices clinically in the Department of Pediatrics, where he often consults and provides therapeutic interventions to children with chronic illnesses. Dr. Daly recently received a research award from the Pew Foundation to investigate prevention efforts with children at risk for behavioral problems. Dr. Daly’s research interests include interventions for children and adolescents with chronic illnesses, sleep hygiene behaviors for children, school mental health services, and resiliency factors among urban children and adolescents of color.
Annette U. Rickel, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Cornell University Medical College in New York City and is in a clinical practice. She received her Doctorate from the University of Michigan, and is a fellow and past President of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Community Research and Action, and was a fellow of the American Council on Education. Dr. Rickel was a Senior Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate from 1992–1994, and served on President Clinton’s Task Force for National Health Care Reform. Dr. Rickel has received several research awards from institutions such as the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the MacArthur and Kellogg Foundations. She has been a Consulting Editor for the American Journal of Community Psychology, the Journal of Community Psychology, and the Journal of Primary Prevention, and serves on the Board of Directors of many non-profit organizations. Dr. Rickel has authored or coauthored seven books, numerous research articles, and chapters that deal with early intervention programs for individuals at high risk for psychopathology.