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Update on
ADIE Faculty Fellows
Judy Myers
ADIE Faculty Fellow in Research, 2009-2011
The first ADIE Faculty Fellow in Research was Judy Myers in the IU Southeast School of
Nursing. From 2009-2011, Judy collaborated with Floyd Memorial Hospital to test the
efficacy of massage therapy to alleviate the after-effects of fatigue and insomnia suffered
by women during breast cancer treatment. As faculty fellow and principle investigator,
Myers facilitated the development of a multidisiciplinary research team representing
nursing, radiation oncology, immunology, biostatistics, massage, and biofeedback
therapy. Six IU Southeast undergraduate students have served as research
assistants. Randomized clinical trials to investigate non-pharmacological
interventions such as massage and biofeedback are relatively uncommon.
While a number of studies have shown the clinical benefits of massage and
biofeedback during cancer treatment, few have looked at the biochemical
effects. To date, 23 women have completed the massage therapy trial
with no adverse events and another nine are currently enrolled in the
heart rate variability biofeedback trial. It is anticipated that data analysis
will be complete and findings presented in a variety of professional
venues in the fall of 2013.
Valerie Scott
ADIE Faculty Fellow in Research, 2012-2013
The second - and current - ADIE Faculty Fellow in Research is Valerie
Scott, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. This past
summer Valerie attended a workshop to learn about administration
of the IDI: Intercultural Development Inventory. The IDI focuses on
one’s ability to shift cultural perspective and behaviorally adapt. In
the educational setting, assessment of cultural competence skills and
training has shown inconsistent results. During her fall 2012 Psychology
and Cultures course, various assignments collected during the semester
will help Scott determine the basic cultural competence levels of these
students. Thus, she is hoping that a more systematic approach (activities
designed to match the developmental goal of the course, assessment
geared at measuring various intercultural strengths and weakness)
will prove to be a reasonable and practical option. She intends to run
correlations between the pre-post scores of the other instruments and
between those and the IDI. Upcoming issues of Transformations will
detail Scott’s progress in this research venture.