Musumeci-Szabo, Tamara J.
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Centers, Institutes, Other, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Social/Health Psychology, Management of Chronic Illnesses, Effective and Efficient Interventions to Manage Chronic Illnesses.
Health Psychology, Adult Development and Aging.
Academic Interests and Plans
My research examines how the contributions of both patient factors (e.g., perceptions of self and identity, representations of illness and treatment) and physician factors (e.g., communication and practice styles) influence the process of self-regulation and how that impacts illness management, treatment adherence and health outcomes. Currently, I am studying how holding different mental models of illness timeline (e.g., acute vs. chronic) impacts how patients with asthma think about and manage their illness. I am also designing an intervention to improve asthma management among providers and patients. As a member of the Center for the Study of Health Beliefs and Behavior, which investigates doctor-patient communication, chronic illness management and end of life planning, I am involved in several projects.