Michelle M. Reising, PhD
Psychology - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Dr. Reising is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in psychosocial intervention for youth with serious health conditions and their families. Her research is clinical intervention based with a focus on stress, trauma, coping, and quality improvement regarding patient-centered care. In collaboration with clinical psychologist, Dr. Shari Neul, Dr. Reising co-created the Behavioral Hematology-Oncology Program (BHOP). BHOP program development focuses on providing evidence-based practices in the psychosocial assessment and support of youth diagnosed with cancer or hematological disorders and their families. Dr. Reising’s work is focused on development of an evidence-based psychosocial screening program with newly diagnosed oncology patients and their families, including the use of the Psychosocial Assessment Tool-2 (Pai et al., 2008). In collaboration with the Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Team and Dr. Neul, Dr. Reising is incorporating an evidence-based cognitive screening, to aide in academic support planning and education of patients, families, and school personnel regarding the impact of SCD on learning and to ensure appropriate supports are in place to optimize academic and psychosocial functioning. Additionally, Drs. Reising and Neul are implementing quality improvement processes to improve access to psychosocial supports for patients with SCD and their families. Dr. Reising's quality improvement and program development efforts aim to provide evidence-based psychosocial assessment and intervention individually tailored to patient and family needs to optimize psychological adjustment and health outcomes.