Lauren Mednick PhD

Lauren Mednick, PhD

Assistant Director (Clinical), OPS

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

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Medical Services

Departments

  • Psychiatry

Programs

  • Medical Coping Team
  • Behavioral Medicine Clinic
  • Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Service
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Experience and Education

Education

Clinical Psychology

George Washington University, 2005

Fellowship

Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital,

Boston, MA

Internship

Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School,

Boston, MA

Professional History

Peer Reviewed Publications

1. Mednick, L., Cogen, F.R., & Streisand, R. (2004). Satisfaction and quality of life in children with type 1 diabetes and their parents following transition to insulin pump therapy. Children’s Health Care, 33(3), 169-183.
2. Streisand, R. & Mednick, L. (2005). Development of the Diabetes Education, Counseling, Information Delivery, and Evaluation (DECIDE) program: A Health promotion intervention for preadolescents with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 13(2), 189-199.
3. Mednick, L., Cogen, F., Henderson, C., Rohrbeck, C., Kitessa, D., & Streisand, R. (2007). Hope more, worry less: Hope as a potential resilience factor in mothers of very young children with type 1 diabetes. Children’s Health Care, 36(4), 385-396.
4. Streisand, R., Mackey, E.R., Elliot, B.M, Mednick, L., Slaughter, I.M, Turek, J., & Austin, A. (2008). Parental anxiety and depression associated with caring for a child newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes: Opportunities for education and counseling. Patient Education and Counseling, 32(2), 333-338.
5. Mednick, L., Gargollo, P., Oliva, M., Gant, R. & Borer, J. (2009). Stress and coping in parents of young children diagnosed with bladder exstrophy. Journal of Urology, 181(3), 1312-1317.
6. Tunick, R. & Mednick, L. (2009). Electronic communication in the pediatric setting: dilemmas associated with patient blogs. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34(5), 585-587.
7. Mitchell, S., Hilliard, M., Mednick, L., Cogen, F., Henderson, C., Streisand, R. (2009). Stress Among Fathers of Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes. Family, Systems, and Health, 27(4), 314-324.
8. Mednick, L., Braunstein, J., & Neufeld, E. (2010). Oral chelation: Should it be used with Young Children? Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 55(4), 603-605.
9. Mednick, L., Yu, S., Trachtenberg, F., Xu, Y., Kleinert, D.A., Giardina, P.J, Kwiatkowski, J.L., Foote, D., Thayalasuthan, V., Porter, J.B., Thompson, A.A., Schilling, L., Quinn, C.T., Neufeld, & E.J., Yamashita, R. (2010). Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Thalassemia: Prevalence and Correlates in the Thalassemia Longitudinal Cohort. American Journal of Hematology, 85(10), 802-805.
10. Trachtenberg, F., Vichinsky, E., Haines, D., Pakbaz, Z., Mednick, L., Sobota, A., Kwiatkowski, J., Thompson, A.A., Porter, J., Coates, T., Giardina, P.J., Olivieri, N., Yamashita, R., & Neufeld, E.J. (2011). Iron chelation adherence to deferoxamine and deferasirox in thalassemia. American Journal of Hematology, 86(5), 433-436.
11. Tunick, R. Mednick, L, & Conroy, C (2011). A snapshot of child psychologists’ social media activity: Professional and ethical practice implications and recommendations. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42(6), 440-447.
12. Mednick, L. & Robyn, L.C. (2012). Treatment of Severe Blood-Injection-Injury Phobia with the Applied Tension Method: Two Adolescent Case Examples. Clinical Case Studies, 11(1), 24-34.
13. Trachtenberg, F., Mednick, L., Kwiatkowski, J.L., Neufeld, E., Haines, D., Pakbaz, Z., Thompson, A.A., Quinn, C., Grady, R., Sobota, A., Olivieri, N., Horne, R., & Yamashita, R. (2012). Beliefs about chelation among thalassemia patients. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 10, 148-159.
14. Pennison, M.C., Mednick, L., Grant, R., Price, D., Rosoklija, I., Huang, L., Ziniel, S., & Borer, J.G. (2013). A Survey to Assess Body and Self-Image in Individuals with Bladder Exstrophy: A Call for Psychosocial Support. The Journal of Urology, 190(4), 1572-1576.
15. Mednick, L., Snyder, J., Schook, C., Blood, E.A., Brown, S.E., & Weatherley-White, R.C.A. (2013). Causal Attributions of Cleft Lips and Palates across Cultures. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 50(6), 655-61.
16. Pennison, M., Mednick, L., Rosoklija, I, Grant, R., Huang, L., Ziniel, S. Borer, J. (in press). Health Related Quality of Life in Patients with Bladder Exstrophy: A Call for Targeted Interventions. The Journal of Urology.
17. Zenlea, I.S., Mednick, L., Rein, J., Quinn, M., Wolfsdorf, J., & Rhodes, E.T. (in press). Routine behavioral and mental health screening in young children with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Pediatric Diabetes.
18. Zenlea, I.S., Milliren, C.E., Mednick, L., & Rhodes, E.T. (in press). Screening in adolescents in the United States: A national study of ambulatory, office-based practice. Academic Pediatrics.

Invited Chapters

1. Mednick, L. (2009). Preparation for Procedures. In R.J. Shaw & D.R. DeMaso (Eds.), Textbook of Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
2. Mednick, L. & Koocher, G. (2012). Children with Chronic Medical Conditions: Parenting Needs. In K. Kuehnle & L. Drozd (Eds.), Parenting Plan Evaluations: Applied Research for the Family Court. Oxford University Press.
3. Mednick, L. (2013). Helping Children Cope with Chronic Medical Illness. In G.P. Koocher, J. C. Norcross, & B. A. Greene (Eds.), Psychologists' Desk Reference-3rd Edition. Oxford University Press.
4. Yamashita, R.C., Mednick, L., & Haines, D. (in press). Psychological Support in Thalassemia. Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Thalassemia- 2nd Update Edition. Thalassemia International Federation.

Research

2008- present Co-PI, To Blog or Not to Blog? Ethical and Professional Dilemmass Associated with the use of Personal Web Pages Designed and currently analyzing data from a study aimed at understanding the specific ethical and professional dilemmas related to patient and clinician blog and social network use. 2009-present Investigator, Thalassemia Longitudinal Cohort Currently analyzing psychosocial data from a large multi-country longitudinal study with patients diagnosed with thalassemia. 2009-present Co-PI, International Perceptions of Clefts Currently analyzing data examining causal attributions and perceptions of clefts of patients in five countries. 2007-2012 Psychology Consultant, CDC (grant#: 5 U01 DD000308-03), New Investigation Initiatives for Prevention of Complications of Thalassemia. PI: Ellis Neufeld, M.D., Ph.D. The major goal of this study is to examine variables associated with preventing disease complications in patients diagnosed with thalassemia.

Publications

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  1. Trachtenberg FL, Gerstenberger E, Xu Y, Mednick L, Sobota A, Ware H, Thompson AA, Neufeld EJ, Yamashita R. Relationship among chelator adherence, change in chelators, and quality of life in thalassemia. Qual Life Res. 2014 Oct; 23(8):2277-88.
  2. Pennison MC, Mednick L, Rosoklija I, Grant R, Price D, Huang L, Ziniel S, Borer JG. Health related quality of life in patients with bladder exstrophy: a call for targeted interventions. J Urol. 2014 May; 191(5 Suppl):1553-7.
  3. Zenlea IS, Milliren CE, Mednick L, Rhodes ET. Depression screening in adolescents in the United States: a national study of ambulatory office-based practice. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Mar-Apr; 14(2):186-91.
  4. Zenlea IS, Mednick L, Rein J, Quinn M, Wolfsdorf J, Rhodes ET. Routine behavioral and mental health screening in young children with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Pediatr Diabetes. 2014 Aug; 15(5):384-8.
  5. Pennison MC, Mednick L, Grant R, Price D, Rosoklija I, Huang L, Ziniel S, Borer JG. A survey to assess body and self-image in individuals with bladder exstrophy: a call for psychosocial support. J Urol. 2013 Oct; 190(4 Suppl):1572-6.
  6. Trachtenberg FL, Mednick L, Kwiatkowski JL, Neufeld EJ, Haines D, Pakbaz Z, Thompson AA, Quinn CT, Grady R, Sobota A, Olivieri N, Horne R, Yamashita R. Beliefs about chelation among thalassemia patients. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2012; 10:148.
  7. Trachtenberg F, Vichinsky E, Haines D, Pakbaz Z, Mednick L, Sobota A, Kwiatkowski J, Thompson AA, Porter J, Coates T, Giardina PJ, Olivieri N, Yamashita R, Neufeld EJ. Iron chelation adherence to deferoxamine and deferasirox in thalassemia. Am J Hematol. 2011 May; 86(5):433-6.
  8. Mednick LM, Braunstein J, Neufeld E. Oral chelation: should it be used with young children? Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Oct; 55(4):603-5.
  9. Mednick L, Yu S, Trachtenberg F, Xu Y, Kleinert DA, Giardina PJ, Kwiatkowski JL, Foote D, Thayalasuthan V, Porter JB, Thompson AA, Schilling L, Quinn CT, Neufeld EJ, Yamashita R. Symptoms of depression and anxiety in patients with thalassemia: prevalence and correlates in the thalassemia longitudinal cohort. Am J Hematol. 2010 Oct; 85(10):802-5.
  10. Mitchell SJ, Hilliard ME, Mednick L, Henderson C, Cogen FR, Streisand R. Stress among fathers of young children with type 1 diabetes. Fam Syst Health. 2009 Dec; 27(4):314-24.
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  12. Mednick, L., Gargollo, P., Oliva, M., Gant, R. & Borer, J. . Stress and coping in parents of young children diagnosed with bladder exstrophy. Journal of Urology. 2009.
  13. Mednick L, Gargollo P, Oliva M, Grant R, Borer J. Stress and coping of parents of young children diagnosed with bladder exstrophy. J Urol. 2009 Mar; 181(3):1312-6; discussion 1317.
  14. Streisand R, Mackey ER, Elliot BM, Mednick L, Slaughter IM, Turek J, Austin A. Parental anxiety and depression associated with caring for a child newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes: opportunities for education and counseling. Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Nov; 73(2):333-8.
  15. Tunick R, Mednick L. Commentary: Electronic communication in the pediatric setting--dilemmas associated with patient blogs. J Pediatr Psychol. 2009 Jun; 34(5):585-7.
  16. Mednick, L., Oliva, M., Gargollo, P., Grant, R., & Borer, J. . The Challenges of Parenting Young Children Diagnosed with Bladder Exstrophy. Poster presented at the biannual meeting of the Child Health Conference. 2008.
  17. Hilliard, M., Mednick, L., Cogen, F.R., & Streisand, R. . Parenting a young child with type 1 diabetes: Behavioral concerns. Poster presented at the 67th annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association . 2007.
  18. Streisand, R., Hilliard, M., Mednick, L., Henderson, C., & Cogen, F. . Quality of Life in Mothers of Preschoolers with Diabetes: Examining Opportunities for Stress Management and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Society of Behavioral Medicine. 2007.
  19. Streisand, R., Hilliard, M., Mednick, L., Peterson, L., & Cogen, F.R. . Management of young children with T1 and ADA age specific guidelines: How do they compare? . Poster presented at the 67th annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association. 2007.
  20. Mednick, L., Cogen, F., Henderson, C., Rohrbeck, C., Kitessa, D., & Streisand, R. Hope More, Worry Less: Hope as a Potential Resilience Factor in Mothers of Very Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes. Children’s Health Care. 2007; 36(4):385-396.
  21. Streisand, R., Hilliard, M., Mednick, L., & Cogen, F. Preliminary results of an RCT to prevent nonadherence among preadolescents with T1 diabetes. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association . 2006.
  22. Brancu, M., Hansen, J., Mednick, L., Cogen, F., & Streisand, R. Division of Family Responsibilities in Managing Preadolescents’ Type 1 Diabetes. Poster presented at the biannual meeting of the Child Health Conference. 2006.
  23. Mednick, L., Peterson, L., Kittesa, D., Cogen, F., Henderson, C., & Streisand, R. A day in the life of a parent of a very young child with type 1 diabetes. Poster presented at the biannual meeting of the Child Health Conference. 2006.
  24. Streisand, R., Brancu, M., Mednick, L., Henderson, C., & Cogen, F. Children transitioning to the insulin pump: Impact on parenting stress. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association Conference. 2005.
  25. Mednick, L., Cogen, F., Henderson, C., Kittesa, D., & Streisand, R. . Stress and anxiety in parents of very young children with type 1 diabetes: Hope as a resilience factor . Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association Conference. 2005.
  26. Mednick, L. Stress, Hope, and Anxiety in Parents of Very Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes. 2005.
  27. Mednick, L. & Streisand, R. Parenting Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes. Contemporary Parenting Issues, Nova Science Publishers. 2005.
  28. Streisand, R., & Mednick, L. Development of the Diabetes Education, Counseling, Information Delivery, and Evaluation (DECIDE) program: A Health promotion intervention for preadolescents with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2005; 13(2):189-199.
  29. Mednick, L., Cogen, F., Henderson, C., Stubbs, L., & Streisand, R. Parental daily management of very young children's type 1 diabetes. . Poster presented at the biannual meeting of the Child Health Conference. 2004.
  30. Mednick, L., Cogen, F.R., & Streisand, R. Satisfaction and quality of life in children with type 1 diabetes and their parents following transition to insulin pump therapy. Children’s Health Care. 2004; 33(3):169-183.
  31. Mednick, L., Streisand, R., & Cogen, F. “The pump is great!”; Satisfaction and quality of life in children with type 1 diabetes using the insulin pump. Poster presented at the annual meeting of American Psychological Association Conference. 2003.
  32. Mednick, L. Satisfaction and Quality of Life in Children with Type 1 Diabetes and Their Parents Following Transition to Insulin Pump Therapy . 2003.
  33. Streisand, R., Mednick, L., Nadeem, S., Barnet, P., Milaszewski, K., Turek, J., & Austin. A. (April, June, 2001). . Pediatric-specific psychological functioning among parents of children newly diagnosed with diabetes . Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association. 2001.
  34. Mednick, L., Streisand, R., & Cogen, F. Transition to the insulin pump: What leads to success?. Poster presented at the biannual meeting of the Child Health Conference. 2001.
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