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Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio, PhD


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Department of Psychiatry
Psychosocial Oncology
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: (614) 293-8898

Email: wells-di-gregori.1@osu.edu

 

Current OSU Appointments

Assistant Professor-Clinical, Psychiatry

Assistant Professor-Clinical, Internal Medicine

Assistant Professor, Psychology

 

Clinical Interest

Symptom management/palliative care interventions (insomnia, anxiety, depression, pain, fatigue)

Providing psychological interventions for patients and families with advanced disease

Facilitating communication and decision-making for families at the end of life

Academic Advising

2000 - 2002 Tracie Lewis The Ohio State University. Relationship adjustment, partner support, & psychosocial outcomes for women with systemic lupus erythematosus
2000 - 2002 Heather Jim The Ohio State University. Meaning in life mediates the relationship between social & physical functioning & distress in cancer survivors
2004 - 2005 Denison University.
2005 Abbey Damon The Ohio State University. Graduated 2005. Finding benefits in the breast cancer experience
2007 - 2008 Fatima Jafri, The Ohio State University. Predictors of depression among head & neck cancer patients with chronic pain
2007 - 2008 Syed Zaidi, The Ohio State University. Variation of opioid conversion methods among palliative care providers
2008 - 2009 Lauren Goodman, The Ohio State University. Prospective review of palliative ventilator withdrawals in the OSU Medical Intensive Care Unit for comparison with current guidelines
2009 - 2010 Amberly Burger The Ohio State University. Reactions and needs of friends and families experiencing a death in the hospital
2009 - 2011 Donald Marks The Ohio State University. Acceptance mediates the relationship between anxiety and pain severity
2010 - 2011 Matthew Minotti The Ohio State University. Acceptance of experience mediates the relationship between anxiety and pain severity
2010 - 2011 Grace Ukairo The Ohio State University. Bereavement needs of family members who experienced a death in the hospital
2010 - 2012 Emily Porensky The Ohio State University. An exploration of patient and family decision-making in high grade glioma
2011 - 2013 Danielle Probst The Ohio State University.
 

Certifications

2002 - present Psychologist: Ohio State Board of Psychology
 

Chapters in Books

Anderson, BL & Wells, SM.. "Cancer." In Chronic Physical Disorder: Behavioral Medicine's Perspective. Edited by AJ Christenson & M. Antoni. -. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd, January 2002.

Golden-Kreutz, D & Wells-Di Gregorio, SM.. "Biopsychosocial Aspects of Cancer." In Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. Edited by AJ Christensen, R. Martin, & JM Smyth. -. New York, NY: Plenum/Kluwer, January 2004.

Sharla Wells-di Gregorio. "Family End of Life Decision-Making." In Decision-Making Near the End of Life: Recent Developments and Future Directions. Edited by J. Werth & D. Blevins. 247-279. New York, NY: Routledge Publishing, January 2008.

 

Clinical Services

Inpatient Palliative Care Psychologist (OSU Medical Center, Psychiatry, Center for Palliative Care)
Co-Facilitator, Pathways Grief Support Group (Stoneridge, Psychiatry, Center for Palliative Care)

Degrees

1993 B.A., Miami University of Ohio

1999 None Indicated, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital

1999 None Indicated, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital

2003 None Indicated, The Ohio State University

 

Editorial Activities

1999 - present American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
2000 - 2002 Health Psychology
2001 - present Women's Health Conference, Washington DC
2001 - present Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology
2002 - present Behavior Therapy
2003 - present Quality of Life Research
2007 - present Cancer
2008 - present Death Studies
2011 - present Psychoneuroendocrinology
 

Honors

1989 - 1993 Ohio Board of Regents Scholarship. Ohio Board of Regents.
1991 - 1992 Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Fellow. Miami University Department of Psychology.
1992 - 1993 Miami University Alumni Scholarship. Miami University.
1993 Kiwani's Organizational Citizenship Award. Kiwanis Ohio.
1993 Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa.
1993 Mortar Board Senior Honorary. Miami University.
1993 Cincinnati Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Service. Cincinnati Psychological Association.
1993 - 1996 Northwestern University Graduate School University Scholar. Northwestern University Graduate School.
1996 American Psychological Association Dissertation Award. American Psychological Association.
1997 1st Place, Mid-American Congress on Aging Graduate Student Paper Competition. Mid-American Congress on Aging.
2010 - 2009 Advocacy Honors, NCI Advocating for Clinical Excellence (ACE) Project. National Cancer Institute.
2010 American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine Katherine Foley Research Scholar. AAHPM.
2010 American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine Annual Paper Award. AAHPM.
2010 American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine 1st Place Poster Award. AAHPM.
 

Journal Articles

Anderson, BL, Shapiro, CL, Farrar, WB, Crespin, T, & Wells-Di Gregorio, SM. "Psychological responses to cancer recurrence: A controlled prospective study." Cancer. Vol. 104, no. 7. (January 2005.): 1540-1547.

Golden-Kreutz, DG, Thornton, L, Wells-Di Gregorio, SM, Frierson, G, Jim, H, Carpenter, K, Shelby, R, & Anderson, BL. "Traumatic stress, perceived global stress, and life events: Prospectively predicting quality of life in breast cancer patients." Health Psychology. Vol. 24, no. 3. (January 2005.): 288-296.

Wells-Di,Gregorio,S; Shepard,K. "Comparison of four strategies for diagnosing depression among advanced cancer patients with severe pain." PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. Vol. 17, no. 3. (March 2008.): S47-S47.

Shelby, RA, Crespin, TR, Wells-Di Gregorio, SM, Lamdan, RM, Siegel, JE & Taylor, KL.. "Optimism, social support, and adjustment in Africian-American women with breast cancer.." Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Vol. 31, (January 2008.): 433-444.

Taylor, R.M., Gustin, J.L., & Wells-Di Gregorio, S.M.. "Improving Do-Not-Resuscitate discussions: A framework for physicians." The Journal of Supportive Oncology. Vol. 8, no. 1. (January 2010.): 42-44.

Wells-Di Gregorio,Sharla; Gustin,Jillian; Marks,Don; Taylor,Robert; Coller,Kristen; Magalang,Ulysses. "Worry as a Significant Predictor of Insomnia among Palliative Care Patients with Advanced Cancer." JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT. Vol. 39, no. 2. (February 2010.): 335-336.

Wells-Di Gregorio,Sharla; Gustin,Jillian; Coller,Kristen; Taylor,Robert. "Supportive Care Assessment: Patient Preferences for Disclosure of Palliative Care Information." JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT. Vol. 39, no. 2. (February 2010.): 382-383.

Gustin,Jillian; McGuire,Alexandra; Wells-Di Gregorio,Sharla; Coller,Kristen; Taylor,Robert. "Mood and Anxiety Symptoms among Advanced Cancer Patients: Kids Matter (720)." JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT. Vol. 39, no. 2. (February 2010.): 432-433.

Coller,Kristen; Viswanathan,Srividya; Wells-Di Gregorio,Sharla; Gustin,Jilliam; Taylor,Robert. "Medical Management of Malignant Bowel Obstruction: Case Discussions and Review of Literature (713)." JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT. Vol. 39, no. 2. (February 2010.): 428-429.

Wells-Di Gregorio SM. "Wells-Di Gregorio, SM, Carpenter, KM, Dorfman, CS, Yang, H, Simonelli, L & Carson, W.." Brain, Behavior and Immunity. (January 2011.): -.

Wells-Di Gregorio,Sharla; Carpenter,Kristen,M; Dorfman,Caroline,S; Yang,Hae-Chung; Simonelli,Laura,E; Carson,William,E. "Impact of breast cancer recurrence and cancer-specific stress on spouse health and immune function." BRAIN BEHAVIOR AND IMMUNITY. Vol. 26, no. 2. (February 2012.): 228-233.

Wells-Di Gregorio,S; Probst,D; Porensky,E; Weiskittle,R; Burger,A. "Family Member End-of-Life Experiences: Time May Not Heal All Wounds." PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. Vol. 21, (February 2012.): 30-30.

Probst,D; Wells-Di Gregorio,S; Marks,D; Minotti,M. "The Impact of Childhood Abuse on Six Domains of Outpatient Palliative Care." PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. Vol. 21, (February 2012.): 94-95.

Porensky,E; Wells-Di Gregorio,S; Weiskittle,R; Burger,A. "Family Member Distress With Hospital End-of-Life Experiences: Finances Matter." PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. Vol. 21, (February 2012.): 92-92.

Probst,Danielle; Wells-Di Gregorio,Sharla; Burger,Amberly; Weiskittle,Rachel; Gustin,Jillian. "ICU Versus Non-ICU Death: Family Member Complicated Grief, Post-traumatic Stress, and Depressive Symptoms." PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY. Vol. 22, (February 2013.): 69-70.

 

Presentations

"The problems of older stroke caregivers and the association between coping profile, coping self-efficacy, and depression." Presented at American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chicago, IL. (October 1996)

"Emotional Wellness: A panel discussion about chronic illness and relationships.." Presented at Illinois Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Chicago, IL, US|USA. (June 1997)

"Coping profile, coping self-efficacy, and depression in older stroke caregivers." Presented at Mid-America Congress on Aging, St. Louis, MO. (June 1997)

"Coping self-efficacy and depression in spouses of stroke survivors.." Presented at Advanceds in Geriatric Rehabilitation Course, Chicago, IL. (January 1998)

"In sickness and in health: Lupus and partner relationships.." Presented at Illinois Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Chicago, IL, US|USA. (June 1999)

"Stress and perceptions of partner supportive and unsupportive behaviors of couples coping with systemic lupus." Presented at Society of Behavioral Medicine, Nashville, TN. (April 2000)

"The role of psychology in cancer research." Presented at American Cancer Society for the Clark County Volunteer Awards Program, St. Paris, OH, US|USA. (September 2001)

"Relationship adjustment as a predictor of psychological distress in women with systemic lupus erythematosus." Presented at The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Nashville, TN. (October 2001)

"Mental health outcomes in African American breast cancer survivors." Presented at American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL. (August 2002)

"Relationship adjustment, partner support, and psychosocial outcomes for women with systemic lupus." Presented at Couples Coping with Stress International Meeting, Boston, MA. (October 2002)

"Personality, coping and distress in breast cancer patients." Presented at American Psycholgocial Association, Chicago, IL. (August 2002)

"Partner support and patient distress in systemic lupus erythematosus: An educational intervention." Presented at Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC, US|USA. (April 2002)

"Couples and cancer: Stress and caregiving." Presented at American Cancer Society for the Putnam County Relay for Life Sponsor & Survivor Thank You Dinner, Northwestern, OH, US|USA. (April 2003)

"Partner stress following breast cancer recurrence: Depression, physical symptoms, and immune function." Presented at Society of Behavioral Medicine, Baltimore, MD. (March 2004)

"Finding benefits in the breast cancer experience (Meritorious Student Poster)." Presented at Society of Behavioral Medicine, Boston, MA. (April 2005)

"Differences in social, psychological, and cognitive factors between smoking and non-smoking college students." Presented at Society of Behavioral Medicine, Boston, MA. (April 2005)

"Biobehavioral responses of spouses of women with breast cancer recurrence: A matched comparison." Presented at Annual Stress and Immunity Cancer Projects Reception, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (October 2005)

"Healthy boundaries: Maintaining boundaries in professional relationships." Presented at James Care for Life Ethics Workshop, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (November 2005)

"Communication and intimacy post-prostatecomy." Presented at JamesCare for Life - Spouses of Prostate Cancer Survivors Group, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (November 2005)

"Social facilitation expectation, rate of smoking, and cessation attempts predict cessation self-efficacy among college students." Presented at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. (December 2005)

"Gender differences in cognitive expectations predict smoking rates among college students." Presented at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. (December 2005)

"Complementary and alternative medicine use among breast cancer survivors." Presented at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. (December 2005)

"Talking with your spouse about cancer." Presented at JamesCare for Life Cancer Survivorship Series, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (April 2006)

"Conversations at the crossroads: Preparing for end of life." Presented at Cancer Care Across the Continuum, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital & Richard J. Solove Research Institute Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (March 2006)

"Restoring yourself through relaxation.." Presented at JamesCare for Life Cancer Survivorship Series, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (September 2006)

"Symptom Management: The relationship between physical and psychological symptoms." Presented at First Annual Columbus Breast Cancer Symposium, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (April 2007)

"Comparison of four strategies for diagnosing depression among advanced cancer patients with severe pain." Presented at American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Meeting, Irvine, CA, US|USA. (February 2008)

"Facing cancer together." Presented at JamesCare for Life Cancer Survivorship Series, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (March 2008)

"Diagnosing depression among advanced cancer patients with severe pain." Presented at American Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, US|USA. (November 2008)

"Psychological distress & palliative medicine." Presented at Amyloidosis Support Group, Columbus, OH. (March 2009)

"The oncology electronic medical record: Patient preferences for disclosure of supportive care information." Presented at American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, US|USA. (February 2009)

"Predictors of suicidal ideation among cancer patients referred to a palliative care clinic." Presented at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Annual Scientific Meeting, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (February 2009)

"Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Pain Severity and Pain Interference Among Palliative Care Patients." Presented at American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, US|USA. (February 2009)

"Moving through loss." Presented at JamesCare for Life Survivorship Series, Columbus, OH. (April 2009)

"Palliative and supportive care at the James." Presented at OSUMC Volunteer Services Invited Lecture Series, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (May 2009)

"Pain & addiction: An interdisciplinary harm reduction model." Presented at OSUMC Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (September 2009)

"Prescribing opioids for individuals with advanced disease: A harm reduction model." Presented at Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH. (November 2009)

"Pain & addiction: An interdisciplinary harm reduction model." Presented at OSUMC James Complex Case Grand Rounds, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (July 2009)

"Mood and anxiety symptoms among advanced cancer patients: Kids matter." Presented at American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. (March 2010)

"Integrating psychologists on the medical team: The mind-body connection." Presented at Ohio Psychological Association Annual Convention, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (November 2010)

"Medical management of malignant bowel obstruction: Case discussions and review of literature." Presented at American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. (March 2010)

"Implementing outpatietn distress screening in a Comprehensive Cancer Center." Presented at Advocating for Clinical Excellence (ACE): Transdisciplinary Palliative Care Education Reunion Conference, Pasadena, CA. (October 2010)

"Worry as a significant predictor of insomnia among palliative care patients with advanced cancer." Presented at American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Care Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. (March 2010)

"Predictors of suicidal ideation among palliative care patients." Presented at American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Care Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. (March 2010)

"Supportive care assessment: Patient preferences for disclosure of palliative care information." Presented at American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Care Annual Meeting, Boston, MA. (March 2010)

"Worry predicts insomnia among palliative care outpatients with advanced cancer." Presented at American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. (February 2010)

"Things worse than cancer: The emotional toll of financial distress during advanced cancer survivorship." Presented at American Psychosocial Oncology Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. (February 2010)

"Effectiveness of antidepressant medication use among a convenience sample of cancer patients referred to palliative care." Presented at American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Vancouver, BC. (February 2011)

"Randomized trial of a cognitive-behavioral anxiety-insomnia intervention for advanced cancer survivors: Exploration of neuro-immune processes associated with anxiety." Presented at OSUMC James Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Control Grand Rounds, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (March 2011)

"Treatment of insomnia and anxiety for cancer survivors." Presented at Friends of Harding Invited Presentation, Columbus, OH. (May 2011)

"Management of depression for cancer patients." Presented at James Cancer Hospital Hematology-Oncology Lecture Series, Columbus, OH, US|USA. (April 2011)

"Finding Our Center Under Stress (FOCUS): An anxiety-insomnia intervention and exploration of neuro-immune processes for advanced cancer survivors." Presented at Annual Kathy Foley American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Care Research Scholars Meeting, Quebec, CA. (October 2011)

"Palliative care: A holistic approach to symptom management." Presented at National Urology Nursing Society, Columbus, OH. (November 2011)

 

Professional Activities

2002 - 2004 Scientific Review Panel, Behavioral & Social Sciences. Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. Washington, DC.
 

Technical Reports

Wells-Di Gregorio SM. Data Template: Guidelines for writing methods and results and conducting power analyses for graduate students. Columbus, OH: (January 2000).